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Virgin / Regus partnership ends May 22nd – last chance for a free Regus Gold

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I have written a few pieces on Head for Points recommending Regus business lounges.  (Although I also wrote a piece explaining how I get robbed in them once every 18 months …..)  70% of what you read on HfP is written in Regus.

For many years, to keep their centres busy during the recession, Regus was giving away free access (unlimited visits) to their lounges via a number of loyalty programmes.  In late 2013 Regus started tightening up their access rules as I wrote here.  Since then, the company has tightened the screw even further so I thought it was time to take another look.

For the last 18 months, the most generous Regus offer has been for elite members of Virgin Flying Club and Virgin Black credit card holders.  This offer is ending on May 22nd, however, so you should jump in now if you qualify even if you don’t plan to use it immediately.

Regus Heathrow

Let’s take a step back first.

The company Regus may or may not be familiar to you.  They are the worlds leading provider of ‘serviced office space’. This is, fundamentally, treating office space like a hotel.

You want an office for a day / a week / a month / a year for 1 / 2 / 5 / 20 people? They can provide it. You don’t need to worry about furniture, IT, cleaning, receptionists etc – they provide it all. It is an effective route for start-ups or for businesses which are growing quickly.

However, it is the other side of the Regus operation that is the point of this post.

Almost all Regus centres feature a ‘business lounge’.  They vary in size, but most feature open-plan seating areas, 1-4 Apple Mac computers available for free use and 1-10 ‘pods’, available on a first come, first served basis (for free) which provide a semi-private work area.

Free wi-fi and free tea and coffee are provided in all lounges. 

Last year Regus opened a lounge in the Terminal 5 arrivals hall at Heathrow.  They have also launched at Gatwick South.

If your job takes you ‘out and about’ a lot, or you work for yourself but simply don’t like sitting in Starbucks or your house all day, then working out of Regus lounges is a very viable alternative. Regus also has a global network, so you can pop into centres pretty much wherever you are in the world.

Frankly, even if you buy a global pass for £49 + VAT per month, it is a bargain if you use it a lot.

Historically, though, you didn’t even have to pay that. There were numerous loyalty programmes that issued a FREE BusinessWorld Gold card to their members on request.

This has now, to all intents and purposes, dried up.  Instead, Regus introduced a new card called ‘Regus BusinessWorld Preferred‘.  You get 15 free visits per year to Regus business lounges, which is still very handy.

Over the last few months, free ‘Regus BusinessWorld Preferred’ cards have also become harder to find.  As far I can tell, this is the current state of play:

Virgin Flying Club – Partnership ends on May 22nd.  Gold still available to Flying Club Silver and Flying Club Gold members and Virgin Black credit card holders. Importantly, as you can see from the link, Virgin offers their base level Flying Black members the chance to buy a BusinessWorld Gold card (UK only) for half price at just over £200 for a year. You will also receive 3,000 Virgin Flying Club miles.

IHG Rewards Club – offer ended

Avis Preferred – offer ended

American Airlines – Gold still seems available to paying Admirals Club members but not elites

United MileagePlus – offers Regus BusinessWorld Preferred for free, it is not clear if all members qualify or only elites

Miles & More – offer ended

TripItPro – offer ended

National Car Rental – offer ended

RICS (UK Chartered Surveyors) – offers BusinessWorld Preferred although ironically the activation code remains MSREGUSBWGOLD as per an older offer

Delta – offer ended

If you know of any other Regus BusinessWorld promotions available via travel loyalty schemes, please let me know.  Their days do seem to be numbered, however.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (June 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 Read our full review

You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points

(Want to earn more Virgin Points?  Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

Comments (26)

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  • Roger says:

    Yup, as mentioned above expiry dates are unclear as they don’t show on the cards themselves.

    I have several though as yet unused as I have always had alternatives. Is there a way of checking expiry dates? I can’t remember how I got the cards but suspect BD Gold was one of them.

  • Simon Schus says:

    Hi all,

    Just a date point here.

    I had a Regus Gold through AMEX Black last year (signed up around Feb or March 2014?). However, the card expired despite not having any expiry date on it. I had to phone up Regus and go through a fair few emails for them extend my card as I still had Flying Club Silver and the AMEX Black which meant that I was eligible for renewal. For those who go through the same process, I found email to be a much better way of dealing with Regus than telephone.

    I only found out that the card had expired as I used one of the business lounges (as I do for a few days every two or three weeks). I was let in and nothing was mentioned. A few days later though, I receive a bill for lounge use in my email.

    Based on this experience, I surmise that the newer cards expire.


  • Kim H says:

    Not a travel scheme but the Institute of Directors now offers access to Regus Preferred status as a membership benefit – 10 solo visits/month and a discount on private room bookings –

    (Disclaimer- I work for IoD but am not connected with the offer – I’m here because I’m a HfP regular)

  • Nathaniel says:

    I got my BusinessWorld Preferred with Avis last year, never used it. Decided today to check up the account status online and it now shows up as Gold!? Very strange – has anyone else got this?

    And now I’ve signed up for the Virgin Black too…

    • Roger C says:

      I’m exactly the same. Preferred through Avis, never used and after registering today it’s coming up as Gold. I guess I’ll just have to try it out…

  • RIccati says:

    I have found that my Regus registration (via Virgin Black) was gone after about a year — could not log in with the email I provided.

    Re-registered successfully. Definitely makes sense to check if your Regus card from Virgin Club partnership expired.

    • Rob says:

      The cards seem to live forever ….

      • Alan says:

        I’ve got old bmi and United issued Regus cards, have applied for the VS Gold one too to make it three – hopefully some of them will still be working!

  • Henry says:

    I got a Regus Gold card a number of years ago through some promotion or other but I never had occasion to use it until about a year and a half ago, in Sydney, when I needed to print a two-page document that I had on a USB stick. I chose the most convenient Regus location and went in. All the computers in the ‘business lounge’ were in use but when I explained to the receptionist what I needed she said ‘no worries’ and quickly printed my file on her printer behind the counter. How nice.

    A month later I was back and in a similar situation except that this time I only needed one page printed. I went to the same Regus but this time there was a different clerk on duty and … oh … well … she just wasn’t sure if that was even possible. She checked with one of her colleagues and they concluded that, yes, she could help me but that there was a charge of 40 cents per page. This came as a surprise because I hadn’t been asked to pay anything at the earlier visit but, all right, 40 cents is not unreasonable … and I needed the page printed. But then came the farce: she had to charge me (couldn’t just print the one page and give it to me) but she had no capacity to accept cash — so she had to process a charge on my VISA card … for 40 cents.

    I haven’t needed to go back to any Regus ever since so I don’t know if my Gold card is still valid or not.

  • RK says:

    Does anyone know of a lounge in London open later than 7pm?

  • John says:

    My Virgin cards came through the letterbox this morning, but there’s no mention of Regus. I’m guessing this will come in the next few days, but just wanted to check in case there’s anything I needed to do to activate the membership? Thanks

    • Rob says:

      You need to apply online – look on the Virgin Atlantic website under Partners for the link

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