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Some photos of Virgin Atlantic’s new Eric Lanlard Afternoon Tea in the Clubhouse lounge

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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


Virgin Atlantic afternoon tea Heathrow Clubhouse


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.

Virgin Atlantic afternoon tea Heathrow Clubhouse

How to earn Virgin Atlantic miles from UK credit cards

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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.

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Comments (98)

  • ThinkSquare says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but what does “LivefromVirgin” mean?

  • Johnny Tabasco says:

    The afternoon tea looks nice. Fingers crossed you can find a spare seat in the Clubhouse to enjoy it.

  • Chris C says:

    OT – Can you transfer MR to Avios? The functionality appears to have been removed from AMEX’s side. My better half has some points we want put into our household account before the switch to BA (single account). Do she just need to call up Amex?

    • Anna says:

      I don’t think you’ve ever been able to transfer them to, just BA. Then if you wanted to move them from BA to avios that was a possibility, though probably not worth it now.

  • Alistair says:

    OT: Anyone noticed that the Hilton online check-in room selection has changed? In the Android app it offers me one room with no option to change room or view other floors. The website check-in is currently broken. In fact, now, a few minutes after I last looked, the android app doesn’t even tell you what room or show the map, it just goes straight to “complete check in”.

    Looks like they’re in the middle of an update, but I hope they’re not removing the chance to pick your room.

    • Charlie says:

      I’ve noticed it does that if they only have one room or are in the middle of ‘allocating’ rooms.

    • JamesB says:

      Why do you use online check in? It very likely reduces your chances of an upgrade, I never use it at any of the chains offering it.

  • Fred says:


    MBNA just cancelled by MBNA Card for non use as I was about to start using it.


  • Fred says:

    MBNA Card > Lufthansa Card.

    • Rob says:

      Whoa. I am in trouble if/when they cancel mine as it will start the 3 year expiry of my miles. In the worst possible scenario they will immediately expire miles over 3 years old.

      • Fred says:

        The story on mine was not used for a year, which was true and negligent of me.

        • Fred says:

          But Lufthansa cards still seem to available in other EU countries, despite the Regs. Hmmm.

        • RussellH says:

          Lufthansa cards in Germany now carry a significant annual fee, a tiny sign up bonus, and IIRC, 0.5 points per €. I posted exact figures some time ago, or if you read German, you can find details somewhere at (which is where I got them from).

          I think I need to find something in the LH worldshop for 11k+ M+M points, before MBNA pull both my Visa and Amex cards; given that I tend to spend less than £5 per month on each card, something they may be tempted to do at any time!

        • Rob says:

          Fair enough. That costs Lloyds money because they need to hold capital against the money they have agreed to lend you but which you are not utilising.

      • Rob says:

        Missed that, and a bit late to run it now. I’ve covered these in the past and we used a similar one last year to good effect (1 room booked on my account, one on my wifes).

    • JamesB says:

      IME MBNA provide multiple warnings on card expiry dye to inactivity so I am surprised this happened unless something havs changed..

  • C says:

    50% bonus on buying Avios via BA has just gone live, i believe.

  • Tom Cook says:

    I’ve just had an email from BA with a 50% bonus for buying Avios – have to be honest the most I think I have ever seen (only been doing this 18 months) is a 35% bonus……

    300,000 avios for £3215
    90,000 for £975