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News in brief:

Finnair’s UK services to Lapland launching soon

If you’ve ever had a secret wish to visit Lapland, Finnair can help this winter.  Even better, you can use Avios to make it happen.  This is an opportunity to try winter activities such as ice fishing, seeing the Northern Lights, skiing, husky safaris and reindeer sleigh rides.

The airline will be running two Lapland routes this year, one between London Gatwick and Kittilä and one between London Gatwick and Ivalo.

Flights will operate weekly between 12th December and 20th March.  If there are reward seats left (these services were originally announced and featured on HfP a few months ago), an economy return to Kittilä will cost 20,000 Avios plus £96 tax.  This feels a little pricey so do compare cash prices.  Business class is not available.

New Finnair long-haul route launches include Goa, India on 1st November, to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on 5th November, to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic on 30th November and to Havana, Cuba on 1st December.  These are all bookable with Avios.


The White Company bedding and amenity kits now launched

Following a delay after the original failed safety tests due to its colour, The White Company bedding has finally been introduced into Club World on the New York JFK route.

This comprises a duvet, mattress cover, blanket, day cushion and pillow.  I am cautiously hopeful, given the reputation of The White Company, that this will be good quality stuff.

There is also a new amenity kit featuring lots of White Company items you will end up palming off on your aunt for Christmas:

  • Spa Relax Pulse Point Oil
  • Treatment oil
  • Spa Restore Gentle Moisturiser
  • Skin-conditioning cream with Vitamin E and jojoba oil
  • Spa lip balm

The bedding will be slowly rolled out across the network with the aim of having it everywhere by Summer 2018.  It isn’t clear if it will be linked to the roll out of the new Club World dining service or not.

Earn 2,000 Virgin Atlantic miles with PointsHound

This offer slipped through the net when it launched but you still have a few days to take advantage.

Hotel booking site PointsHound is offering up to 2,000 bonus Virgin Flying Club miles if you book a hotel with them before 31st October.  The stay date can be further out.

You need to spend over £250 to get the 2,000 miles bonus, which is on top of the base miles you will get from PointsHound.  Transactions between £150 and £249 will earn 1,000 bonus Virgin miles.

Note that bookings via PointsHound will NOT earn points in any hotel loyalty programme.  Apart from Marriott, you probably won’t receive status benefits either.

You can only earn the bonus once but it IS available to existing PointsHound customers.

Full details can be found here.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (December 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):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus 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 unbeatable travel 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 sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (40)

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  • Dominic says:

    OT but bits article…

    never used amex fine hotels and resorts before and have a stay this weekend.

    I’m working towards the sign up bonus on another amex at the moment and want to pay with that card at check out. I checked T&Cs and it stated that the payment ‘must be made in full with an American Express Card in the Platinum Card Member’s name.’

    However, when I called amex to check this they said I MUST pay with my platinum card. Anyone know if this is right? The T&Cs seem pretty clear to me. Seems pretty similar to using any amex to pay the taxes when using a 241 voucher. Or am I missing something?


    • Rob says:

      Any Amex is ok. In reality, chance of check-out clerk even remembering that is less than 50%.

    • Prins Polo says:

      Yes, that’s the rule. But obviously rarely enforced as long as your booking is not prepaid/non refundable.

      I recently booked four seasons in Thailand using fhr, had to put it on my Amex plat, but at checkout used the remainder of Thai Bhatti had to settle the bill and put the balance on a MasterCard with no fx fees.

  • LaserBeams says:

    Totally O/T …

    I made a change to an Avios booking yesterday by upgrading from Business to First for myself and partner on a Companion Voucher. Were BA right to charge £35 per person to make that change as I thought it was only date/time changes that incurred that charge?


  • Andrew says:

    OT but White Co related: What happened to the QR White Co sleep suits which were press-released in January? Still no sign of them on board as they continue to hand out the QR branded ones.

  • Ed says:

    OT – can someone confirm the bonus an AMEX Gold holder would receive for refering someone to the AMEX platinum charge card please?

  • Paul says:

    White company bedding !

    Lipstick on a pig!

  • Simon says:

    I received the new White Co PJs when flying QR from Tokyo a week ago so must be rolling out gradually. A bit lighter and brighter than the QR set and got a good night’s sleep in them. All QR Brics amenity cases given out in October are coloured pink for Breast Cancer awareness – these included pink socks, eyeshades and ear plugs…

    • Oh! Matron! says:

      I do wish Virgin would invest in their PJs. Those nasty, nasty polyester things they have must have been worn a million times and fit no one.

  • Andy BA Flyer says:

    “… items you will end up palming off on your aunt for Christmas”

    I am planning to do exactly that! We just collected 8 Pink Qatar bags with the intention of filling 8 Christmas stockings… Not sure if my 4 year old nieces will appreciate it as much as my Aunt!

  • Frankie says:

    Farewell the BA Elemis shoe bag… Hope the Elemis Spa doesn’t close.

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