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Bits: Virgin launches Boston and San Francisco from Manchester, Virgin / Flybe codeshares, new Tesco printer ink deal

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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.

It seems unlikely that you will be able to earn or redeem Virgin Flying Club miles with Flybe given their existing partnership with Avios.

Virgin Atlantic Flybe codeshares

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.

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Comments

  1. I was hoping the new routes may mean a clubhouse, due to the number of destinations now served from Manchester. But alas, according to their Twitter there are no plans at present. Seems silly that IAD has one but MAN doesn’t.

    • gumshoe says:

      There’s speculation on V-Flyer that a Clubhouse is planned for MAN for 2018, as part of the airport expansion.

    • Will have to wait for the new terminal!

  2. signol says:

    So they’re not including the BE MAN-NWI flight? Shame.

  3. Damian says:

    Will the taxes and other charges from Manchester be lower than Heathrow with Virgin?

    • Probably, but not by much. Upper to Atlanta is about £25 cheaper from Manchester than Heathrow.

  4. Graeme says:

    Ever-so-slightly OT…. Saint Helena is getting an airport! Comair will be running the service, so does that mean there might be redemption seats available???

  5. Geoff Foster says:

    Tried to buy HP ink from Tesco on Thursday – order cancelled, tried again this morning (Sat) and same thing happened. Have spoken to customer services who tell me inks are ‘Long term out of stock’!!!!

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