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News in brief:

Get a bargain in the Business Traveller charity auction

Business Traveller magazine is once again running its annual online charity auction. This year the cause is The Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in Putney.

BT has an unbeatable contact list in the industry and they have put together a huge list of items, from flights to cuddy toys.  See here for details.

It is obviously for a great cause, so do take a quick look and see if anything takes your fancy. The deadline for bids is tomorrow, December 31st.

It is limited to Business Traveller UK readers so the competition for lots is not huge, although don’t expect many giveaways.  I know at least one Head for Points reader successfully got a bargain in previous years.

As usual, Jumeirah has thrown in some very generous packages and, at the moment, those lots are looking very undervalued – possibly because not a lot of people are aware of how good their properties are.  Five nights in a Club Premier Suite at Emirates Towers in Dubai, for example, is just £869 at the time of writing – you would be paying around £2,700 for the same room in February.

There are some other Dubai hotels on the list which also seem underpriced.

There is one other lot which looks like it is slipping under the radar.  Singapore Airlines has donated five 12-month passes for two people for its Heathrow Terminal 2 business class lounge.  These are currently selling for a pitiful £26 to £36 each.

If you fly out of Terminal 2 on a regular basis then buying one of these passes would be an outstanding deal.  You can use the lounge irrespective of which carrier you are flying on (according to the terms and conditions) – all you need to remember is that the lounge is in the B satellite so you would need to walk there and back if flying from the main building.

Virgin Atlantic 747

Virgin Atlantic extends leisure routes for 2016/17

Virgin Atlantic has released details of new and increased frequencies on popular leisure routes which will kick in from next year:

Havana – an extra weekly flight added between November 2016 and March 2017

Glasgow to Orlando – season extended so the service will now continue to November 2016 and then restart a month earlier than usual, in March 2017

Manchester to Las Vegas – season extended so the service will now continue to November 2016 and then restart a month earlier than usual, in March 2017

Gatwick to Las Vegas – two additional weekly flights added in September and October 2016

Gatwick to Orlando – three additional weekly flights added in August 2016

You will also be able to earn and spend Virgin Flying Club miles on two new Delta Air Lines services from next year:

Heathrow to Salt Lake City

Edinburgh to New York JFK

HFP Virgin Atlantic Rewards credit card

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 2021)

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 30,000 Points until 15th October 2021):

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

30,000 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 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points:

Nectar American Express

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

Until 2nd November 2021, there is a special offer on The Platinum Card from American Express.

You will receive a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points which converts into 60,000 Virgin Points.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 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 (20)

  • Alan says:

    Could be handy having the new Delta EDI option – I wonder if you could book VS out (for the Clubhouse) then Delta back (for direct routing avoiding LHR). Could be handy now Little Red is no longer.

  • โปรโมทเว็บฟรี says:


    Get a deal in Business Traveller’s charity auction

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