You may have received an email from American Express yesterday offering you £50 cashback if you spend £250 at Red Carnation Hotels.
Assuming you were targeted, it is valid at their nine UK hotels for stays completed by 19th May. In London, they are dotted around Kensington and Belgravia – The Milestone, The Rubens, The Egerton House Hotel, The Chesterfield, 41 Hotel etc. The full list is here.
What Amex didn’t remind you is that 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 recently announced that Red Carnation will cease to be a partner on 13th April. Oddly, the wording has now disappeared from the Flying Club website so I don’t know what is happening. Assuming it is ending, you still have three weeks to take advantage and £50 cashback PLUS 2,000 Virgin Atlantic miles per night is not a bad deal at all.
The Red Carnation website is here if you want to find out more.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (June 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 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
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.)