Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Bits: Nectar bonus arrives, remember the Virgin hot tub?, new Avios routes from Newcastle and Belfast

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

News in brief:

Your Nectar bonus points have arrived

If you converted Nectar points to Avios as part of the launch promotion in February, your bonus Nectar points should have been credited to your account on Saturday. They are backdated so you will have to scroll down your transaction list to find it.

As a reminder, anyone who converted 1,600 Nectar points to Avios by 14th February qualified to receive double Nectar points on all of their Sainsbury’s spending from the date of the transfer to 19th April. These points have now posted.

Who remembers the Virgin Atlantic hot tub?

It was announced last week that British Airways is closing all of the Elemis spas in its lounges – read the full story here.

It reminded me that Virgin Atlantic used to have a hot tub in the Clubhouse lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3. See the photo below.

What was bizarre about the jacuzzi is that, despite how the photograph makes it look, it was in the main lounge area, albeit separated by the screen you see behind it.

There was no separate room or private area. You simply changed in the shower room and hopped in.

I don’t know why Virgin Atlantic got rid of it. It clearly added cost to the lounge operation, but in the world of Instagram it would be a huge hit if it returned.

I never used it myself, purely because I never remembered before checking in my swimming trunks …..

Vueling adds new services from Newcastle and Belfast

We ran a long article last week on how to earn and spend Avios on Vueling, IAG’s low cost European carrier.

If you live near Newcastle or Belfast, you will soon have an opportunity to try out Vueling on new flights to their base in Barcelona.

  • Newcastle to Barcelona will operate on Wednesdays and Sundays between July and October
  • Belfast City to Barcelona will operate on Mondays and Fridays between July and October

You can check pricing and times on the Vueling website here.

Remember that you will need a Vueling Club or Aer Lingus AerClub account (one which starts 3081xxxxxxxxx) if you want to earn Avios. You can transfer these to British Airways Executive Club via the ‘Combine My Avios’ function on avios.com.

Comments (54)

  • ChrisC says:

    The pool was removed during a refurbishment (around 2017 or so) and replaced with additional seats and tables.

    • chabuddy geezy says:

      indeed the extra tables we due to Delta elites being granted access.

  • Tim says:

    ‘…will soon have an opportunity to try out Vueling’ ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. What an opportunity. Based in Northumberland, prior to Covid I used NCL and EDI about 60/40. With the removal of the BA lounge at NCL, it will just be more pleasant flying from Edinburgh hands down. Newcastle airport security is great. The airport is great. It’s just the Geordies in general. On the upside, at least they don’t sound like the Scousers. Or even worse, trying to speak to people from Sheffield 🙂

  • Timothy Firmager says:

    Hi Rob and the team, when you say “qualified to receive double Nectar points on all of their Sainsbury’s spending from the date of the transfer to 19th April. These points have now posted.” How do these post, as a lump on a particular day? I’ve gone through my Nectar history back to the date I did the transfer to BA in Feb and can’t see any double posing of Nectar points in my account

    • ChrisC says:

      Mine appear as follows on 14th April in the activity summary on the app

      British Airways
      Bonus Reward. + (number of points

      Then in the detail

      Shopped date 14th April 2021
      Points added 01 May 2021

      The 14th April was the last day I did any shopping that qualified for the double points .

    • Stuart says:

      I don’t see any extra points in my activity

  • Jonathan says:

    Was the 1000 nectar bonus only available to the main nectar card holder (as a supplementary hard holder I’ve not received anything)?

  • Andrew says:

    The Virgin hot tub was a nice touch, adding a bit of extra decadence – but never used it either. The Finnair lounge in Helsinki has a sauna as part of the shower area which I did use on a morning transfer back from Asia – no swimwear required of course.

    • Bagoly says:

      Don’t tell anyone at AA, or the JV will be amended to make clothing compulsory.
      This happened to the Hotel Kamp, when they were part of Starwood.
      Perhaps that is why they are not part of Marriott?

    • Lord Doncaster says:

      I think the first lounge at LHR T5 can be thought of as a sauna anyway…

  • Robert says:

    “Avios Nectar Launch Offer” for 500 Avios appeared 9 March (credited way back on 11 March)
    “British Airways Bonus Reward” for 117 Nectar appears 13 April (credited 1 May).

    Time to merge some family Nectar accounts

  • Paul says:

    There was a steam room in BAs T4 lounge complex at gate 10 below the Concorde departure gate lounge. They also had full size massage tables.
    The smell of the hot tip must have permeated across most of the lounge as it was not separated.

  • Chrisasaurus says:

    Remembering your trunks is one thing but what about the wet trunks you then have ahead of a long flight etc?

    • A says:

      They had a spinner drier

      • Alex Sm says:

        Apparently they still have it! See comments above

        • A says:

          Absolutely bizarre it is still there – can’t imagine there’s much cause for it, unless virgin has a large number of flyers who wet themselves

      • Chrisasaurus says:

        Hmmm… still expecting a mildest smell from my bag by the time I’ve flown around the world with slightly damp clothing in a plastic bag

        Just had the wonderful thought of seeing clothing hung out to dry over the door of club suites…

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please click here to read our data protection policy before submitting your comment

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.