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Earn 2,000 Virgin Flying Club miles per night with Red Carnation Hotels

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There are a number of hotel groups who partner with Virgin Atlantic Flying Club but who do not work with Avios.  I covered them in this article.

One of those is Red Carnation Hotels.

Red Carnation is a collection of 17 family run 5-star boutique hotels.

In London, they are dotted around Kensington and Belgravia – The Milestone, The Rubens, The Egerton House Hotel, The Chesterfield, 41 Hotel etc.  In Ireland there is the modest looking Ashford Castle, below:

Ashford Castle Red Carnation

In South Africa they have a handful including the well regarded Twelve Apostles in Cape Town.  There are also two hotels in Guernsey, two in Dorset and the D’Angleterre in Geneva.  The full list is here.

Red Carnation Hotels is a Virgin Atlantic Flying Club partner.  Full details can be found on the Virgin site here.

The standard earning rate is 2,000 Virgin miles per night.  This is substantially better than any other Virgin Flying Club hotel partner.

Virgin Flying Club has announced that Red Carnation will cease to be a partner on 13th April.  That still gives you 10 weeks or so to take advantage.

These are not cheap hotels and your corporate travel policy may not be able to swing them.  They do have ‘3 for 2’ deals running at some properties, however, which makes them a better deal.  You also need to book directly with the hotel or via the website to get the miles.  Rooms booked via a travel agent will not count.

If you tend to book into high-end properties for work or leisure, there may be an opportunity to do very nicely here.  You can learn more about Red Carnation on their site here.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 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: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER TO 2ND OCTOBER) 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.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.)

Comments (29)

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  • JamesB says:

    OT big hotel news: IHG finally abandons flat rate 5000ppn pointsbreaks. New list out next week is tiered at 5k, 10k and 15k per night. list will include HIE London Newbury Park at 10k. Details on LL.

    • JamesB says:

      For those who booked QR sale tickets exHEL, HI Helsinki City Centre is included at 15k. For those heading out to KL or thereabouts, HI Glenmarie is 5k.

    • Leo says:

      I’d actually stay at the CP Potsdamer Platz for 15K per night. I’ve not been able to say that about anything on this list for a very long time….

      • Brian says:

        Do you know the hotel? I’ve considered staying there before, but have always been put off by the fact that it’s actually not that close to Potsdamer Platz at all. I once stayed at the HIX nearby (before the CP opened) and it was a bit of a trek. I’d probably still go for the Indigo KuDamm for 20,000, unless the CP is really nice.

      • JamesB says:

        +1 for Indigo, rooms are on the small side but who cares if you are out most of the time. Great location and a steal at 20k.

      • Brian says:

        I did notice that the CP Potsdamer Platz is very cheap when you use the Mastercard rate. Something like 60 euros for the dates I was looking at in March. Hardly worth using even 15K points at those prices, really, especially if you have Accelerate targets to hit. I went for the Indigo in the recent sale – 74 euros including breakfast made more sense for me than 20K points.

    • Liz says:

      Hopefully better hotels going forward. We are in the HI Helsinki in Sept so will miss out on this one! 🙁

    • xcalx says:

      According to LL over 200 hotels this time. full list is out later today for Monday bookings.

    • Rob says:

      As a one off probably, yes. Normal service will then resume!

    • Rob says:

      Newbury Park being about as close to London as Watford!

    • Optimus Prime says:

      IHG are also increasing the price in points to join/renew Ambassador to 40000 points.

  • JamesB says:

    OT VTEC: Just paid £86pp for a 1st advance singles from Kings Cross to Edinburgh six months out when tickets were released this morning. Can a regular traveller on the route please confirm if this is correct? I was surprised it was so high, last time I booked I think it was only about £59.

    • Chris says:

      I’m doing the journey once a week at the moment and have done since the start of January. Cheapest I’ve seen outside the sale is £62 with £74.50 being the norm.

      There have been a few occasions it’s been cheaper to get the tram to the airport, fly and use HEX.

      • JamesB says:

        Thanks Chris, I actually though it might be an error and the discounted fares were not loaded yet. It was also weird as some trains were showing as sold out less than 3 minutes after the latest tickets were released. Do they not need to sell advanced tickets on every train?

        • Chris says:

          Sorry I meant start of November not January. The advances are unregulated fares so it’s up the VTEC how many they release and at what price IIRC.

          Six months from now though is the middle of our school holidays, the start of the English school holidays and the start of the festival up here which I’m guessing they will have factored into the fares.

  • Cate says:

    OT, Amex are having a 50% off hotel sale plus 50.00 credit. Under Amex offers for first 30,000 to save.

  • R C says:

    OT – has anyone hit the 90k Amex referral limit? I have plat and gold preferred rewards cards linked with 4x 18k platinum referrals and 1x 9k gold referral totaling 81k. If I make another referral from Platinum will it let me go over 90k or should I just do it from gold, hit the 90k and call it a day?

    • mark2 says:

      I asked the other day if anyone had had experience of the annual limit being reset on a new card but probably it was not a problem when you could not get 18,000 for each, but there was no reply.

      • JamesB says:

        Why do you guys not pug the question to amex directly? It’s a oerfectly legitimate queryso hopefully you would get a definite answer.

        • mark2 says:

          True, but allegedly things are being extensively changed there so the question is probably moot anyway.

        • JamesB says:

          Let’s see, hopefully the current referral opportunities are here to stay though. Tome, they are more attractive than tbe sign-up bonuses as they are less hassle.

        • Rob says:

          I have, they will not give me a straight answer.

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