Bits: 480 Avios with Now TV box, double Avios at Chestertons, Virgin’s Manchester lounge shuts
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News in brief:
480 Avios and £10 off with a £15 NOW TV box
This was covered in more detail over at Shopper Points yesterday but it is worth a wider airing as it is a very generous overall package.
Sky’s NOWTV box turns your TV into a smart TV. It lets you watch Sky channels without a contract and also streams catch up TV straight to your TV. The only downside is that it won’t let you watch Netflix (get a Google Chromecast) or Amazon Prime (get an Amazon Fire Stick).
Tesco Direct is currently offering three special packs at £10 off. More importantly, you will receive 100 Clubcard points with your order. Even better, at present the Tesco website is ‘glitchy’ and is adding 200 Clubcard points (480 Avios) per box.
There are three packs to choose from depending on whether you prefer sports, entertainment or movies. These passes offer excellent value for money even if you ignore the value of the NOW TV box – £15 is not a bad price to pay to get access to Sky Movies for two months, for example.
Click the link below to be taken to the appropriate Tesco Direct page:
3 month pass for Sky Entertainment
The NOW TV offer runs until 17th January – although I would expect the ‘extra’ 100 points to disappear before then.
Double Avios at Chestertons estate agents in January
Last year, as I wrote here, estate agent Chestertons became a new Avios earning partner.
During January, Chestertons is offering double Avios for new instructions. That would earn you 2 points for every £1 of your fee.
I certainly wouldn’t pick an estate agent purely on the back of earning a few points – it is too big a decision for that – but if all other things are equal then the deal is worth a look. You can find our more on their website. The deal is valid for landlords as well as anyone selling a property.
Virgin’s lounge in Manchester closes – with no alternative
Bad news for anyone flying in Virgin Atlantic Upper Class from Manchester in the next few months.
On 10th January, the ‘Escape’ lounge (pictured above) is closing for a refurbishment. It will remain closed for 15 weeks which means it will be shut over Easter.
Virgin is NOT making a replacement lounge available. If you are eligible to use a lounge and are flying with Virgin, you will receive a restaurant voucher to use in the terminal.
This will also impact Priority Pass customers using Terminal 2 who will have to use the Swissport lounge instead.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (March 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):
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard
A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 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.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four 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.
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) and free for a year 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.)