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

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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)

  • Geoff says:

    No sign of my bonus points, made the transfer on 10 February.
    Spoke to Nectar this morning to be told bonus points may take 28 days to arrive from end of promotion (17 May). Does anyone know whether this is right?

  • Luc says:

    Just checking… As I have terrible memory… But I received an “Avios Nectar – Conversion Credit” of 1000 Avios on Jan 25th and an “Avios Nectar Launch Offer” of 500 points on March 11th… That’s correct right, without any extra online spending?

  • Aston100 says:

    I received the 1000 avios followed by a further 500 avios.
    However, I don’t see the double nectar points in the app or website, lump sum or otherwise.
    I definitely spent over £400 within the qualifying period, and can see this on the Sainsburys Card statement.

  • David says:

    Wasn’t there a10000 Nectar points bonus if you spent the £400? Or am I misremembering?

  • Andrew says:

    Hi. Converted 1600 Nectar points to 1000 Avios on 30 Jan. 500 launch offer Avios arrived 11 Mar but no sign yet of the 1000 Avios. BTW is the Nectar Credit Card when linked to Curve Blue a good way to continue collecting Avios now Lloyds are terminating the remnants of their Avios Duo cards ? 10,000 Nectar becomes 6000 Avios as a signup bonus.

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