News in brief:
Virgin Atlantic to launch two new routes from Manchester
In a surprising but welcome move, Virgin Atlantic is to launch new routes to Boston and San Francisco from Manchester.
You will need to wait a while before you can fly as these routes will only launch with the Summer 2017 timetable. This implies late March 2017.
San Francisco will operate three times per week together with two weekly flights to Boston.
Both routes will use (presumably the same) Airbus A330 in a three class configuration.
Existing Virgin routes from Manchester are Atlanta, Las Vegas, Orlando and Barbados. Virgin partner and 49% shareholder Delta also operates a New York service from the airport.
You can read more on the Manchester Evening News site.
Virgin to codeshare with Flybe
Separately, Virgin Atlantic has announced a codeshare agreement with Flybe. This will allow passengers to book Flybe connections to Virgin Atlantic flights on a single ticket, with baggage checked through.
Full details of the twenty Flybe routes included, covering Gatwick, Glasgow and Manchester, can be found here on the Virgin Atlantic website.
Cheap Avios deal with Tesco and HP printer inks
Over at Shopper Points today are details of a new printer ink deal from Tesco Direct. You can read the article here.
On the face of it, you are spending £8 for 480 Avios which is not a bargain at 1.66p each. However ….. these HP printer inks can easily be resold on eBay which could bring your cost per point down to 0.8p – if you are willing to put in the time.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (January 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 15,000 Points):
You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.
(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.)