News in brief:
See the FA Cup Third Round with Emirates Skywards miles
I have written before about using Emirates Skywards miles for Executive Box seats at Arsenal or the other football clubs around Europe sponsored by Emirates.
Emirates is now the lead sponsor of the FA Cup. For the 2nd Round in December, they offered tickets for just 1 mile.
Now that the 3rd Round is here, they are not being that generous. However, at just 4,000 Emirates miles for a ticket, you can’t complain.
As at 3pm yesterday the following games were available. Remember that you can only book a maximum of two tickets per game per Emirates account.
- Exeter City v Liverpool
- Wycombe v Aston Villa
- Eastleigh v Bolton
- Doncaster v Stoke
- Manchester Utd v Sheffield Utd
- Chelsea v Scunthorpe or Leyton Orient
- Tottenham v Leicester
These are for games in the second weekend of January.
Book via this page on the Emirates website (log-in required).
Get 3,000 free miles for joining Virgin Flying Club
Virgin Atlantic has brought back the special offer for joining Virgin Flying Club which first ran a couple of months ago. Via the Virgin Red app which I discussed here, you will receive 3,000 miles for joining Flying Club.
If you have an Android phone, the good news is that Virgin Red has just launched on that platform too, as well as the original iOS version.
You don’t need to do anything. The miles will be automatically dropped in your account within seven days.
3,000 miles won’t get you far. However, once you have your account open, you are better placed to pick some miles via the generous credit card sign-up bonus, opening an ISA, buying wine, Heathrow Rewards, Tesco Clubcard conversions or American Express Membership Rewards.
The offer is only available to 2,000 people and it was down to 1,500 yesterday afternoon.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (December 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):
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into 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.)