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News in brief:

Last chance for the Avios / Nutmeg deal

The current offer to earn up to 50,000 Avios for opening an ISA or SIPP with Nutmeg closes tomorrow.

As we are now in the 2017/18 tax year, the new annual ISA limit of £20,000 applies.  This would earn you 20,000 Avios.  You can make a larger investment – you earn Avios on the first £50,000 you invest in one transaction – but the balance above £30,000 would sit outside the ISA wrapper.

Full details and the application link are in my original article on this deal which is here.  Remember that your capital is at risk with a Stocks & Share ISA.

Virgin Atlantic brings back £1,000 fares to Boston

Virgin Atlantic has brought back its aggressive Upper Class fares from Manchester to Boston.

How aggressive?  We’re talking ‘£1007 return’ aggressive.

If you are looking to earn some Virgin tier points cheaply or simply want to fly to the US in style – and US fares in economy are not exactly dirt cheap in summer – this is well worth a look.  Even if you are London based, the train trip up to Manchester is not too painful.

Tier point runners should note that you can also book this with a Delta connecting flight from New York or another hub which would generate additional status credit.  No stopovers are allowed however.

Bookings must be made by 12th April and you must travel before 31st May.  

You need to book at least 7 days in advance and stay away for at least 3 days.  You won’t receive the limo transfer at these prices, but you can’t really complain.

The best thing to do if you’re interested is visit the Virgin website and check out potential dates.  Remember to select ‘Upper Class’ before you search, which involves using the drop down ‘Show Advanced Options’ box.  I also strongly recommend using the ‘1 week view’ option as this is not available every day.

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New Norwegian long-haul routes announced

If our recent coverage of Norwegian Reward interested you, you might be interested in two new long-haul routes which Norwegian is launching from London Gatwick this Autumn.

Gatwick to Seattle launches on 17th September.  The service will operate four days per week.

Gatwick to Denver launches on 16th December.  It will initially operate two days per week, increasing to three days to week when the Winter timetable is launched in late October.

Comments (59)

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  • Julian says:


    Re Nutmeg you can actually bag the entire 50,000 Avios if you transfer in an existing ISA worth this much (or the balance between £20,000 new investment and the £50,000 promotion cut off) that is one that your current ISA provider will allow to be transferred electronically (I have yet to find this out in respect of Nationwide where the money currently is). This includes Cash ISAs, which can be moved in to an equity ISA.

    I may do this before tomorrow as I have far too much money sitting in cash and none in equities (I got out of equities three or four years back and some how never got round to investing again) and it gives me a reason to overcome my normal stock market risk aversion for part of my cash holdings. I am of course aware that there are many other equity ISA options than Nutmeg, some of which have lower charges.

    However other Head For Points readers seem to indicate that a several month long struggle with Nutmeg to force them to credit your Avios account with the promised 50,000 bonus may then ensue………………………….

  • Luca says:

    Seems AA are matching the MAN-BOSfligjts however with plenty of options via ORD,JFK and PHL for 360tps.

  • Michael_S says:

    So when is BA launching Seattle and Denver from Gatwick then?

  • aliks says:

    Good to see Norwegian expanding their West Coast offering to give BA some competition.

    I wish I had taken the Norwegian flight from Gatwick to Oakland. We used a 241 to bag some BA seats – flying out today in fact. Sadly BA had a broken deicer on the plane so we are already 3 hours delayed and likely sitting in the lounge for the next few hours.
    On the upside, its a 4 hour delay so that should be a good slug of compensation, and the new BA S Gatwick lounge is pleasant enough – good views over the apron.

  • Billy says:

    Have booked this and the flight seems wide open…

    Virgin are also shortening the season, seems it’s Use it or Lose it!

  • Jeremy I says:

    If you upgrade PRG to Plat do you get a pro rata refund on the PRG fee? Sorry for the dumb question!


  • Will says:

    Completely OT but HfP xmas party seems so long ago, any chance of a midsummer party which won’t require a coat 🙂

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