If you are flying on Virgin Atlantic between now and 14th January, you are in for something different.
Virgin has launched a tie-up with London’s Coppa Club to install one of their heated igloos on the roof of the Heathrow Clubhouse lounge.
Based on Lower Thames Street, Coppa Club has been placing its signature igloos on the Thames Path for the last two years, allowing diners to eat whilst enjoying views over the river. Reservations for 2017 sold out in four hours. Click to enlarge:
The igloo installed on the roof of the Virgin Clubhouse seats eight people. It has runway views and food and drink from the Clubhouse restaurant will be served inside. It is “luxuriously decorated in a Nordic style with Virgin flair”.
You can expect to see a number of new Virgin events and innovations going forward as the company attempts to bring back some of the sparkle it has arguably lost in recent years. One of the top Starwood marketing executives, Daniel Kerzner, has now taken the ‘customer experience’ role at Virgin Atlantic, and I think both companies have a similar DNA.
Unlike the ‘head of customer experience’ role at British Airways – in which the first two people to have the job resigned in frustration and the third was recruited internally, which defeats the object in many ways – Virgin is genuinely backing this as far as I can tell. Interesting times are ahead.
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.
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