News: Opodo and ebookers discounts, Virgin MAN and LGW routes using airberlin planes
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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.
Via this special link (click here), ebookers is offering £60 off a £500 spend. You must book a flight and hotel package to qualify. Book before 8th January for travel by 31st October.
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 (June 2023)
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):
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ card is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points. Apply here.
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
30,000 points bonus (to 13th June) 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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points (worth 60,000 Virgin Points) – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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 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.)