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Win 255,000 Virgin Points with Virgin Red and Head for Points!
To celebrate the launch of Virgin Red, we are giving away 255,000 Virgin Points. This is good for … well … loads and loads of cool stuff. Click here to enter – the deadline is 27th August. All we need is your email address (which we won’t use for anything else).
The latest travel and aviation news:
Virgin Atlantic is launching its first ever long haul flights from Edinburgh. It is the first airline to offer direct flights from Scotland to the Caribbean (Barbados) this winter and will also offer flights to Orlando from next year. The downside is that Glasgow flights to Orlando have been scrapped.
Vodafone has followed EE in reintroducing roaming charges across Europe. From next year, you’ll be charged £2 a day to use your allowance abroad, or you can purchase multi-day passes.
Virgin Atlantic could be seeking to list on the stock market – would you invest?
Credit card news:
Don’t forget you can get 40,000 points and Gold status with the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card! The offer ends on 31st August.
British Airways news:
Here’s how you can still earn Avios from Barclays Premier banking without having to switch your bank accounts.
What happens to your Avios when you die? Whilst they may have been overlooked in your estate planning its worth considering how you can ensure your nearest and dearest reap the benefits of your travels.
The British Airways data breach lawsuit payments have arrived – this is what we thought of it.
BA’s first Cityflyer flights from Southampton have taken off – a convenient airport for anyone in the South of England.
Hilton Honors is giving away (for points) tickets to Wireless in London, Parklife in Manchester and TRNSMT in Glasgow. Both standard and VIP packages are available.
IHG is feeling left out with the number of brands it operates (Marriott Bonvoy has 30!) and will launch its own as yet unnamed ‘collection’ brand to rival Marriott’s Autograph Collection and Hilton’s Curio.
Don’t want to spend your Hilton points on hotels? You can now redeem them for a number of summer music festivals.
We take a look at the best hotel promotions this month – make sure to enrol before your holidays!
Atlantis The Palm in Dubai, below, has a special offer for Amex cardholders if you are heading off on an Amber list break.
Other interesting bits:
The American Express Centurion lounge at Heathrow T3 will be opening soon – here’s who will have access and what it looks like.
Qatar is back on the Amber list which means fully vaccinated travellers can once again travel or connect in Qatar without having to worry about quarantining on your return to the UK. To mark the good news Qatar Airways has launched a number of offers.
Offers you missed:
You’ve missed out on nine chances to win a stash of Virgin Points with our 24-hour giveaways this week. The good news is that you can still enter the headline prize of 255,000 points – more than enough for at least a couple of return flights in Upper Class. Click here to enter.
Sadly you also missed out on booking London’s KFC-themed pop-up hotel, which launched on Wednesday ….
Don’t miss any other offers closing soon with our ‘Important dates for your diary’ round-up post.
See you next Saturday.