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Announcing Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Money as the sponsors of the 2018 HFP Christmas Party – and more raffle prizes added!

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(UPDATE: Malaysia Airlines has now confirmed a rather cool prize for any football fan – a pair of tickets to the Liverpool v Chelsea Premier League game at Anfield next April!)

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.

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Comments

  1. Daddy Pimp says:

    🤫 Shhh I got some of those HFP Xmas party tickets.
    Going to cost you.Meet me outside the venue & I will sort you right out.

  2. Awesome VS are sponsoring this, enjoy folks

  3. Looking forward to it. Hope I win the plane.

  4. dgsupersonic says:

    If anyone that has a ticket cannot make it, I will be happy to buy it from you.

  5. Nick Burch says:

    Will Virgin Money accept appeals against rejects for the VM Virgin Atlantic credit card in person at the event? 😉

    Or at least acknowledge in public that they’re repeatedly messing up? (I know you can write in, as Rob frequently points out and I can confirm works, but really they ought to fix it, or at least publically admit to the issue!)

  6. Barnaby100 says:

    I used to find it easy to get Virgin UC redemptions, always booked as soon as they were released, but now it seems impossible. Got 500,000 miles but can’t use them. Has anyone else found the same?

    • Nigel the pensioner says:

      Of course, ask Mrs Burgess. She apparently has over a million of the things. Virgin need to up their ante on the UC seats before anyone wants to use them! 😂😂 Maybe in a couple of years, but watch your sell by date if you arent gold!

    • Shoestring says:

      We have nearly a million of the things lol 🙂

  7. I have a spare ticket for tomorrow if anyone needs

  8. I also have two spare tickets for tomorrow. Please let me know!

  9. 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.

    • 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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