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Virgin Atlantic and British Airways sale updates

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Sale news in brief:

Virgin Atlantic adds some extra sale discounts

We covered the current Virgin Atlantic sale in this article two weeks ago.

A couple of extra deals have been added:

Save an extra £20 off Economy flights to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Lagos and Tel Aviv
Book by 29th December and use promo code AFISR. Valid in Economy Light, Classic and Delight.

Save an extra £50 off Premium flights to Barbados
Book by 28th December and use promo code BGI50

Full details of the Virgin Atlantic sale can be found on this special page of their website.

Remember that all flights come with up to £500,000 of Covid-19 insurance to cover any potential costs which are not picked up by your existing coverage.

Virgin Atlantic holidays sale

Get Heathrow lounge access with selected British Airways Holidays bookings

BA Holidays has brought back its offer of free airport lounge access on qualifying new bookings.

To be eligible, you must book a ‘flight and hotel’ package which meets the following minimum spend criteria:

  • Long haul travel where the package price is more than £1,500 per person (minimum two people per booking), or
  • Short haul or domestic travel where the package price is more than £1,000 per person (minimum two people per booking).

You must book by 6th January and travel between 9th January and 31st March.

The full details are on this BA sale page.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2024)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital on Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

Huge 30,000 points bonus until 12th May 2024 Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

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 Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (27)

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  • Chris says:

    re: the Covid insurance offered by Virgin. The fine print says it is only valid when not travelling against FCO advice, and as UK currently advises against all travel, the insurance they offer is pretty much not useable at all. Maybe for a future date, when travelling is allowed, but useful to know so as not to get caught out.

    • Rob says:

      That is complete nonsense. The UK does NOT advise against all travel. You are parrotting rubbish for Boris’s press conferences without actually looking at it.

      There is NOTHING – not a single word – in the Tier 4 legislation which says you cannot travel. (You can’t leave home but that is different.) Large parts of the country are not in Tier 4 anyway.

      Foreign Office guidance remains as it was. Some countries are on the OK list, some are not. It is not a blanket ban.

      • Ben says:

        Agree with this.

      • Crafty says:

        How do you travel without leaving home?

        • Nick says:

          But that’s not the point. The Virgin offer doesn’t say ‘if you can’t leave home’, it says ‘if FCO advises against travel to X country’. The restrictions are designed to stop you travelling, but it’s the exact wording that’s crucial in this case, not the spirit of them.

          In any case, as has been pointed out, the south is being told not to leave home. Much of the country still can… and is still allowed to go to an airport. So if they are going to a country the FCO doesn’t advise against, the VS insurance is fine.

      • Chris Heyes says:

        Sorry a Moot point Rob but is leaving home not Traveling in the liberal sense therefor if in Tier 4 you cannot travel as you would have to leave “home”
        I’m sure that’s why a “lot” of people left Tier 4 before the legislation came into effect.
        Of course a accept if one as a caravan/mobile home if would be possible to travel without leaving “home” lol lol

    • WaynedP says:

      Perhaps I am overly risk-averse, but I agree with Chris here, at least in relation to my own essential destination of South Africa.

      Like Chris, I am reluctant to assume that Virgin’s putative Covid travel insurance won’t successfully reject any claims I might incur on my planned visits given that current FCDO states at the top of its summary of foreign travel advice to South Africa

      The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:
      the whole of South Africa based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

      I don’t know how many other countries’ individual FCDO pages start with the same statement, but I’m not taking any chances and have (and will continue to) pay currently just under £100 average cost for 14 day additional cover with Battleface which explicitly covers foreign travel in contradiction of FCDO advice for me and my wife when we have to travel to SA until this pandemic is completely resolved.

  • Sam G says:

    The Tier issue and the FCDO issue are separate. Travelling against FCDO advice almost certainly invalidates your insurance and usually specifically mentions this. Battleface and a couple of others offer specialist products for this scenario

    Breaking the law and making a non essential trip to the airport to go on holiday isn’t of interest to your travel insurer, they aren’t covering the risk of you being fined anyway. They won’t even be checking what tier you were in the day you left at the point of claim. The same they don’t check you had a valid driving licence to drive to the airport.

    However in an abundance of caution I’d advise anyone travelling to have checked this with their specific insurer since opinions may vary

    • BS says:

      There will likely be a clause in the travel insurance that says they will not cover you if you perform illegal acts (usually used to reject claims when you have done something stupid whilst high on drugs etc), but will almost certainly be used to reject claims if you have travelled from a tier 4 area without fulfilling one of the required exemption criteria.

  • James says:

    Does anyone have any idea on what’s going on with Spain (specifically the Canaries). Due to travel in 2 days – BA still churning out the “what to expect” emails. As far as I can see, Spain like many countries, is closed to the U.K. even with a PCR test? Correct?

  • The Original Nick. says:

    As many people here will have travel insurance via Amex Platinum has anyone read through the policy and checked to see if we would be covered by it if we were to travel at now being in Tier 4?

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      Tiers have no relevance (morally, but not legally at least)

      But Plat insurance explicitly won’t cover travelling against FCDO advice so far as I understand it so be careful you’re not travelling against their advice in that case.

      I don’t know what the position on cancellation insurance if trip was booked after March, and therefore it was a known risk though, hopefully Someone can help there

      • Jonathan says:

        Amex Platinum Insurance General Exclusions;

        15) Any fraudulent, dishonest or criminal act committed by You, or anyone with whom You are in collusion.

        It’s not cut & dry but if you’re outside your home for a reason not covered by the specific exemptions then you are committing an offence. Would Amex have that fight for a £90 stolen wallet claim? Probably not but if it was a medical claim involving hospitalisation & repatriation running into the tens/hundreds of thousands then I’d be a little anxious given their underwriters, AXA, don’t exactly have the best of reputations!

        • Sharka says:

          The “specific exemptions” as you call them are are not exhaustive. You might have any number of reasonable excuses that are not enumerated, which has been the case in every set of Regulations made under Public Health Act 1984. Rob’s various statements are wholly with merit, ai suggest.

        • Rob says:

          Axa has paid 3 claims of mine via Plat which, in every case, broke the rules of the policy and which they would have been perfectly within their rights to refuse.

        • A says:

          Copying my answer above as it is relevant here too:

          Worth bearing in mind that once you’re abroad you’re not committing an offence given the territorial ambit of the regulations. So the illegality in the period between leaving your home and getting to your destination is more akin to speeding on the way to the airport (which would obviously not not be used to invalidate claims when you are abroad) than medical claims for a drugs mule whose internal bag burst (which illegality would prevent claims stemming from it).

  • Briaann says:

    Just hit 31 nights for the year after a 8 day/night mattress run (ave £35 per night – two £50 amex credits and the 10k points workspaces offer) so that’s Hilton Diamond sorted until March 23. Now hopefully can get some of the value of this back at some point.

  • Briaann says:

    Unfortunate re the stay by date but ultimately it’s a bonus. Now have two vouchers to use instead of one.

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