News in brief:
EXCELLENT new BA Holidays flash sale launched
BA Holidays is running another of its ‘luxury flash sale’ events this weekend. You have until Monday 2nd to book.
Here are the headline deals they are using to promote the event, based on two sharing:
- London to Muscat – Flights + 3 nights luxury hotel from £1,039 in June
- London to Abu Dhabi – Flights + 3 nights in a luxury hotel from £1,188 in May
- London to Dubai – Flights + 3 nights luxury hotel form £1,379 in November
London to Hong Kong – Flights + 4 nights luxury hotel from £2,519 in January
London to Seychelles – Flights + 7 nights luxury hotel from £3,119 in May
Whilst it is getting a little hot in Muscat by June, £1,039 for Club World flights and a hotel is exceptional value, however you look at it. Similarly, November – peak season in the Middle East – is not the sort of time of year that you expect to be able to pick up Club World flights to Dubai and a pricey hotel for just £1,379 per person.
These are not tatty hotels either. In Abu Dhabi you will get the InterContinental for £1,190 next May (not too hot) which – whilst dated – does have its own private beach club. In Dubai, £1,410 is the lowest price in November for a beachside hotel – in this case the Ajman Saray, part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection (which is not actually in Dubai, of course!).
You don’t need to pay now. You can just pay a deposit from as little as £150 per booking. The balance is not due until five weeks before departure.
For clarity, flights booked via BA Holidays earn full Avios and tier points. The only thing you cannot earn are British Airways On Business points.
Full details are on this special page of the BA Holidays website.
Get a £100 Amazon voucher for listing on HomeAway
If you currently list a holiday property on Airbnb, you may have considered extending your reach by also advertising on competitor HomeAway.
Whilst far smaller than Airbnb, HomeAway is now owned by Expedia and the company has big plans for expansions.
If you list your holiday rental on HomeAway before 15th November, you will receive a £100 Amazon.co.uk gift card when you receive your first booking for £300+ within 90 days.
If you are not a property owner but are interested in renting a holiday home via HomeAway, the main booking page is here.
6th Virgin Atlantic daily flight to New York
Virgin Atlantic and its 49% shareholder Delta have announced some changes to their joint UK / US flying schedule.
The main change is that Virgin Atlantic will take over one of the existing three daily Delta services between Heathrow and New York. This will leave Virgin Atlantic with six daily services and Delta with two.
Other changes include:
Delta moving to A330 operation on its Heathrow to New York JFK, Atlanta and Detroit routes, adding capacity and bringing the new fully flat Delta One seat
Virgin Atlantic moving to Boeing 747 operation on the Manchester to New York and Manchester to Atlanta routes. This will help improve capacity following the withdrawal of American Airlines from Manchester.
These changes will take effect from the launch of the Summer timetable on 24th March.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (August 2022)
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):
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.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into 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.)