Bits: 25% off New York redemptions at five IHG hotels, 20% off Heathrow Express, check your Virgin card payments

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Save up to 25% on redemptions at five IHG Rewards Club hotels in New York

IHG Rewards Club, the Holiday Inn / HI Express / Crowne Plaza etc loyalty scheme, is offering discounted redemptions at five of its New York hotels.

You need to stay before 30th April to get the reduced rates.

The participating hotels are:

Hotel Indigo Lower East Side – usually 55,000 points, now 45,000 points

EVEN Times Square – usually 50,000 points, now 40,000 points

EVEN Midtown East – usually 45,000 points, now 35,000 points

EVEN Brooklyn – usually 40,000 points, now 30,000 points

Hotel Indigo Brooklyn – usually 40,000 points, now 30,000 points

Click through the links above for more information on each hotel.  Our review of EVEN Midtown East is here.

Full details of this promotion can be found on this page of

20% off Heathrow Express for the next week

Heathrow Express is running a Chinese New Year promotion.

Code LNY2019 will get you 20% off an Express Saver return ticket.  The outbound must be used by 20th February whilst the return half is valid for a month.

Full details are on the Heathrow Express website here.

You can’t earn Avios from Heathrow Express if you use this deal as promo codes are not allowed on the site.  You can earn Heathrow Rewards points.

Heathrow Express discount

Check your Virgin Atlantic credit card repayments

thisismoney ran an interesting piece last week about issues with the Virgin Atlantic credit cardsYou can read it here.

It appears that if you agree to pay by Direct Debit when applying for the card, your account is set up to only take the minimum repayment each month.  This is made clear in the direct debit instructions but you could easily miss it.  If you want to pay the full balance by Direct Debit each month, you need to log in to your Virgin Money account and change the settings.

It seems that quite a few people did not read the small print and were not aware of this, although arguably after the first month they should have spotted what was going on.  If you have a Virgin Atlantic credit card on Direct Debit, double check what is being taken out.

PS.  The article also flagged some commentary on the Virgin Atlantic cards from Virgin Money’s 2018 half-year accounts, which were the last to be published before the company was taken over.  I hadn’t seen this before. It says:

we successfully launched a range of Virgin Atlantic credit cards, with a stronger than expected customer response driving high quality new customer acquisition and increased levels of retail spend;

we issued [to 30th June 2018] over 37,000 new Virgin Atlantic cards, reflecting strong customer demand. A significant proportion of Virgin Atlantic customers are choosing a card with an annual fee, supporting other income;

as expected, the credit quality of the new Virgin Atlantic card customers is superior to that of the existing portfolio, reflecting the more affluent nature of the customer base

Remember that you can get an increased sign-up bonus on the cards if you apply by 28th February.  The free card is offering 10,000 Flying Club miles whilst the £160 fee card is offering 25,000 miles.  Full details are on the Virgin Money website here.  Just be careful how you set up your direct debit …..

(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. Is it still possible to do a “cross-referral” from Platinum to, say, BAPP? I have the referral link but don’t see the option of a BAPP in the “Other Cards” section. I only see Gold and Green cards.

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