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Virgin Atlantic launches afternoon tea – on the ground and onboard

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One thing about running HfP is that you meet a far broader range of people than you ever do working in the City, as I did. 

Eric Lanlard is one of these people – I never really expected that I would get to know one of the best pâtissiers in the world, and owner of Cake Boy, the destination café, cake emporium and cookery school.  However, via various Starwood Preferred Guest events (he did a lot for Starwood), I did.

Lanlard has now partnered with Virgin Atlantic to launch afternoon tea.  From Monday, a formal afternoon tea service will be available – for free – in the Heathrow Clubhouse from 3pm to 5.30pm.  Banish images of the British Airways Club Europe afternoon tea from your mind!

Eric Lanlard Virgin Atlantic afternoon tea

You will get a pot of tea or Lanson rose champagne and a bespoke stand filled with items including:

  • Prosciutto, sunblushed tomato and rocket on a stone baked Campagne brown roll
  • Smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill mint mini croissant
  • Broccoli, goat’s cheese and cress savoury tart
  • Homemade plain and sultana scones with strawberry preserve, lemon and clotted cream
  • Eton mess verrine with strawberry coulis
  • Apple and blackberry cake
  • Dark chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce

More interestingly, the service is launching onboard from “late Summer”.  Upper Class passengers will be able to have afternoon tea at the bar, whilst Premium and Economy passengers will receive a selection of items at their seat.

I have a friend in the Clubhouse on Monday so hopefully we can get some images.  


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How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 2021)

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 15,000 Points):

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

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Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

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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:

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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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Until 2nd November 2021, there is a special offer on The Platinum Card from American Express.

You will receive a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points which converts into 60,000 Virgin Points.

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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 (132)

  • Kipto says:

    O/T Bits. My wife has the free BA Amex card. Her membership year ends on 20th May. We stopped spending on her card months back when she was on £9800 towards the companion voucher. She will apply for the Premiom plus card and with little spend activate the companion voucher. Am I right in thinking that she will be liable for the £195 fee from May 21st as well as the fee from upgrading to the premium card in the next week or so. I believe she will be in which case she will cancel the premium plus card after qualifying for the companion voucher unless I am wrong ?

  • elguiri says:

    OT: Curve card (debit) seems to not be accepted for Gov’s Tax free childcare account top-ups. Anyone else had this issue?

  • Paul says:

    Anyone else seen the strange BA press release about T3?

    The bloke in the video seems drunk! Can’t keep still, sways and nearly bumps into a passenger…

    http://mediacentre.britishairways.com/pressrelease/details/86/2018-247/9420?ref=Home

    • Chris A says:

      How bizarre! I’m really not sure that video added anything of value to the press release!

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