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News in brief:

Virgin Atlantic launching its Winter sale today

Virgin Atlantic is launching its Winter sale today across its network, across all classes.

I don’t have a detailed list of prices – you will need to click here and see what is showing.

All I know is that Upper Class prices will start at £1289, Premium Economy at £632 and Economy at £359.  I will do another article in a few days when I have been able to see what is available.

The Virgin Atlantic Winter Sale site is here.

Virgin Atlantic Winter sale

Double Avios with Charles Tyrwhitt

Shirt, suit and tie maker Charles Tyrwhitt generously donated a free £30 tie for every guest at our Christmas party on Tuesday.

The Tyrwhitt sale is now on.  Alongside this, British Airways is offering double Avios – that is 8 per £1 spent – on all Tyrwhitt purchases before 31st January.

Double Avios are not given automatically.  Buying online, you must use this link to access the CT website.  You must quote “exec17” when you buy in store, by phone or by mail order.

Avios Charles Tyrwhitt

Earning miles on Airbnb stays

Tomorrow we are running a special competition with Japanese airline ANA, with a prize which would make a great Christmas gift for any aviation or science fiction fan.

Separately, ANA has joined the ranks of airlines offering miles for booking Airbnb stays.  You can earn up to 200 ANA miles when you book your Airbnb stays via ANA’s website.  The offer runs until the end of 2018.

This Head for Points article shows you how you can also earn miles with Delta and, for Australian residents only, Qantas via Airbnb.

If you are new to Airbnb, you can get £25 off your first £55+ stay via our referral link here.  If you book an ‘Airbnb for Business’ property you will also receive a £22 voucher off your second stay – full details here.

Comments (46)

  • the real harry1 says:

    google Lufthansa abandons plans to buy Air Berlin’s Niki – to get behind the FT paywall

    so Niki is going bust & the German govt will write off part of its loan – IAG dropped out early on

  • Cate says:

    OT as bits, Hong Kong for New Year and Singapore for Christmas or vice versa? Ta.

  • the real harry1 says:

    Introducing the holy grail of overhead bins (take note, Ryanair)
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/airbus-airspace-xl-bins-american-airlines/

  • Rob says:

    some O/T advice required please.
    Is it worthwhile use of my BA 2-4-1 voucher to fly LGW to Antigua, economy on the way out and business class on the way back? No business class fares available outward leg in December 2017, although can fly business back. will cost 100k avios plus £721 taxes for two people. The business class flight back retails at £2122 each. So seems like a good deal to me, but I wondered about it as I recall that the 2-4-1s should not be used on economy flights due to being poor value for money. Will be the first time I’ve used a 2-4-1, so very interested in anybody’s advice.

    • Rob says:

      If you are doing Business on the way back it is not a bad deal. Even in a sale you’d be looking at £1000+ for that mixed class itinerary so you’re getting 1.3p per Avios (not adjusting for the points you’d earn back) which is decent.

    • Anna says:

      Even with one leg in business class you will be getting decent value as Rob says, but bear in mind that return flights from the Caribbean are generally overnight. If you value sleep that’s great, but you won’t get much in the way of food and drink compared with a day flight. Also some Caribbean destinations don’t have lounges so if that’s the case you’ll be stuck in the waiting area with everyone else which reduces the value in my opinion!

      • the real harry1 says:

        better than using a 241 in Europe, which seems an always pretty bad decision

        somewhat tainted by my view that for most people, CE is only worth a free lounge pass and no elbowy neighbour

        • Stevie G says:

          Does anybody know of any flights in CE in Europe it would be worth burning a 241 or an Lloyds upgrade voucher on?
          I share TRH1 opinion on the little benefit of CE especially if you have status (and a lounge visit) anyway.
          What I refer to is something like the opportunity we had earlier this year to fly very cheaply Business class on Finnair new Airbus A350 via a trip to Tallinn / Helsinki. A flat bed to Helsinki on an A350 was interesting and worth the £232….. or burning a 241.

          • Rob says:

            Moscow, as the early flight tends to be a long haul plane with CW for CE RFS pricing.

        • Genghis says:

          The 321 has CW product in 1-2 config. A bit knackered looking but comfortable.

      • Anna says:

        Redemption availability is showing 2 x CW seats to Antigua on the 24th and 26th, economy returns in Jan from the 11th – depends how fixed your dates are.

  • CountryKerry says:

    OT: Data point and oddity: have the BA card from Amex. Reffered myself for the PRG and SPG. 2x 4,000 avios posted last week and having recieved the cards and activated them I have the higher spend bonus too (22,000 and 11,000)!

    Seems like you can refer for other cards!

  • Alex says:

    Virgin have flights via Dublin from just over £1000 can be seen on google flights.
    Mia and Mco lots of dates

  • Alan says:

    OT – AMEX Shop Small

    If you purchase something that is supposed to be in the Shop Small promotion does it show on your statement any differently? Or do you just have to wait for an account credit to show up (or not)?

    Only made 1 purchase on this promotion as there aren’t many participating outlets around my way but not sure if even that one has worked or not

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