News in brief:
New BA short haul routes
British Airways has added seven new short haul routes from London Heathrow to their Summer 2017 season.
Included is one of the most gorgeous cities I’ve been to: Tallinn in Estonia. (Here is my review of the Hilton Tallinn Park and a photo from my trip is below.)
In total there will be six new routes from Terminal 5 and one new route from Terminal 3.
- Brindisi (Tuesdays and Saturdays)
- Montpellier (Wednesdays and Saturdays)
- Murcia (Tuesdays and Saturdays)
- Nantes (Wednesdays and Saturdays)
- Tallinn (Tuesdays and Saturdays)
- Zakynthos (Wednesdays and Saturdays)
- Pula (Tuesdays and Saturdays)
Cash and Avios redemption seats are available for booking at ba.com.
The best Virgin Atlantic redemption
Head for Points dedicated a lot of time this week to analysing the changes to Virgin Flying Club.
What we didn’t point out at the time is that there is one ‘no brainer’ best redemption out there.
It is illegal to add any sort of fuel surcharge to flights which are booked from Hong Kong. This does not apply to return tickets which start elsewhere, however. Your ticket must start in Hong Kong.
After 16th January, a one-way redemption from Hong Kong to London will cost, off peak:
12,500 Flying Club miles + £35 in Economy
22,500 Flying Club miles + £35 in Premium Economy
57,500 Flying Club miles + £35 in Upper Class
You really can’t argue with that. You obviously need to get to Hong Kong in the first place, as those are one way prices to get back to London, but this flight would be a great addition to a round the world itinerary.
PS. It is also illegal to add fuel surcharges to flights departing Brazil, which makes one way Avios redemptions from Brazil to London (on BA) or Madrid (on Iberia) also a great deal.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 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 30,000 Points until 15th October 2021):
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 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points:
Until 2nd November 2021, there is a special offer on The Platinum Card from American Express.
You will receive a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points which converts into 60,000 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.)