News in brief:
3,000 Virgin Flying Club miles with £65 of wine
Virgin Flying Club has a new wine deal, offering 3,000 miles with your first order from Virgin Wines.
If you’ve never ordered from Virgin Wines before, it is running a generous offer on Winter Reds which is worth a look.
For £65.88 including delivery, you will receive:
12 mixed bottles of Winter Reds
2 Dartington Crystal wine glasses
3,000 Virgin Flying Club miles
Note that – whilst the website makes no mention of this – reader reports suggest that you will be signed up to the Virgin Wines Winebank scheme if you take advantage of this offer. You can easily cancel but keep an eye out for the paperwork. Full details are here.
Don’t forget the current Avios wine deal too
Avios / Laithwaites also have an interesting wine deal running until 31st December. The cut-off date for Christmas delivery on the UK mainland is 21st December.
The avios.com deal is here. You receive:
A 12-bottle wine case, chosen from 13 options priced from £54.99
2 free bottles of rioja
2 free wine glasses
1,000 Avios points (250 Avios points if you are an existing Laithwaite’s customer)
There is one snag with this offer. By ordering, you are signing yourself up to Laithwaite’s Wine Plan. Every 8-12 weeks they will automatically send you another 12-bottle wine case. It is very easy to stop this happening – simply amend your account online or give Laithwaite’s a call to cancel your Wine Plan membership, there is no penalty – but you must trust yourself to remember.
The miles will be dropped into an avios.com account and not a British Airways Executive Club account but can be easily moved across using ‘Combine My Avios’ online.
Austrian airline NIKI closed as Lufthansa deal falters
Austrian airline NIKI, originally founded by racing driver Niki Lauda but owned by airberlin for some years, was closed suddenly on 14th December. Passengers have been left stranded.
Whilst airberlin had already ceased operations, NIKI had continued to fly. Lufthansa intended to merge it into its low-cost Eurowings operation.
The deal fell foul of the European Commission, however, who believed it was anti-competitive. With no other buyer on the horizon and an unprofitable Winter season ahead, the decision was made to cease flying last Thursday.
Lufthansa is still facing pushback from the European Commission over acquiring other airberlin assets, with slot sales and other remedies likely to be required.