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News in brief:

Earn 3,000 Virgin miles with a generous wine offer

If you’ve never ordered from Virgin Wines before, it is running a generous offer which is worth a look.

For £65.88 including delivery, you will receive:

12 bottle of wine (mixed whites, mixed reds or mixed mixed!)

a bottle of prosecco

3,000 Virgin Flying Club miles

You are NOT signing up for any future wine deliveries.  Whilst the landing page discusses Virgin’s WineBank scheme, you do not have to join this.  If you click through the ordering process, you will see that you are not agreeing to anything beyond the initial £65.88 purchase.

Full details are here.

If you’d prefer to earn 1,000 Avios with a case of wine, take a look at this Laithwaites offer instead.  It requires an avios.com account.

Virgin Wines

Double Virgin miles buying foreign currency at Moneycorp

Over the weekend I ran this article on how to earn miles when purchasing foreign currency.

As part of that, I mentioned the partnership between Moneycorp and Virgin Flying Club, which is outlined on the Virgin Atlantic site here.  You earn 1 Virgin mile per £1 exchanged.  You can either collect your money from Moneycorp at Gatwick or a regional UK airport (not Heathrow), have it delivered or pick it up at a Moneycorp branch.

Whilst it isn’t mentioned on the Virgin / Moneycorp page, until 31st August you will receive double Virgin miles – 2 per £1 exchanged – when you use Moneycorp.

Do check the FX rate if using your own money as it may be marginally worse when taking miles.


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How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (November 2020)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points

As well as the two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (see here, one has a bonus of 15,000 Points), you can also earn from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

(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.)

Comments (127)

  • the real harry1 says:

    Gatwick parking firm collapses leaving hundreds of holidaymakers stranded with their cars missing

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/19/gatwick-parking-firm-collapses-leavinghundreds-holidaymakers/

    • Anna says:

      They will get zero public sympathy, and their remuneration prospects are not going to be helped by people avoiding BA because of them!

  • Matt says:

    Quick reminder in case I’m not the only one… If you took out a moneycorp card for the offer Rob wrote about last July 31 and have left it sitting around then the monthly inactivity fee will kick in soon. I’ve just withdrawn my free 20 quid…Cheers Rob!

  • the real harry1 says:

    British Airways cabin crew announce another two-week strike from 2 August in bitter row over pay

    http://www.cityam.com/268758/british-airways-cabin-crew-announce-another-two-week-strike

  • Crafty says:

    OT: Just landed 3h10 late on an Easyjet. This was a known delay all day. They said on board it was a knock on impact from bad weather this morning or yesterday. What’s the prevailing wisdom on this as “exceptional” for EU261?

    • the real harry1 says:

      the further in time you get away from an original extreme bad weather incident, the less of a defence it might serve

      as it’s over 3 hrs you could put in the EU261 claim and see what the first reply is – then if negative (and with EJ it is quite likely to be negative) you could investigate further to see if their defence will hold up

      or hand over to Bott & Co who will do all the hard work but take a % of the payout, which is quite a good option with a tough nut like EJ

      there’s a slight difference between volcanic ash and a storm somewhere else ie non-existent on your route/ point to points

      • Crafty says:

        Thanks Harry. Quite looking forward to this. Also have an Ombudsman case relating to my mortgage to get stuck into. Should be fun!

        • Worzel says:

          Crafty @ 19:26 – looking forward to hearing how the flight and mortgage issues go.

          • Genghis says:

            Sounds like to enjoy this stuff! 🙂 I’ll fight my corner but prefer the my life to be simple.

    • TripRep says:

      Crafty – CEDR can adjudicate for EasyJet cases, but after struggling for ages to get appropriate compensation for my BA claim, sadly I cannot recommend using them unless they give assurances that their speed and accuracy improves.

      If you need to take it further you might be better off with a letter before legal action, for a potential small claims court heàring , I suspect that will get a quicker response.

      Here’s another struggle with CEDR, this one is specifically for EasyJet.
      https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/jun/12/easyjet-compensation-cedr-arbitration

      • the real harry1 says:

        yep you seem to be stuck in a time warp, not your fault

        any reason you can’t close the CEDR case stating slow progress & that you are taking your case to more direct legal action vs BA? (or threat of it)

        • TripRep says:

          As for compensation , after the case being ruled in my favour, sadly the adjudicator has made an incorrect assumption resulting in an error in the calculation, so I’m left to decide when I pursue BA through the courts for the remainder of EU261/2004. Meanwhile I have been told a cheque is in the post from BA.

          CEDR seem to either ignore or not respond to email or messages with me querying the total figure on the case, so I had to resort to phoning them multiple times. Finally after briefly speaking with someone, I’m awaiting a call for a chat with a CEDR manager to discuss their poor level of service, the CEDR rep told me they promise it’ll happen within 48 hours, no prizes for guessing if its been more than 48 hours already….

          I intend summarising the experience to Rob for him to publish and give an example of how I would expect a hypothetical case to be eventually resolved via CEDR. I also recommend not using CEDR for reasons above.

          • the real harry1 says:

            tough one, hard luck

            but useful as a pointer to use more direct methods?

            mine (admittedly under £300) was all sorted in a few days

          • Alan says:

            Sorry to hear of your experience, but agree will be a useful lesson for others – perhaps Rob could get the CEDR to provide an explanation/comment too around their poor service?

  • Genghis says:

    OT. Renewed IHG Ambassador and went for the $200 option with 15k IHGs and 10% rebate. Received the pack today and it only contained a voucher for 5k IHGs. I’ve emailed IHG but has this happened to others and if so how was it resolved?

  • Andrew says:

    OT but the Amex Platinum upgrade link is live again

    https://www.americanexpress.com/uk/content/platinum-charge/upgrade/

  • G says:

    I subscribed as a new user to virgin wines and ordered on 26th May. Still no sir mikes in my account. When I ring either virgin wines or flying club they blame the other. What is the average wait for miles to land in account for new vw subscribers?

  • G says:

    I subscribed as a new user to virgin wines and ordered on 26th May. Still no airmiles in my VFC account. When I ring either virgin wines or flying club they blame the other. What is the average wait for miles to land in account for new vw subscribers?

    • the real harry1 says:

      it can certainly take a couple of months

      I had to go through the Virgin Claim Missing Miles process to get my wife’s added, which was easy enough

      I suggest you fill out the form?