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News in brief:

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

Virgin Atlantic is re-running its 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.  This time the offer has been clarified to say that you must book via the special Virgin / Avis site.

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

Booking dates:  until 5th June

Rental dates:  until 15th December (July and August excluded)

Qualifying countries:   USA, Canada, UK, 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 although it has not been updated with this offer.

Remember that you may also have a £20 Amex cashback deal on a £125 Avis spend, valid to 31st May, showing on one of your cards.  Thanks to Charlie for this.

Avis and Virgin Flying Club offer

Triple Etihad Guest miles with Accor

If you collect Etihad Guest miles, there is a decent Accor hotel promotion running.  This covers Mercure, Ibis, Sofitel, Pullman, M Gallery, Novotel etc.

You will receive triple Etihad Guest miles on stays booked and consumed by 30th June.

Your Accor account must be set to automatically transfer points to Etihad after each stay.  Note that if you have over 2,000 Accor points in your account they will automatically be sent to Etihad Guest when you change the settings on your account (and not tripled!) so don’t do this if that isn’t your plan.

The standard Etihad Guest earning rate is 1 mile for every 2 Le Club AccorHotels points earned,  which will triple to 3 miles for every 2 Accor points under this offer.

Points earning varies by brand and status but a non-status member will generally receive 2 Accor points per €1 spent, which would mean – under this offer – getting 3 Etihad Guest miles per €1.

Full details and terms can be found on the Accor website here.

Etihad Guest triple miles with Accor promotion

Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia launch new codeshare deal

With Virgin Australia about to launch its new Hong Kong to Sydney service on 2nd July, it has announced a codeshare deal with Virgin Atlantic.

The codeshare also covers the existing Hong Kong to Melbourne service.

When buying a cash ticket, you will now be able to buy a combined Virgin Atlantic / Virgin Australia ticket from London via Hong Kong to Sydney or Melbourne.  You can also book to Cairns, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Hobart and the Gold Coast with an additional Virgin Australia connection.

With all flights on one ticket, your baggage will be automatically transferred and you will be looked after if your inbound flight is delayed.

You can also redeem your Virgin Flying Club miles on Virgin Australiatake a look on the Flying Club website here.  It isn’t clear if you will be able to use miles, either online or more realistically via the call centre, to book UK to Australia on a single ticket.

(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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Comments

  1. Choons says:

    Morning all, for the Virgin/Avis deal, does the 3+ days mean hiring for at least 72 hours or can it mean hiring on Friday evening and returning on Sunday morning. Also, if I chose to hire for 72+ hours but returned the car early, would this matter? thanks

    • Rash says:

      I put pick up time earlier and when I dropped off asked them to close it in a few hours to ensure I had the full 3 days. The branch should not have a problem with this.

    • Dave says:

      It just states that it has to be 3 days and does not specify that it needs to be 72 hours. Ergo, rentals that charge the 3 days rate but are under 72 hours should qualify. However, if Avis automatically apply the points is 50/50 so it may require you to send emails back and forth.

  2. Chris A says:

    It will be interesting to see if LHR to SYD does become possible to book with miles.
    You can of course get LHR to Melbourne on VFC Miles for as little as 25k + £202 one way on economy via USA.

    • Mike says:

      How?

    • Dave says:

      How does this work?

      • Virgin Australia flies to LA.

        • Richy says:

          … at a cost of 47,000 VFC miles one way. SYD/MEL/BNE

        • Chris A says:

          Oops – just got to Atlanta! No, only joking – thankfully.
          What a stupid mistake, and thanks for pointing out, Mike! Although it was one of those situations where I had been looking at it out of geeky interest as opposed to with a view to booking, it could easily have been the other way round!

      • Chris A says:

        A stopover in Atlanta and switching onto a Delta flight.

        • Mike says:

          Hi Chris. Please could you elaborate more? The indirect redemptions normally cost more miles and taxes. Are you saying to book Heathrow to Atlanta to LA to Australia is 25k plus £202 one way?

        • Chris A says:

          Hi Mike, sorry yes my reply was unclear. It is a direct redemption i.e. search LHR – MEL in the Virgin app.

          The above price that I mentioned is the lowest off-peak economy price, I suspect. I’ve just done a search for 14th August, and London to Melbourne one way (Upper Class with Virgin to Atlanta, then First Class to Delta) is 80,000 VFC miles and £375. For a return it is 160k VFC miles and £537.41.

        • Mike says:

          I hope you haven’t booked those Chris, that’s for Melbourne in Florida!

  3. Louie says:

    Just got a quote from Avis for three weeks UK rental next month. £500.46. Hertz was £284.96.

    • Rash says:

      This link does increase the price! Have you tried splitting the 3 weeks into 3 day blocks?

  4. Nigel Williams says:

    Will the rentals count if the rental is overseas? (USA)

  5. You can never be sure. In general multiple transactions do trigger these deals but you can’t rely on it.

  6. Richard says:

    Data point : my 5500 bonus did not initially post, so I emailed to say post them. They emailed back two weeks later saying that I hadn’t added a virgin AWD so they “couldn’t” do it. I replied with copied and pasted offer terms that made no mention to it, and mysteriously it was now possible to give me the points! 3 days later they hit my virgin account.

    So yes some pushes may be required but they have posted.

    • Benedict Addis says:

      I’m having the same problem 🙁 Can you share the email address?

  7. Data point on the Amex spend £125, get £20 back deal: this worked for me with two separate bookings of ~£65. YMMV.

  8. Gillian Bain says:

    I’ve just booked via link for ten-day car via link today. Offer says book before 5th June – via link says book by 30th April, which is correct?
    Thanks.

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