This week saw my first visit to the Virgin Trains First Class lounge at London Euston railway station since it was fully remodelled last year.
Unlike the old East Coast trains, which didn’t allow First Advance ticket holders into its (far bigger) lounge, Virgin West Coast has always allowed any First Class ticket holder in. The problem is that the space is far too small for what they want to achieve, and the latest refurbishment – which is actually impressive given what they had to work with – simply reinforces that.
Here are how the new spaces look:
and (note the fake exposed brickwork at the back!):
and the bar (food was limited to pastries at 10am):
I did like this work area off to one side, which provided plenty of space (there are more desks directly opposite) for people who did have serious work to do:
All in all, Virgin Trains has done the best it can with the space available. I continue to be impressed by their willingness to open it to First Advance ticket holders.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 2023)
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):
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.
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 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
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