Bits: Great Virgin US deals, No 1 Clubrooms coming to Birmingham, Tesco Premium Credit Card reprieved

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News in brief:

Excellent Virgin Atlantic US deals in Upper Class from Amsterdam

Virgin Atlantic has filed some excellent Upper Class fares from Amsterdam to North America.

These are valid for travel from late July / early August up to 3rd September and between 17th and 31st December.  Connections from Amsterdam are on Flybe or British Airways.

Typical deals include:

  • Amsterdam to New York (via London / Manchester) €1291
  • Amsterdam to Boston (via London / Manchester) €1276
  • Amsterdam to Washington (via London) €1222
  • Amsterdam to Seattle (via London) €1374
  • Amsterdam to Los Angeles (via London) €1491

You can learn more about Virgin Upper Class on this page of their website.  New York and Boston via Manchester can be booked via the Virgin booking page here but the other routes via London require you to use Expedia (don’t forget to claim your Nectar points!).

Hat-tip to German blog YHBU.

Virgin Atlantic Amsterdam deals

No 1 Lounges bringing Clubrooms to Birmingham International

The No 1 Lounge at Birmingham International suffers, along with its sister lounges at Gatwick and Heathrow T3, with capacity problems.  This is especially acute in the mornings, when Priority Pass holders are at risk of being turned away if they have not paid the £5 reservation fee (you can reserve spots here).

The good news is that No 1 is bringing its Clubrooms product to Birmingham.  A new lounge is currently under construction opposite Gate 54, next to the Emirates lounge.

I took a look at the Gatwick North Clubrooms here.  At Gatwick South, the lounge has table service and is arranged in a more restaurant-like style.  Instead of one large open space it is made up of a number of small rooms, with individual airlines – or private individuals if they wish – able to reserve a particular space.  Gatwick North was done differently and looks more like a standard lounge, done out to a plusher standard than a standard No 1 Lounge.

There is no opening date, and indeed there is no mention on the No 1 Lounges website that the lounge is even on the way – but it is.

No 1 Lounges Clubrooms Birmingham

Tesco Premium Credit Card is reprieved …..

I ran an article last week saying that the Tesco Premium Credit Card was being withdrawn from the market on Thursday night.  This was taken verbatim from an email sent to me from Tesco’s marketing agency, which also explained that is was being withdrawn because “[Tesco] won’t be able to offer all of the features” going forward.

It seems that someone jumped the gun a little, because the card is still available for new applicants on the Tesco Bank website.  I’m not sure what is going on here and I will try to get to the bottom of it.

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  1. Anyone know if the upper class fares listed are still available?

    Expedia shows £5,500 ams to lax presently for September travel and doesn’t offer Virgin Airways at all???

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