Bits: BA changes stance on Qatar ‘R’ class, bonus miles and tier points with Virgin
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News in brief:
British Airways now clear that Qatar ‘R’ class earning is based on travel date
Back in March, Qatar Airways introduced a new selling class for discounted business class tickets – ‘R’. When they launched their exceptionally good business class sale in April, all of the tickets were booked into ‘R’.
There was a problem though. On ba.com, BA had stated in writing that only ‘R’ class tickets PURCHASED after 1st May would qualify for Avios and British Airways tier points. Head for Points readers risked getting no credit for their flights and many did not purchase.
Guess what? Soon after 1st May, people who had purchased ‘R’ class tickets in April started flying them. Despite what had been written on ba.com, they WERE receiving Avios and tier points.
BA has now changed its written position. This is what ba.com now shows:
‘R’ class now counts for TRAVEL after 1st May, not for tickets purchased after that date. If you put off buying a ticket in the Qatar sale because of BA’s earlier position, I think you would be right to feel annoyed.
Double miles and bonus tier points with Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic has launched a new promotion offering bonuses to UK and US based members of Virgin Flying Club. It is open to existing and new members.
The benefits are very strong:
You will receive DOUBLE miles on Upper Class and Premium Economy flights (selling classes J,C,D,I,Z,W,S,K and H)
You will receive two extra tier points per sector in Premium Economy and three extra tier points per sector in Upper Class
Valid for flights between 12th May and 1st September
Selected codeshare flights operated by Delta are included
Registration required via this link
The last day to register AND BOOK is 15th June
To put the tier point bonus in context:
Premium Economy tickets usually earn 3-4 tier points each way, you will now earn 5-6
Upper Class tickets usually earn 5-6 tier points each way, you will now earn 8-9
To put the bonus miles in context, a fully flexible Upper Class ticket to New York would earn 41,500 miles under this offer.
Given that you only need 15 tier points in a rolling 12 month period for Silver, and 40 tier points for Gold, you could earn status very quickly. Virgin tier points are explained here.
Full details of the offer, and the registration link, can be found here.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (June 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: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ card is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points. Apply here.
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
30,000 points bonus (to 13th June) 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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points (worth 60,000 Virgin Points) – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus 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.)