Bits: 3000 Virgin miles with half price wine, Virgin FX deal, Kimpton / Accelerate issue

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.

Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam review exterior

Problems with Kimpton & IHG’s Accelerate promotion

(EDIT:  IHG has agreed with me this morning that Kimpton Amsterdam should be included in Accelerate and they have told me that will retrospectively credit it – although it isn’t yet showing on my account.)

You may remember my review of IHG’s brand new Kimpton De Witt hotel in Amsterdam earlier this month.

De Witt – website here – is the first Kimpton hotel in Europe (I wasn’t over-impressed, but you can read the review if you want to know more.)  Importantly, it is NOT part of the Kimpton Karma loyalty programme but is actually part of IHG Rewards Club.

This means that you earn IHG Rewards Club points on your stay and can redeem them at 50,000 points per night.

Beware though – stays at Kimpton Amsterdam do NOT count for the current Accelerate promotion as I found to my cost.

You can’t argue with the Terms & Conditions.  They clearly state that stays must be at “InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, EVEN or HUALUXE” hotels.  Kimpton is not listed.

I think, however, that this is only because Kimpton Amsterdam was not open when Accelerate Q2 launched.  As Kimpton Amsterdam is part of IHG Rewards Club, you would expect it to count for Accelerate.

This is going to cost me 11,200 IHG points, worth around £40, because I can no longer hit my “stay in two foreign countries” target for this quarter.

(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles?  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.)

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Comments

  1. 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?

  2. 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?