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Two more Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse lounges join Priority Pass and Lounge Club

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Two additional Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse lounges have joined the Priority Pass lounge network.

Last November, Virgin began to let Priority Pass guests use its Los Angeles Clubhouse during the hours it was normally closed.  It operates with a different food offering which is cleared away and replaced before the Upper Class passengers begin to arrive.

The service is now extended to Washington Dulles and New York Newark.  It is effective immediately for Priority Pass and Lounge Club with Mastercard World Elite’s LoungeKey to follow next week.

Details are:

Washington DC Dulles International (pictured below)

Location: Concourse A, across from Gate A32

Availability: 06:00 to 13:30

New York NJ Newark International

Location: After the security checks in Terminal B

Availability: 14:00 to 18:00 

Remember that American Express Gold cardholders get two free Lounge Club passes which would be accepted at either lounge.  Alternatively you can get a Priority Pass via American Express Platinum or by buying one.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (May 2023)

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

You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ card is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points. Apply here.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 points bonus (to 13th June) and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 Read our full review

You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points (worth 60,000 Virgin Points) – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review

Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points

(Want to earn more Virgin Points?  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.)

Comments (95)

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  • paulm says:

    Used the lax clubhouse a few days ago with lounge club. Whilst I did not expect the full club house experience the food and drink was grim! Juice, water, coffee and a few pastries and that was it!

    • Oh Matron! says:

      That’s a shame. The Delta lounge (can get in with plat amex) in the next terminal is actually really nice, with a fab selection of food (including stuff you can whisk away onto your flight), and palatable coffee.

      You can move between terminals on the bus without having to go through security

      • the_real_a says:

        but only if flying delta sadly! Agree that this is a good benefit often forgotten about for AMEX Plat.

  • Ian says:

    Received a letter from MBNA yesterday informing me the Emirates Card would become a Horizon card on 21st July. They had told me on the phone a month or 2 ago that I would receive at least 2 months notice of any changes, instead they’ve given less than 6 weeks notice!

    • Czechoslovakia says:

      I thought it was a requirement to give at least 60 days written notice of a detrimental change?

      • Chris says:

        Ooh – interesting, can anyone confirm?

      • Lux says:

        Is it, technically, a detrimental change? Not doubting you but curious about the definition.

        • EwanG says:

          The MBNA Virgin terms said 30 days notice given. I don’t hold the Emirates card and have not checked what they said about notice. If T&Cs for Emirates card do indeed say 30 days then Ian could raise a complaint that he was misinformed on the phone call (they should be able to go back to a recording).

    • Ian says:

      I’ve just called MBNA, they say they don’t need to give 60 days notice. They’re saying that 30 days notice is all that they are required to give.

      They’ve also told me that the Miles & More card end date is a week later, 28th July 🙁

      They will open 2 separate Horizon accounts, one for the Emirates card and one for Miles & More.

      Sad times!

  • Daftboy says:

    You can also use miles in any amount to reduce the price of items at the Lufthansa Worldshop, which often have discount offers on different categories of items – handy if it’s an item you were going to buy already

    • shd says:

      Worldshop is a truly dire way to spend miles, I speak from experience as my OH redeemed a boat-load of M&M miles on … a handbag!

      • Lady London says:

        Actually for small amounts of miles you’re not going to use by flying then business miles can be well worth using for a few items you’d pay cash for otherwise. I didn;t believe it when their staff told me the selection was now worth looking at but it was true especially for some of the smaller electronic items.

  • krys_k says:

    I’ve got an OT please. My annual Economist subscription ends at the end of June. When I checked the Avios offer yesterday for combined print and digital it stood at 4400 when only recently it was 12,000 or so. Any idea if / when the higher amount of Avios will be offered?

    • Rob says:

      Comes and goes, if you can bear missing a month or two max I am sure it will come up. Check too.

    • Genghis says:

      Or just sign up for 12 issues for £12 repeatedly. Those avios come at a cost. Or free by library subscription?

  • Graeme says:

    OT – I’m not seeing the bonus MR points offer for getting a supplementary Gold card in my Amex account – is there any way to force that through without the offer?

    • Rob MC says:

      I normally just apply and the bonus hits (2xgold and 3x platinum- not all mine but family and friends ) within a couple of days.

      • Dave says:

        Do you get multiple bonuses for supps? I thought it was 1 x Gold, 1 × Plat? Can anyone confirm?

  • Rob MC says:

    OT. IHG credit card – just completed my first year, how long til I get my free night voucher and is it quite apparent when it arrives? Hoping I can cancel the card without the new annual fee argument

    • Rob says:

      Turns up online. AwardWallet sees it if you use that.

      • Rob MC says:

        Thanks Rob. Stopped using awardwallet after reading about concerns of points going missing and not being covered

        • Charlie says:

          Mine arrived in about 3 weeks, but you can cancel the card before then. Or if you’d rather be cautious tell them on the phone you intend to wait for the voucher but want to cancel and they’ll add a note to your file to reverse the annual fee when you cancel in a few weeks time. You must not spend on the card in this time or the fee is non-returnable – be careful of any subscriptions charged to the card.

          The voucher arrives in the ‘free nights’ section in the IHG account.

  • Concerto says:

    As Lufthansa becomes the de facto monopoly in Germany and much of Central Europe, following the demise of airberlin, it becomes worse and worse and the FFP is beyond crap – it has moved to being revenue based.

    • Lady London says:

      Wasn’t much cop before IMV.

      They’ve stolen my miles twice, the last time when a flight I’d booked on UA was moved to make it impossible to connect to. The move was not notified at all and only spotted very late. So the flight was cancelled. Miles were refunded, but taken out of the account without notice 2-3 months later. Apaprently they were quite old when the booking was made and about to expire anyway, there was no time to book another trip and so Lufthansa obviously decided just to nick the miles back. I’ve been too busy to phone them up on this but couldn’t care less when a whole RTW award booking was lost a few years back after they changed just one flight that made it impossible to fly the whole booking and they didnt want to know or replace the ticket even though legally they were obliged to.

      So frankly I’ve had enough of them and wouldn’t recommend anyone join their program unless they live in Germany and fly a lot with them. Although annoyingly,their business program is better than British Airways’s one.

  • Paul says:

    I currently have Amex Plat and BAPP. Wife has BA free card.
    Not interested in status as we’ve stopped travelling (all leisure) that much. Just want to get the most points I can.
    I think my next steps are to cancel my Amex Plat and wife’s BA card. In 6 months, we both reapply for best bonus card at that time.
    Any other avios-maximising strategies people have?

    • Darren says:

      Refer your OH for a SPG from your Platinum, 18k for you and 11k SPG points after a spend of £1000 which I understand are 1 to 1 transfers to Avios.

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