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Announcing Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Money as the sponsors of the 2018 HfP Christmas Party

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I’m delighted to announce that Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Money will be sponsoring the 2018 Head for Points Christmas Party, taking place on Tuesday night.

All 250 tickets are now sold out, unfortunately.  Apologies to everyone who couldn’t get one.

Thanks to the generosity of both sponsors, all guests will now receive their first drink for free.

Virgin Atlantic has had a good year ….. we’ve covered:

The launch of the new Virgin Atlantic credit cards, issued by Virgin Money, which have proved very popular with HfP readers (and don’t forget you still have seven days left to get the higher bonus of 10,000 miles on the free card and 25,000 miles on the Plus card):

The launch of the new Eric Lanlard afternoon tea service, both in the Clubhouse and in the air (read more here):

Virgin Atlantic afternoon tea

The launch of the new Donal Skehan dishes on the Upper Class and Clubhouse menus (read more here):

The new Economy Delight seating option, which – as this article explains – offers exceptional value for money in my view because of the huge number of additional miles you earn:

Virgin Atlantic Donal Skehan

And, as we covered in our other article today, the first of the refurbished ex-Air Berlin A330-200 aircraft have just entered service this week with new Upper Class and Premium seats.  Whilst Virgin never expected to be flying these aircraft, the engine issues facing the new 787-9 fleet has meant that Virgin had to act fast to keep flying.  This new product should do the job and it will be found mainly on the Caribbean routes.

Virgin A330-200 new Upper Class seats

2019 will see the arrival of the first brand new Airbus A350 to the Virgin Atlantic fleet and with it a brand new Upper Class seat to take the airline forward into the new decade.

Did I hear you mention ‘more raffle prizes’ too?

You certainly did.  I’m pleased to announce some great additional raffle prizes to add to the existing list.  This is what is new:

Plaza Premium – TWO pairs of two lounge passes for any Plaza Premium Heathrow lounge, including Terminal 5

Air New Zealanda crate of wine

Heathrow Express – a pair of return Business First tickets

I can also confirm one other prize where we didn’t have the details earlier in the week:

ANA (All Nippon Airways) – a model plane and £100 John Lewis / Waitrose voucher

These are on top of the prizes already announced:

Heathrow Rewards – FOUR prizes of 10,000 Heathrow Rewards points, convertible into a £100 shopping voucher or 10,000 Avios or other airline miles

REAL Transfers – return Mercedes transfer to Heathrow, Gatwick or London City from within the M25 or if outside the M25 £100 credit to use on trips either starting within the M25 or ending within the M25

Etihad Airways – TWO prizes of a pair of tickets to a Manchester City home game (choice of six games in the current season)

Alan Boswell Insurance – 5,000 Avios

Flybe – 2 return tickets from a London airport on a route of your choice

Eurostar – 1,000 Club Eurostar points

Enterprise RentA-Car – exact prize to be confirmed!

Malaysia Airlines – two tickets for Liverpool v Chelsea at Anfield next April

Escape Yachting – a lunch or dinner cruise on the Solent

World’s Best Martini Challenge Party – two tickets

Cross Border Financial Planning – £100 travel voucher

Send My Bag – £100 voucher

…. so we’re up to 21 prizes now.

If you have a ticket, myself, Rhys (who has done a great job so far in putting the event together in Anika’s extended absence) and the Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Money teams look forward to seeing you on Tuesday night.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 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: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER TO 2ND OCTOBER) 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.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (21)

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  • Carl says:

    Does anyone know what the seating is like? My wife and I are supposed to be going together, but she can’t stand for long periods at the moment, so just trying to decide if we should get someone to come in her stead or not.

    • Rob says:

      It is a lot worse than the Melia last year, because that is normally a bar and has sofa seating. This is a function room and we are reliant on whatever chairs and stools are scattered around. Even then, it is not the same sort of environment as Melia unfortunately.

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