Bits: generous Virgin gesture to a reader, earn Marriott and SPG points with Hertz, £25 off SWISS to Geneva

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News in brief:

A generous gesture from Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Money

A HFP reader dropped us a note last week to say that she had been the unexpected winner of a competition she never knew existed!

Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Money had quietly decided to give 20,000 Flying Club miles to the first person to make a transaction on the new Virgin Atlantic credit cards.

That person was a HFP reader, who applied on the day that we first wrote about them.

Even better ….. when Virgin Money rang the cardholder to tell them they had won, the conversation turned to what the cardholder did and she explained that she worked for a marine conservation group.  Virgin Money offered to make an additional donation, on the top of the miles, on her behalf to WWF and our reader now has a dolphin sponsored in her name!

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.

Virgin Atlantic credit card

35% off Hertz bookings …. plus earn Marriott or SPG points

Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards have both launched offers for 35% off Hertz bookings.  In addition to the saving you can also earn bonus points.

The SPG offer is:

  • Up to 35% off base rate
  • 1,000 Starpoints on rentals of 3+ days

You must enter the SPG discount codes CDP 154080, PC 204373 and your SPG number when booking.

The Marriott Rewards offer is:

  • Up to 35% off base rate
  • 2,000 Marriott Rewards points on rentals for 2 – 4 days
  • 5,000 Marriott Rewards points on rentals for 5+ days

The Marriott Rewards promo codes are CDP 154080, PC 169680. The booking site is here.

Both offers expire on 31st July 2018.

Which offer you choose depends on how many days you need the car.

Remeber that 1 SPG point = 3 Marriott Rewards points.

If you need the car for 2 days the Marriott offer will give you 2,000 Marriott Rewards points whilst you won’t earn any points with SPG. If you book for 3 or 4 days the SPG offer will give you 1,000 SPG points which convert into 3,000 Marriott Rewards points but you would only earn 2,000 Marriott points. For anything above 5 days you should use the Marriott Rewards offer.

For any one-day Hertz rentals, our preferred offer is the Virgin Atlantic one, offering you 1,000 Flying Club miles – see here.

£25 off SWISS flights to Geneva

SWISS is offering £25 off flights from London Heathrow or City to Geneva.

You need to book via the SWISS website here and use promo code SWISSUKGVA18.

You must book by 30th June 2018 for travel by 30th July 2018. A minimum fare of £95 is needed for the code to work.

(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. BrotherBear says:

    OT – I’d booked 2 economy Avios return tickets from London to Bilbao last year for the late May bank holiday weekend coming up in just under a fortnight and was planning to go to San Sebastian with the missus but now I have a friend’s stag do in Valencia instead and so I will be cancelling the flights to get my Avios refunded.

    Not 100% they will be available to book as reward redemptions once I cancel but in 2 for 1 experience they do become available again.

    If anyone fancies the flights, I can cancel at a time to allow someone to book if they become available again – let me know and we can arrange.

  2. OT – just marvelling at efficiency. We have some building work to pay for so I worked out the best option miles-wise was to apply for a 2nd BAPP as we’re nearly at the £10k mark on the OH’s. Applied last Friday and the card has arrived today – is this a record?!

    • Peter K says:

      I think same thing happened for my wife referring from Plat to SPG last Friday. Arrived today.

    • Genghis says:

      Do your builders take Amex or have you decided to use Billhop despite the fees?

      • xcalx says:

        I accept Amex through Payatrader.

      • Decided to go through Billhop. The referral plus sign up bonus plus spend avios I’ll get for the whole thing, plus the push towards another 2 4 1 will outweigh the fee.

    • I applied for my Platinum Card (Upgrade) on Sunday and it arrived Tuesday. Thought that was pretty impressive

  3. Chris says:

    Rob, I can’t seem to get the Swiss voucher to work. Was this communicated to you by them? The return flight I want totals £105 so should qualify – unless the minimum of £95 is post discount or excluding taxes? Cheers

  4. Farah says:

    Re the Swiss Air offer. I too tried the code for a one way ticket that cost £111 from LHR to Geneva and it didn’t work. Called up customer service and they said they are not aware of the promo/voucher code.

    • Chris says:

      They gave me an email address for ‘Voucher Support’ promising a reply within 24 hours, it’s been almost a week now. And of course the flights have now increased by the same value as the voucher. Rob, if you have any contacts there, please tell them to stop being so useless! 🙂

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