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Virgin Atlantic boosts services from Manchester to Barbados

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Following our piece the other day about Virgin Atlantic putting a new A350 – with the new Upper Class Suite – on the Heathrow to Barbados route from December, there is more news.

Manchester to Bridgetown will increase to four weekly flights from 23rd December, and to five weekly flights from 5th January.

Remember that you do not need to quarantine on your return from Barbados, and at present there are no restrictions on entry as long as you arrive with a negative covid test.

Virgin Atlantic adds more Manchester to Barbados flights

If you do not want to pay for a test in the UK, you can take a free test on arrival as long as you stay at participating hotels and do not mix with others for 24 hours.

The Barbados hotel deal I mentioned on Thursday still seems to be available. Travelzoo has a very strong offer for the Fairmont Royal Pavilion – see here, and there is a picture above. You save over 50% and suites are included. I stayed here about 15 years ago and it is on a lovely stretch of beach. The voucher is fully refundable if you end up not going. Click here to learn more.

PS. Virgin Atlantic is also boosting services from Heathrow to Montego Bay in Jamaica. From 23rd December, flights will increase from three to five per week. The route uses a Boeing 787-9, so you will get a new aircraft but with the old style Upper Class seat.


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (January 2022)

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

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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:

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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points:

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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 (73)

  • Paul says:

    “Remember that you do not need to quarantine on your return from Barbados, and at present there are no restrictions on entry as long as you arrive with a negative covid test.“

    You need to add a single word……..YET

    Given 3500 cases here yesterday and probably 10,000 a day by end of month it a very brave individual that books anything now! I could understand booking in July but the failure of testing, eat out to help out and Weatherspoons cheap alcohol has sent on the path to second lock down.

    Nothing would entice me to book VS and I have just converted 250,000 miles to Hilton who I suspect will be around a bit longer.

    • Char char says:

      This is typical tabloid rubbish your reiterating.

      3000 cases which is about 1% of total tests vs March where it was 3000+ cases making about 30% of total tests

      The amount that test positive isn’t the issue, the percentage of total tests is.

      • John says:

        It is for guessing whether it will go on the UK naughty list

      • Paul says:

        No it’s not, news filled with members of SAGE saying we are on the brink of losing control ( if indeed we ever had any at all!)
        With R at 1.2 ( conservative estimate some suggest 1.7) the rate of infection will double every 4-5 days or 2-3 if higher. We don’t have effective testing or tracing. Test in the post is not a result and the fools are those that swallow anything that spews from the mouth of any government minister.
        I work in critical industry and we have not been able to secure a single test for 3 days leading to massive disruption to staff And their families

        • Char char says:

          Some people just believe everything in the mainstream news, people like your exaggerate things to fit your own beliefs

  • Snorkie says:

    I’ve contacted Uber about this and all they keep repeating to me is that the promotion is no longer available. The promotion will still show as valid on your account but it will not deduct the £5. Uber also refused to refund me the £5 even though it’s still showing on my account .

    • IncompatibleItalic says:

      Likewise. They claim that they “pulled the promo” but refuse to acknowledge that it still shows as active on their app. They are trying to sucker in new riders, but avoid actually paying out any promos. Hopefully this gets picked up as it is really poor practice from a company already famous for shady underhand practices

    • Lady London says:

      If I were all of you I would keep a screenshot of the offer in the app on your phone and any info connected with it as Uber only has to issue an app update and bye bye your evidence.

  • JDE says:

    Sadly the Uber code didn’t work for me – Uber are playing hard ball. I’ve screenshot the offer showing on my account with the expiry date of 4th October for two trips – but they simply say the offer is not available. Their customer service stinks and over the last 12months has certainly taken a dive.

  • David Butcher says:

    I’m normally a Uber fan but surely this is sharp practice. Enticing you to use them with an offer of £5 off, adding the offer to your account and then saying “We’re not honouring it”.

    A bit like going into a supermarket with a valid £5 gift card and them saying “we’re not accepting it”.

    Not right Uber. Not right at all.

  • Jordan D says:

    Think Pret is on the site of EAT, which they were shamefully allowed to take over. At least they haven’t turned it into a crap Veggie Pret, like they have done to the EAT near my office.

    • Rob says:

      EAT was going bust before covid, so it would have disappeared anyway.

      Strategically, the plan was to open near small Prets so that people who didn’t want to queue in Pret would go there instead. Not as good stuff but quicker. When Pret moved to opening far bigger stores, this USP fell away.

  • yorkieflyer says:

    We found Barbados a disappointment a couple of years ago on revisiting after a gap of 8 years. Outside the all inclusives which seem to have multiplied, it all seemed rather run down and tatty. Much preferred the other leg of our twin centre, Grenada.

  • Alex Sm says:

    Given the positioning of Barbados as a covid remote working destination, this route may soon become a commuter one!

  • Alexey says:

    re UBER – I have added the code and it worked on first trip , few days later while I still see it in my account , booked another trip but it didn’t applied/ used this time

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