News in brief:
Opodo and ebookers launch new discount codes
Opodo and ebookers have new discount codes for anyone booking a flight or a ‘flight and hotel’ package in the next few days.
Via this link (click here), Opodo is offering £35 off a £500 flight or £100 of an £1100 ‘flight and hotel’ package. You need to book by 11th January. You can travel at any time but must depart from a UK airport.
Virgin Atlantic releases list of airberlin aircraft switches
We have covered the saga of Virgin Atlantic’s ‘out of service’ Boeing 787 fleet in recent weeks.
To get around the medium term loss of a number of aircraft which require new engines, Virgin Atlantic has leased a number of ex-airberlin A330 aircraft. These are currently having a light refurbishment to give them the Virgin Atlantic look and feel, albeit with the existing airberlin seating.
Our last review of airberlin Business Class is here. It is a decent seat and actually more suitable for families and couples than Virgin’s Upper Class product in my view.
The Virgin Atlantic website – click here – has now published a list of services from Manchester and Gatwick which will be flown with ex-airberlin aircraft:
If you have been booked to fly Premium Economy on these services you should already have been contacted, as no Premium Economy seating will be available.
If you are booked in Economy you may want to look at your seat reservation as the seating is now 2-4-2. In Upper Class, you may also want to rethink where you sit as you are effectively getting a staggered 1-2-1 configuration.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (May 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, one has a bonus of 30,000 points until 6th June 2022):
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.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Virgin Points, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
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.)