News in brief:
British Airways Gatwick terminal move update
British Airways released more information on Friday about the switch of terminals at Gatwick.
The changeover date is now (re)confirmed for Wednesday 25th January.
A few test flights will be going from Gatwick South for anyone who wants to try it out in advance, although the new BA lounge will not be open then. These are:
- BA2776 to Jersey on 23rd November
- BA2273 to New York JFK on 11th January
- BA2612 to Naples on 19th January
Etihad Guest status with one flight
Etihad has been running a promotion with The Times this week to give Etihad Guest status to anyone who signs up and takes one flight.
The offer is only open to new members of Etihad Guest who sign up via the link on this page. If you already have an Etihad Guest account which is empty, you may want to create a new one with different address and email details. This isn’t ideal, of course, but Etihad should have made the rules more flexible …..
You will receive Etihad Silver status if you take an Economy flight with Etihad before 10th May 2017.
You will receive Etihad Gold status if you take a Business or First Class flight with Etihad before 10th May 2017.
The rules are vague unfortunately:
it talks about a closing date of 24th November but it does not say if that is the last day to open the Etihad Guest account or the last day to book
it doesn’t say if the flight must be a return flight
it doesn’t say if the flight must depart from the UK
It is worth noting that a similar deal for Silver status (but not Gold) is freely available to everyone, all year round, if they take out the Etihad Guest credit cards. Full details are in my Etihad Guest credit card review.
Virgin America no longer a Flying Club partner from Monday
Finally, it has emerged that Virgin America will no longer be an earning or redeeming partner of Virgin Atlantic Flying Club from today.
Virgin America is in the process of being acquired by Alaska Airlines and all parties seem to have decided that the imminent relaunch of Flying Club was a good time to make the break.
My one experience of Virgin America domestic First Class was excellent as I reviewed here – see the seat photo above. That said, I paid cash for that flight because Flying Club did not allow one-way redemptions. For that reason, this change is not as big a loss as it could have been.
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.)