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Bits: Virgin cooling off period for buying miles, €29 Vueling sale, Cathay business sale

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News in brief:

Virgin introduces a cooling off period when buying miles

Virgin Flying Club is currently offering a targeted 30% bonus when you buy miles.  You should have received an email about this if you are included, but you can try speculatively logging in here if you are not sure or are opted out of receiving marketing emails.

Virgin has quietly brought in a ‘cooling off’ period when you buy miles.  I’m not sure if this is a brand new feature but I had never seen it mentioned before, either by the airline or by readers.

According to the terms and conditions:

Members will have the right to cancel any purchase of miles for up to 7 days after the date of purchase, provided that none of the purchased miles have been redeemed. If any of the purchased miles have been redeemed then members will not be entitled to a refund for any of the purchased miles including those that have not been redeemed. Once the 7 day cooling off period has expired, any miles purchased and received by members are non-refundable and non-transferable, except as expressly permitted by the terms and conditions of Flying Club.

This is likely to be a positive move for Virgin.  If you see a reward seat available but don’t have the miles, you now have no risk if you choose to purchase the rest.  If the reward seat has gone by the time the miles turn up, you can simply ask for a refund.

The Virgin ‘buy miles’ page is here if you want to double-check if you are targeted.

Vueling

€29.99 Vueling sale launched

Vueling, BA’s sister airline, has launched a €29.99 sale (including booking fees and card charges) which runs until 10th July.

It is valid for departures between 17th July and 22nd December.

Details can be found on the Vueling site here.

Vueling currently flies from Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester and London Luton / Gatwick / Heathrow.  Routes vary but there is usually a predominance towards Spain, especially their Barcelona hub, and Italy.

Vueling is due to be launching its own Avios programme any month soon.  Until then, you cannot earn Avios points unless you book via the Iberia or British Airways websites onto a codeshare flight – and those will always cost more than booking directly with Vueling.

Cathay business class

Cathay Pacific launches a business class sale

Whilst Vueling won’t give you any Avios, Cathay Pacific will, as it is a member of the oneworld alliance.  You will also earn British Airways tier points when you fly with them.

Cathay has just launched a new sale.  You can find details of economy offers on their website.

For business class, there are deals from both Manchester and London.  Cathay Pacific has a very high quality business class product – see the business class seat pictured above – and at these prices it becomes decent value.

Offers include (all flights are via Hong Kong):

  • London / Manchester to Bangkok / Phuket – £1,999
  • London / Manchester to Singapore – £2,399
  • London / Manchester to Seoul – £2,429
  • London / Manchester to Tokyo – £2,409

You need to book by 31st July for travel between:

  • 1st October 2017 to 31st December 2017
  • 16th February 2018 to 28th March 2018
  • 9th April 2018 to 31st May 2018

Comments (43)

  • Cate says:

    Doesn’t the distance selling rules by credit card only kick in on purchases 100 quid and over?

    • Genghis says:

      I think you’re thinking of S75? Consumer contracts regulations can be made by any means and for any amount.

      • Cate says:

        Aah.. thank you Genghis. Would that mean that I can cancel the HEX booking I made last night at the wrong IHG hotel do you know? It says it’s nonrefundable.

        • Cate says:

          Thanks Genghis. Have phoned them up and they said up to Hotel. Hotel said yes and cancelled. Result if i get the money back!!! 🙂

  • JamesB says:

    OT Virgin trains sale: 1000 bonus nectar points per booking on my online nectar account. Probably all nectar accounts have it.

    • Genghis says:

      Again? I booked another Haymarket to Waverley trip only recently.

      • JamesB says:

        Yes, tied to the sale this time but perhaos any ticket will do.

  • Fenny says:

    OT: Has anyone else had issues registering and activating their Creation IHG card? I got the white card a couple of weeks ago and didn’t get round to activating it until this evening.
    On the card it says either ring the number or go online to activate. So I go online, put in the card number and personal details and get a message that all is OK. I then set up an online account, get the confirmation email and log into my account, but get a message that the card is not activated and I can only ring the CS number before 8pm.
    So I can’t activate the card tonight, which means I’ll be paying £120 on rail tickets on another card and this will probably go in a drawer until I find the inclination to use it again. If it weren’t for the sign up bonus, I’d send it back. Every other card I’ve ever had has either been activated online or via a 24 hr phone number.

    • Alan says:

      Sadly only daytime phone number from the couple of times I remember activating them – which even worse IIRC ended up seeming to be an automated system that made me wonder why I couldn’t have done it out of hours! (I may be misremembering though)

      • Fenny says:

        If I get home in time tomorrow, I’ll try again. Otherwise it can wait until I remember. I can slam the car payment on it at the end of August, transfer it off to a 0% transfer card, pocket the points and cancel it. I can’t be doing with things that take too much effort to use.