Bits: Virgin launches afternoon tea, the new BA A320neo seats, 20% off at Millennium Hotels

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News in brief:

Virgin Atlantic launches afternoon tea – on the ground and onboard

One thing about running HFP is that you meet a far broader range of people than you ever do in the City.  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!  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.  In the meantime, here is a promo pic.

PS. Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Flying Club miles.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

Eric Lanlard Virgin Atlantic afternoon tea

A photo of the British Airways A320neo

Here is a picture – shamelessly stolen from Flyertalk, I am claiming the ‘public interest’ defence – of the seating on the brand new British Airways A320neo.

This is the seating in the 2nd half of the plane.  The first half uses the existing short-haul seat.  See what you think (click to enlarge):

British Airways A320neo seat

Millennium Hotels offering 20% off and a food and beverage credit

Millennium Hotels, which includes the Copthorne chain, is running a new discount promotion.

These rates do NOT show up on the website when doing a search unless you input the code SPRINGBREAK2018.

You save 20% of the flexible rate (although these rooms are not cancellable) and will receive a food and beverage credit of £15 per guest per day in London hotels, £10 per guest per day elsewhere in the UK and €10 per guest per day in Rome and Paris hotels.

The ‘per guest’ restriction is a little weird because – in the few examples I checked – the room pricing is the same whether you book for one person or two.  Perhaps a solo traveller should book for two people and at check-in pretend a second person is arriving later?!

You can book via the Millennium website here.  The HFP overview of the My Millennium loyalty scheme is here and you can sign up here.  You can also earn miles in Virgin Flying Club instead of earning My Millennium points.

(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles?  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.)

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  1. 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 ?

  2. 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?

  3. 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…

    • Chris A says:

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

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