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Bits: Gate 365 / Avios e-store shopping deal, Virgin / Moneycorp promotion

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News in brief:

Gate 365 / Avios e-store shopping bonuses

If you are starting your Christmas shopping, the British Airways Executive Club ‘Gate 365’ shopping portal has some special deals if you click through its links before purchasing.  These offers are scheduled to launch today.

Examples include:

  • John Lewis (started last week) – 3 Avios per £1 (this was incorrectly listed as 12 earlier, sorry!)
  • House of Fraser – 8 Avios per £1
  • Currys – 4 Avios per £1
  • Selfridges – 16 Avios per £1

These deals run until 6th December.

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Bonus Virgin Flying Club miles with Moneycorp

If you are travelling out of Gatwick soon, Moneycorp is offering triple miles (3 Flying Club miles per £1) if you buy foreign currency from them.

I would strongly recommend against this if you have not pre-ordered as you will receive a terrible rate if you just walk up to the desk.  However, this deal is available on ‘Reserve and Collect’ as long as you exchange £500 or more.

You should compare rates with other companies, of course, but Moneycorp online rates are generally competitive and the 3 miles per £1 could swing it in their direction.

If you are willing to pre-order currency for home delivery, you can also get this same deal.  You do not need to be flying with Virgin Atlantic in order to take advantage.

Full details of the offer can be found here.  It runs until 10th January.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (January 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, one has a bonus of 15,000 points):

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending 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 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 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

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 (40)

  • Caro says:

    HI Can anyone confirm if we get the 16 avios per £ from Selfridges on Apple iphone and Imac.. i need both but suspect it can’t be that easy to land 40K Avios?

  • Caro says:

    OOPS .. just answered my own question….

    Selfridges Special Terms
    Customers will not receive rewards if they’ve clicked through a Selfridges promotional email. Purchases of gift cards, Apple products and products from The Wonder Room are ineligible for customer rewards.

  • Joe says:

    Damn. Got an iPhone from the Apple Store on the 4th @ 6 per £ and it’s just gone up to 8 per £ as of today, the 7th 🙁

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