News in brief:
Interesting Qatar Airways deals from Oslo
These Qatar Airways deals are worth a look because:
you earn Avios and BA tier points when you fly with Qatar – 560 tier points, almost enough for BA Silver, with a return in Business Class to anywhere outside India or the Middle East via Doha
the Qatar Airways business class product is excellent
the fares are very good value
You can take a look at the Oslo deals here. Highlights are:
Cape Town for NOK 15,939 (£1,488)
Auckland for NOK 19,469 (£1,817)
Singapore for NOK 13,989 (£1,306)
….. plus the cost of getting to Oslo and back! But that is what Avios ‘Reward Flight Saver’ redemptions are for ….
Note that whilst two people need to travel together to get the Economy deals, this is NOT the case with the business class deals.
You need to book by 10th April for flights between 21st April and 20th June.
Waitrose shopping now tracking via Virgin Atlantic
My recent article on the ability to earn Virgin Atlantic miles when you shop in-store at Waitrose generated more excitement than most recent pieces.
Following the initial enthusiasm, people started to get concerned when nothing was tracking. The good news is that the Virgin portal is now catching up. As of yesterday, I was showing miles for transactions dated 30th and 31st March:
It isn’t clear if that is the date of the transaction, the date it was processed or the date it posted.
Note that the Virgin Atlantic site is now saying that the ‘4 miles per £1’ deal is a special offer which will only run until 24th May. It isn’t clear what the on-going earning rate will be after that.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (August 2022)
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):
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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into 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.)