Bits: New Durham lounge, 6000 Virgin miles from Avis, 50% Amex MR bonus to Finnair

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News in brief:

New Durham Tees Valley lounge now open

Durham Tees Valley Airport has opened the Premium Lounge.  It replaces the previous Swissport lounge.

The cash price of £21.95 seems a little toppy, but let’s see.  It makes the £25 – £35 being charged by the three new Leeds Bradford lounges look even more expensive.

You get access for free with a Priority Pass (free with Amex Platinum or buy one here) or a Lounge Club card (two free entries if you have an Amex Gold card).  KLM, Eastern Airways and Loganair passengers with qualifying tickets will also be able to use the lounge.

Further details can be found on the airport website here.

If anyone is there in the next week or so and could send us a few ‘real life’ photos and a couple of paragraphs on how they found it, that would be great.

Durham Tees Valley premium lounge

Virgin Atlantic and Avis bring back their 6,000 miles promotion

Virgin Atlantic has launched a very generous deal with Avis.  If you book a car for 3+ days you will pick up 6,000 Virgin Flying Club miles!  

That’s the good news.  The bad news is that a lot of people had trouble getting the miles to post when this offer last ran.  Not everyone, but quite a few people.  To maximise your chances book via the specific page they link to, even though the rules do not say it is necessary.

Full details of the offer are on the Virgin Atlantic website here.  This is the small print:

Booking date:  until 30th April

Rental dates:  15th May to 31st December

Qualifying countries:   USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia

Rental requirement:  3+ days in a Group C or higher vehicle

There appears to be no cap on the number of times you can earn the miles.  The 6,000 miles consists of 500 base miles and a bonus of 5,500.  This increases to 6,500 miles for a rental of 7+ days as a rental of a week earns 1,000 base miles.

I would be happy to value 6,000 Virgin Flying Club miles at £60 – especially as redemptions on KLM and Air France should be available to members within the next 12 months – so you could even make a small profit on your car rental.

You can see full details of the Virgin / Avis partnership on this page of the Virgin Atlantic site.

How to earn Virgin Atlantic miles from UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Flying Club miles from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

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.

Get a 50% bonus transferring Membership Rewards points to Finnair Plus

Finnair, a oneworld partner along with British Airways, is offering a 50% bonus when you transfer in points to its Finnair Plus loyalty scheme.

This includes American Express Membership Rewards points which transfer at 1:1.

Any oneworld redemption you can book via British Airways is also bookable via Finnair Plus.  However …. Finnair has its own rules regarding the miles needed for flights, the taxes due and cancellation rules.  You should not automatically assume that it is suddenly a better deal to transfer Amex points to Finnair to redeem for a BA flight.  It might be but the answer will vary route by route and class by class.

Finnair has two hotel transfer dealsto Accor (click here) and to IHG Rewards Club (click here).  I have done the maths and, even with a 50% transfer bonus, it doesn’t make sense to me to go Amex to Finnair to Accor / IHG.

If you want to explore this a bit, full details are here on the Finnair site.  You must register by 30th April and transfer by 30th June.

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  1. Brandon says:

    Hmm I already have an Avis booking for those dates… wonder if i adjust where i credit the Frequent Flyers miles to I will get the bonus 6k, it doesnt appear like the terms and conditions say you need to book it via the Virgin Link?

  2. Any idea if I book a car for 3 days but return after 2, will I get the miles? 🙂

  3. Colin JE says:

    Neither my wife or I got the Virgin points on our last two Avis rentals. We had booked through BA but got the Avis rep to add or Virgin number to the booking. Missed out on the Avios as a result.
    Any tips how to get those points to credit?

  4. adds CDW insurance automatically, but I don’t need it as I have Amex Platinum insurance.

    Can I book at and untick the CDW? Would that be ok?

    • If it lets you, yes – not sure what the office is legally obliged to add on (assuming this is a UK rental).

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