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Bits: new Qatar & Hilton Amex deals, Tesco Clubcard to Virgin bonus confirmed

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News in brief:

New Qatar Airways and Hilton offers from Amex

American Express appears to have launched two decent new offers with Qatar Airways and Hilton.  I say ‘appears’ because they don’t appear on any of my cards or those of my wife.  They definitely do exist though, judging by reader emails.

This is what you may – or may not – have showing on the ‘Offers’ tab of your American Express statement page:

£80 cashback on £800+ spend with Qatar Airways by 30th September (3,000 registrations only, must be a £ booking made on their UK site)

3,000 Avios or Membership Rewards points on a £250 Hilton spend by 3rd November (25,000 registrations only, selected hotels in UK / Europe only, does not apply to prepaid bookings)

Details of other current Amex cashback deals with Melia, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Red Carnation, Thistle and Guoman can be found here.


Tesco Clubcard / Virgin Atlantic 20% transfer bonus now official

I have now found some official confirmation that the Tesco Clubcard / Virgin Atlantic transfer bonus is ‘official’ – see this page of the Virgin site.  Many readers had been receiving a 20% bonus on their transfers but it wasn’t clear why or how.

The 20% bonus will be added to all Clubcard transfers to Virgin Flying Club made before 13th September.

This means that you will receive 300 Virgin miles per £1 of Clubcard vouchers transferred, instead of the usual 250.

You will also receive 1,000 bonus miles if you amend your Tesco Clubcard account to automatically send your points to Virgin each quarter.  I don’t recommend this, because it means missing out on offers with other partners, but you could turn it on as long as you remembered to turn it off again!

Details of the Virgin / Tesco relationship are here on the Virgin Atlantic site.

You can make transfer via this page of the Tesco Clubcard site.  Neither of these pages mentions the bonus but you will definitely receive it.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 2023)

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):

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER TO 2ND OCTOBER) and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 Read our full review

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn 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.)

Comments (89)

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  • Alex W says:

    OT – I’ve searched old comments but couldn’t find it. What was the deal with people getting a bonus when calling up to cancel Virgin credit cards?

    I don’t really want to cancel just yet… until I’ve received my vouchers anyway – is there any chance they could call my bluff, cancel the card and I’ll lose the vouchers?

    • Johnny_c-l says:

      Why not call them up and tell them you’re considering cancelling…then there isn’t a specific request to cancel so no bluff to call.

      • Neil says:

        I told the lady on the phone last week that I had been offered a better deal from Amex! She countered with 5,000 points for £1k spend! You’ve got nothing to lose

        • Alex W says:

          Thanks. I’ll give it a try. 5k would be a nice bonus as we’re in between cards at the mo.

    • Tracy says:

      I was offered the 5k miles for a 1k spend about 2 weeks ago. Still need to spend a bit yet. Anyone received the miles yet?

      • Genghis says:

        Mrs G should receive them over the next week or so so will report back.

  • Frenske says:

    If opting for automatic conversion, will all your Tesco vouchers be converted to Virgin or Avios, including existing vouchers or just the vouchers you earn in future.

  • Stevie in Glasgow says:

    Got my 10,000 virgin airlmiles and the 2,000 bonus miles, didnt get the 1000 bonus for automatically converting the airmiles but wasnt really expecting those anyway just chancing my arm 🙂 So swithing that option back to vouchers.
    Like Rob says its better to leave tesco voucher options open for where you want to use them and also there hopefully will be another 20% bonus for virgin armiles after the next tesco vouchers are processed.

  • Stevie in Glasgow says:

    Many thanks Genghis will give that a try.

  • Andy S says:

    Hmm. I transferred 20 quid of clubcard vouchers to virgin and only got 5000 miles, but I did get the 1000 bonus for setting it to auto-post to virgin. Unless of course that 1000 is the 20% bonus on the conversion and the other doesn’t take effect until the next quarter (to stop someone turning it on and then off again straight away!)

  • zsalya says:

    Testing gravatar

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