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.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 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):
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.
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.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
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