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Bits: Virgin’s new afternoon tea in pictures, new Oman Air First Class suite, £20 off Opodo flights

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News in brief:

Virgin’s new Afternoon Tea in the Clubhouse

As I wrote last week, Virgin Atlantic has launched a new afternoon tea service in the Heathrow Clubhouse in Terminal 3.

You will receive a stand of sandwiches and cakes plus tea or a glass of rose champagne.  This is a new collaboration with celebrity cake maker Eric Lanlard.  Everything is free, of course.

Here are a few photos from the launch yesterday, which do look very good.  Click on the pictures to enlarge:

Virgin Atlantic afternoon tea Heathrow Clubhouse

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Virgin Atlantic afternoon tea Heathrow Clubhouse

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Virgin Atlantic afternoon tea Heathrow Clubhouse

and there is an ice-cream machine too!  The launch was followed by a flight to New York to showcase the Economy Delight product and to trial the on-board afternoon tea service.  A report on this will follow next week.

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Virgin Atlantic afternoon tea Heathrow Clubhouse

New Oman Air First Class suite – and how to redeem for it

Oman Air has launched its new First Class ‘suite’ which will debut on future Boeing 787-9 deliveries.

The seat has electronically controlled doors, which enclose a relatively standard sized 76 inch long – when reclined – flat bed seat.

Oman Air new First Class suite

It looks a little claustraphobic from the pictures, and not hugely different from the Qatar Airways Qsuite, which of course is a business class product.  The only major difference seems to be that your feet are ‘free’ with the Oman suite and not tucked into a cubby hole.

Whilst you should expect the seat to debut on the Heathrow to Muscat route, there is no easy way to redeem for it as Oman Air is not in a major airline alliance.

Unless you have Oman Air Sindbad miles, your best chance of flying the new suite is via Etihad GuestAs per this page of the Etihad Guest website,  a one-way First Class redemption between London and Muscat on Oman Air costs 80,000 Etihad Guest miles.

Oman Air new First Class suite

£20 off Opodo flights

Opodo has launched a new flight discount code, valid until 30th April.

Promo code FORTUNE20 will get you £20 off a £450+ return flight booking, departing from the UK.

The Opodo booking page is here.

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Comments

  1. Newquay Brown says:

    There are right now literally thousands (over 4000) of £1 Europcar one-way route/ date combos available with long availability into late 2018. https://www.europcar.co.uk/deals/one-way-uk.step – particularly good if you are heading to an airport. Their site is running slow, though.

    Not sure why the availability has suddenly improved or why Europcar have added more starting points. There are never usually any £1 opportunities starting in Cornwall, for example, but I just got Newquay Airport-LHR for 20th July (and could have picked up in Truro or Penzance as well). Saved me £120.

    • Have noticed this for a while now. Just booked LBA with a drop off in MAN for June 10 leaving my car at LBA as returning to LBA 5 days later. Cheaper than paying LBA’s Dick Turpin taxi rates.

    • Shame I can’t get the site to work on Internet Explorer (work PC), and it doesn’t work on mobile. So I can’t use the offer!

      • I can now get on the website, but can’t see how to book! Must be an internet explorer issue

  2. Matt Black says:

    OT – my partner has Amex gold, will she get 3k MR for taking out a Supplementary card or does she have to be targeted?

    • Tom Cook says:

      I’ve generally waited for the email offering the bonus. Others have reported clicking through and filling in the supp forms but not submitting these as it can trigger the system to show your interest and then you get the bonus offer.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Added mine a couple weeks ago and got 3k straight away. Wasn’t targeted.

      Make sure you do it after you have the main card and not with the initial application.

    • I have just applied. Same with BAPP: card arrived today; 3,000 points last week.

    • AndyGWP says:

      My g/f applied for a supp for me as soon as her card was delivered, and got the 3k immediately

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