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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

Comments (54)

  • Rich says:

    Speaking to staff at the Clubhouse it was a) rarely used and b) often needed closing for cleaning as people would spill champagne etc there.
    With the lounge more busy these days it made sense.

    Interesting fact though – the little machine to spin-dry one’s swimwear is still by the showers! Or at least it was last February.

  • Johnny5a says:

    Thanks for the reminder, Nectar are notorious for missing Nectar points on promotions. So it’s always worth diarising key dates.I’ve had to chase Nectar via twitter for missing points most recently the Spin To Win

  • DAJ says:

    I carried out the necessary transfer on the first day and have not received the bonus Avila nor received any bonus Nectar. Who should I contact to chase this?

    • Andrew says:

      Had you transferred to Nectar from Avios the day before? Anyone who did this didn’t qualify, despite us thinking their IT wouldn’t notice this.

      • DAJ says:

        No! I remember reading about not doing this so transferred on 25th January which if I remember correctly, was the first official day.

    • Rob says:

      That’s your problem. The promo started on the 2nd day after transfers started.

      • DAJ says:


      • Lister says:

        Trigger happy I sent 1600 nectar on the 24th and then another 1600 on the 25th. The 500 avios and double nectar points all tracked.

    • Mr David Ottley says:

      I too transferred 1600 Nectar points to Avios for the deal on day one and it shows on my Nectar account. Have rung and web chatted with Nectar several times but. despite promises that my case is allegedly still with the back office to pursue, nothing has happened. I feel my points were stolen from me and that Nectar do not care.

  • Stuart says:

    Vueling used to fly from Newcastle, didn’t last long. See how long it lasts this time around. Although EasyJet did operate the route also but since they closed their base at Newcastle that route has gone

    • HBommie says:

      With Easyjet closing their NCL base does this mean that they won’t return until this is reinstated (not saying it will), or do the logistics meaning that flights could return without a ‘base’?

      • Rob says:

        They can fly to Newcastle from other bases, and immediately fly back. It just means no aircraft will be based there and no crew based locally.

  • Froggitt says:

    Nectar, +1908. Not sure if thats more or less than I expected. What was included/excluded?

    • Froggitt says:

      I wonder if my monthly L&G/Nectar Life Insurance deal is going to double these points as well?

  • Allycat says:

    Nectar +870 which seems exactly correct as 1x the points showing against my online shopping since the BA transfer date. They haven’t included a 1x bonus against any weekly nectar point offers that were saved & used or against the juicy points boost they did in Feb, which is a shame 🙁

    Anyway, this week was the last week with Sainsbury’s and we are back to Tesco now. Our weekly shop seems to have been about 5-10% more expensive on average with Sainsbury’s and their levels of non-availability and choice/quality of substitutions is poorer. Both supermarkets have very large stores in York that do the online shopping deliveries but Tesco seem to be better stocked and also have friendlier drivers I think, although mileage does vary.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      The T&Cs were double the base points earned at sainsburys so no surprise they didn’t double anything else.

  • RussellH says:

    84 points credited as British Airways bonus dated 3 April

    But looking at the points total, that is still what it was yesterday, ie 30 points more than it was Saturday.
    Either the bonus was credited sometime earlier, or Nectar cannot add up.
    Not sure which is the less unlikely…

  • Jason says:

    Had a few fun times in the hot tub. In fact like you say hardly used! That was the beauty, you could always use it! I never spilt champagne in it but did lose one of my socks once….missing when I got out, didn’t have time to look for it as it was final call for my flight……….

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