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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 (June 2024)

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 18,000 Virgin Points and the free card has a bonus of 3,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

18,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

3,000 bonus points, no fee and 1 point for every £1 you spend 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 – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 40,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 40,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus 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 sign-up 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 (72)

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  • Alexey says:

    OT – have anyone received tesco points for last pet insurance offer ?

    Still nothing in my account after few months

  • BugAlugs says:

    Added the promo code to my Uber account, tool an uber to Heathrow , code not used. Have contact customer services for a refund.

  • Harry T says:

    Used Uber last night and didn’t receive any £5 rebate/discount.

  • Brian W says:

    I’ve asked Uber 4 times now to produce the terms and conditions of the offer and they simply reply with:

    “This promotion was valid only for the first 200,000 riders who use the code. As advised previously the promotion did not apply to this trip as it is no longer available. We are unable to retroactively apply it on this occasion”.

    Other than the atrocious use of tense and grammar, surly they are obliged to provide a copy of the terms of the offer even if it the terms did allow it to be removed? I firmly believe its wrong that my App still shows the offer as being valid and available.

    • Char char says:

      I’d be considering a complaint to ASA

    • Ron says:

      I got the same reply, also after 3 or 4 messages trying to escalate. False advertising!

      The offer still shows as active in my app. And conveniently they don’t acknowledge or respond to that fact in any messages.

      They are clearly using it to drive extra trips without paying the promotion.

  • JohnT says:

    At least we now know about Uber, yuk! Once again the popularity of this site catching out “clever” marketing ploys.

    • Anuj says:

      This isn’t the first time they’ve done this. Their customer support is horrific. Once a driver took me to the wrong train station because uber’s built in map was wrong. They didn’t offer any compensation or even refund me the cost of the taxi. They’ve also done this voucher that applies but doesn’t come off before too.

      The final straw is them closing the support chat from their end forcefully despite me pressing the button to indicate my problem wasn’t resolved.

  • Marco says:

    All that drama for £5? Guys, you fly in Business and First class and so much noise about £5 discount…. What can I say…

    • Peter K says:

      You’re forgetting the principle of the matter and whether or is the first time such a thing has occurred with the same company.

  • Cheshire Pete says:

    I pretty much got the cold shoulder from Uber. As others have pointed out they just reply with answers which ignore much of what the reality is!

    The above is more annoying and unacceptable than the actual complaint, ie they applied the Promo then just decided not to deliver.

    I’ve basically washed my hands of them as it’s just atrocious behaviour. I wouldn’t waste anymore of my valuable time bothering with them over this.

  • Char char says:

    They gave me referral credit in some random currency once and said I could only use it in that country despite having signed up in these UK and wouldn’t let me change it to gbp

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