Bits: see the FA Cup with Emirates, 3000 miles for joining Virgin Flying Club

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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).  Thanks to Raj, who is the person to blame if you want to know why Arsenal v Sunderland is showing as ‘sold out’!

Kudos (but no prize!) to the first person who knows who the person wearing the Doncaster Rovers shirt in the picture below is ….!

Doncaster Rovers

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 7 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.

(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles?  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.)

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  1. I certainly know the name of the singer in the picture but there isn’t any Kudos for that.

  2. Embarrassed to say that it’s Louis Tomlinson. I remember reading the article and in now way endorse his music.

  3. I cant find the Virgin Red app on the iphone app store ??
    I searched “Virgin Red” and “Virgin Flying Club” but nada.

  4. Can someone who previously had flying club account, which is now dormant (no activity for last 3 or 4 years), reapply?

    • That won’t be a problem, the dormancy thing just means you have lost your points balance, not that they don’t want you back

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      FYI – a friend of mine restarted crediting to their dormant/expired VS account and all the old miles were still there!

  5. O/t Accorhotels, I’ll stick it here so that it gets noticed + on the Accorhotels thread

    I managed to convert 1100 over to Iberia Avios yesterday, using Chrome as my browser & Andrew H’s link on – the last one, ie iberiaplus aytomatic burn.

    ‘Your points have been converted to Air Miles
    Following your request dated December 15, 2015, from now on your Le Club Accorhotels points will be automatically transferred to your Iberia account, after each stay.’

    Also worked for my wife’s new a/c, so thanks Andrew H & Raffles for the free 4400 Avios 🙂

    • Thanks for brining this up here Harry otherwise I’d have missed it! It worked for me.

    • I thought the transfer is 1:1 to Iberia? So wouldn’t that be 2200 Avios?

      • you’re right (unfortunately) – mis-read what Raffles said
        ‘The minimum conversion to Avios points is 3,000 points. You should always transfer Accor points into Iberia and not British Airways because the conversion rate is 1:1 compared with 2:1!’

    • Will get the points now and try and sort out the link to Iberia on Chrome tonight. Useless IE!

    • Thanks Harry!

    • Thanks Harry it worked for me too. Also now set up an account for my husband and converted them too!

      • Hasn’t worked for me on IE, Chrome or Firefox. Have followed the instructions but no email?

        • Timing/ method – I deleted any existing reward instruction on IB using Internet Explorer, then switched to Chrome (as Andrew said that was what he used that worked) and did as I suggested above, making IB the preferred automatic burn option.

          No message that it was going to be instant! Just I could see the autoconversion change had been made by USING ANDREW’S link.

          Then in the night the 2 emails arrived telling me mission success/ conversion success, plus that any future Accor earnings would be converted straight away with no need to hit a higher redemption quantity.

          So maybe it WOULD have worked for you on Chrome, but you were too impatient 🙂

          Maybe do it all again and get some sleep?, it will probably be actioned by the morning.

        • Ha I’m not quite that impatient I did all that on various browsers, the issue was after pressing confirm I was getting a blank page. Anyway finally tried on Safari on the trusty iphone 4 and 1100 avios are coming my way hopefully

          The gf is almost certainly moving to Limassol for an fx job in January so all avios routes very welcome!

        • Confirmed a transferred this morning via email, not checked Iberia yet tho but my Accor balance is zero. Cheers Harry and Andrew!

  6. Will you also get 3000 if you join via the Android app?

  7. O/T what’s the best Priority Pass option @ Luton airport, pls?

    My wife is cancelling her RFS flight & coming out a few days sooner on a no-frills airline

  8. Thanks Rob (and Raj!). Just bagged myself 2 tickets to Man Utd v Shef Utd for 8000 miles. Considering my balance was 8500 and due to expire very soon, I’m very happy! Well, as happy as you can be watching LVG’s team play, but that’s another story..

    • You’re welcome Amo – a great use of points in my view though I hear what you say about LVG. I’m a Leicester boy originally, so riding high at the moment….(Arsenal’s a birthday treat for the son…)

      • Loving the Leicester run right now. One of my colleagues is a huge fan and seeing her happy is almost as good as seeing my Fantasy Football team doing so well.

    • Red Scum play Other Red Scum. Not sure which I want to lose the most!!!

  9. Are you sure about the referral miles Rob?

    As I read the Virgin T&Cs, the referrer gets 5,000 or 10,000 miles depending the refereee booking into PE or UC but the referee only gets 2,000 miles (PE) or 3,000 miles (UC) themselves:

    3.2.4 For every person you refer who joins Flying Club, you will earn Miles on the basis of the cabin in which they complete their first round trip with Virgin Atlantic: the following Miles will be awarded in qualifying classes: Economy 2,000 Miles, Premium Economy 5,000 Miles and Upper Class 10,000 Miles.

    3.2.6 For all persons referred who subsequently join Flying Club and travel, they will earn bonus Miles on the basis of the cabin in which they complete their first round trip with Virgin Atlantic: the following Miles will be awarded in qualifying classes: Economy, 1,000 Miles, Premium Economy 2,000 Miles and Upper Class 3,000 Miles.

  10. How can they ensure people won’t sign up for different emails, get the miles, then transfer them into one account?

    Great promo though, thanks 🙂

  11. Raffles – a friend (living near KUL), has 45k Amex MR, and around 6k Skywards miles.

    They were originally going to use the MR for Avios RFS redemptions, but no need now as they get ‘local'(?) flights for 10% of cost due to a deal their boss has done.

    They are thinking of visiting home (LHR) using their miles, but I can’t see any options (of value) unless I’m missing something. Am I right? (I’m great at figuring out going west, but my knowledge of carriers / points redemption opportunities going East is limited)

    Any advice or suggestions to explore would be appreciated 🙂

    • As the points are in MR there is flexibility to use for hotel conversions etc so no major crisis.

      Is 45k enough for a one way in Avios on Malaysian to London? Wouldn’t be enough for 2.

    • 19500 each way BA off peak from most Asian cities. If they route HKG/AMS they can keep taxes to a real minimum.

    • Thanks both… Gives me something else to look at 🙂

  12. New IHG Accelerate offer is out for the new year.

    My Offers
    Points Value Offer Description Status
    5,000 January Bonus Offer
    Stay once in January and get 5,000 bonus points. Terms
    3,000 Stay Once Get 3,000
    Thank you for choosing IHG. We’d like to see you again soon. Stay once and earn 3,000 bonus points. Terms
    7,500 Stay More, Earn More
    Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 5 night(s) and earn 7,500 bonus points. Terms
    2,600 Travel with the IHG® App
    Book 2 stay(s) with the IHG® App and earn 2,600 bonus points. Terms
    2,000 Earn More, Faster
    Earn 2,000 bonus points when you book 1 bonus points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster. Terms
    34,900 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 3 of the 4 offers above and earn (an additional) 34,900 bonus points (excluding the January Bonus Offer). Terms

  13. The virgin red app 3000 miles, how long does it normally take to hit accounts?

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