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News in brief:

Save up to £100 on British Airways Holidays

Until Tuesday 7th January, BA Holidays is offering up to an extra £100 off ‘flight & hotel’ or ‘flight & car’ bookings.

The extra discount is staggered:

£100 off a £2,500+ booking

£50 off a £1,250 – £2,499 booking

£25 off a £650 – £1,249 booking (‘flight and car’ only)

Full details are on the British Airways sale website here.  You need to book by Tuesday night.

Virgin Holidays 10% discount

Save 10% at Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays

There are also discounts over at Virgin Holidays and Virgin Atlantic.

Virgin Holidays and Virgin Atlantic have brought back the special deal they ran exclusively on Boxing Day.  This time it runs for four days, ending on Monday night.

With the first offer, you can save 10% if you book a Virgin Atlantic ‘flight and hotel’ package.

These need to be booked via this page of the Virgin Atlantic website You need to use code 10SALE to get the discount.  The discount applies to the price before airport taxes so it will be marginally lower than 10%.  The deal applies for packages booked for all of 2020.

If you were only planning to book flights in the Virgin Atlantic sale, you may want to price them up today with this offer.  You might end up getting your hotel included for little extra cost.

The same discount applies to anything you book at Virgin Holidays before Monday evening.

It is the same discount code – 10SALE – and it is valid for departures up to 31st December 2020.  There are no minimum spend requirements.  As a special extra bonus, bookings made this weekend will also come with free airport lounge access.

You need to book via the Virgin Holidays sale site here.


HFP Virgin Atlantic Rewards credit card

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 2021)

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, one has a bonus of 15,000 Points):

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending 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:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

Until 2nd November 2021, there is a special offer on The Platinum Card from American Express.

You will receive a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points which converts into 60,000 Virgin Points.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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 (184)

  • Flying Misfit says:

    OT Re: Iberia Celebrity Comp

    I have received the 100 points on 3 occasions. Not a huge amount by any stretch but a tidy sum across a BA household for just over 2000.

    • Shoestring says:

      interesting – were you trying for 3x 100 or did they just arrive by duplication?

      • Flying Misfit says:

        didn’t try a thing, just entered when Rob posted article… and they have just popped in there… e.g. one account has had them post on 10/11, 03/12 and 16/12 all under caption Other Services ‘Iberia Plus Campaign Iberia’… seems like a glitch to me, I’ve transferred all of them via Avios.com out of Iberia

        thought i would post as others may have been beneficiaries and worth taking a peep at IB Plus accounts

  • jtz says:

    OT is the plat upgrade link not working? i’m getting Sorry, it looks like you do not have a Card eligible for this upgrade.
    thanks

    • Frank says:

      Have you got another charge card? Green or Gold?

    • Kev says:

      Do you have another Charge Card? Gold or Green

      • jtz says:

        gold card

        • Kev says:

          Defo Gold Charge Card – not Gold Credit Card?

          • jtz says:

            pretty sure its the charge card, are there different links, i’m using the link that’s been running for some time

          • Kev says:

            It will only work if upgrading from a Charge Card, not a Credit Card so double check that that is what you have.

          • Jtz says:

            Defo charge card, hubby tried it now too, and same thing came up, also showing spend 4k in the next 3 months for 20,000 points
            Is anyone else having this too?

  • Anna says:

    OT but bits. Tesco seem to have a 2 for £6 offer on 2 wines – a Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc and a Cotes du Rhone. Both are £5.50 normally so this looks like quite a bargain!

  • Kev says:

    What is the method for multiple Life Insurance with MT>?

    Can you do several with MT and choose different providers for the policy?

    • Shoestring says:

      yep I thought 2 at a time each was reasonable, YMMV! 🙂

      got them done & moved on to next 2 each

      I think it’s best to stay honest & declare all your insurance policies where they ask for total cover you have going

      the life insurers share a lot of information

      the other one worth £100 Amazon g/c is MSM – same low premiums/ premia

  • Danielle says:

    Hi, wondering if anyone can help.

    I have over 100,000 avios points and am a bronze member. I booked a flight paying cash in world traveller plus from Nairobi to LHR and wanted to upgrade to club world.

    There are still club world seats available if you pay cash, but when I called BA, they said I can’t use my points to upgrade, only cash.

    Anyone else have this issue? I didn’t think there were restrictions on when you can use your points?

    Kr,

    Dannie

    • Rob says:

      Hi Dannie

      There must be Avios seats in CW in order to upgrade, unfortunately.’

      I recommend you set an alert for your flight at rewardflightfinder.com. If CW seats for Avios open up, you’ll get an email and you can then call BA to book.

      Rob

      • Danielle says:

        Ahh, I’ve never had an issue upgrading before, so i assumed it was the flight path.

        Great advice, will do that now. Thanks Rob!

        • BJ says:

          + worth the £3/month for the oremium service which checks availability hourly as opposed to daily.

  • Jay H says:

    Anyone elses referral link for amex bringing back an error when visiting it?

    Sorry, there was an error in accessing the application. Please try again using the link provided in your original offer.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, mine. It seems to be a cookie issue. Use Private Browsing and it is fine.

  • Shoestring says:

    you can get 1 month free Platinum status with Red by Dufry using code HAPPYBIRTHDAY
    1. Click on the link below
    2. Enter the promo code into the promotional field within your profile page
    3. Start enjoying your Platinum member benefits!
    https://www.shopdutyfree.com/en/?utm_source=acs&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DM4424

    does Plat get you a cheap lounge pass? ISTR something about that

      • the_real_a says:

        Buying these passes via Revolut – there is no “date” on them, in so fact you can stack them up and use at leisure over say 12 months. I wonder if these are the same?

        • Shoestring says:

          I’ve got a few Dragonpass lounge passes before (Barclays) over email for some forgotten reason and they weren’t dated

          I have 2 others I paid £18 for in October, not used yet, and the expiry is 1 year after issue

          Even 1 year would be great if it were USD10 a pop

          • the_real_a says:

            Registered with immediate upgrade to Platinum. Downloaded Dragonpass and can buy what seems unlimited visits for $10. Just bought ten… all good for 12 months in any lounge and fully refundable.

            Nice one 🙂

          • Shoestring says:

            blimmin’ Nora! is that on a phone app – or do you reckon you can do it on a proper mansize desktop?

          • Shoestring says:

            *womansize OK by me as well 🙂

          • Shoestring says:

            *itsize/ themsize/ personsize/ onefitsallsize – they’re all good 🙂

          • the_real_a says:

            Signup up for Dufry on the desktop using your promo code. Download the Dufry app, then click on Lounge passes… it creates the account with Dragon pass. Download the DragonPass app and then sign in, then buy the passes in the dragon pass app.

          • Shoestring says:

            what is Lounge Passes under on the app?

          • the_real_a says:

            Firstly select any airport as your current location. Then on the “Enjoy” tab, under the airport benefits header, click on the lounge for that airport. Then click I want it… it will then sign you up automatically for Dragon pass giving you a username and password. use this to log into the dragon pass app. Then in the dragon pass app under the QR code click add visits.

          • Shoestring says:

            how do I actually see my DP user name & password? my wife broke my phone 50% by dropping it off a car and driving over it

            I click on I want it – then what?

          • the_real_a says:

            After you click on “i want it” the dufry app created me a fresh Dragon Pass Username and password and sent a copy via email. I then used this to log into Dragon pass app.

          • pablo says:

            If you previously had an account with dragonpass, when registering for red by dufry use a different email to the one used with dragonpass in the past otherwise dufry will throw an error when attempting to set up your dragonpass account.

          • Shoestring says:

            cheers pablo – could explain why I am getting nowhere on my 50% working mobile and nobody in my family will help (I am disowning them)

            I will re-try with new details

  • DaveL says:

    OT – I’m owed a final Lloyds upgrade voucher (per their letter, I have until March 2020 to earn it). Have hit spend requirement recently but nothing has turned up. Will contact Lloyds but wondering if anyone has had one through recently?

    • Anna says:

      I got a letter in October saying I had earned the voucher but with no validity date mentioned! I’ve tried calling to make sure it’s in my account but either can’t get an answer from Avios or the (BA) CSA is completely clueless about the vouchers. Going to try again next week.

      You can contact Lloyd’s either by phone or via their online feedback form, but be prepared for similar cluelessness. You need to speak to someone familiar with the terms of the Avios cards (before the big change) and Lloyd’s don’t seem to employ many of these.

      Alternatively, if you can get through to the Avios number, they should be able to tell you if the voucher is in your account, thereby negating the need to deal with Lloyd’s.

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