News in brief:
Earn double Virgin Points with WorldHotels – and save £100 with Amex
American Express recently launched a generous cashback offer with WorldHotels.
If you haven’t heard of WorldHotels, it is a marketing group – rather like Preferred Hotels or Leading Hotels of the World – which lets hotels remain fully independent but share a common marketing platform.
Assuming that your American Express card is targetted and that you register, you will receive £100 cashback when you spend £250 at a participating WorldHotels property.
The offer ends on 30th November. There are participating hotels across Europe – the full list is here (PDF).
What I forgot to mention when we first covered this is that WorldHotels is a Virgin Flying Club partner.
You would normally earn 500 Virgin Points per stay as you can see here.
However, for all stays until 31st March 2022, this is doubled to 1,000 Virgin Points per stay. Details are on the WorldHotels website here.
Combine this offer with the £100 American Express cashback and you have an attractive deal.
Aer Lingus announces a big expansion at Belfast City
Both British Airways CityFlyer and Aer Lingus have stepped up at Belfast City Airport after the collapse of Aer Lingus Regional franchise holder Stobart Air in June.
As we covered in early September, CityFlyer has already announced increased frequencies to
- Exeter (four flights per week)
- Glasgow (13 flights per week)
- Leeds Bradford (10 flights per week)
- Birmingham (16 flights per week, a new route)
Aer Lingus has now announced increased services on the routes it picked up from Stobart. From 31st October:
- Manchester will go from daily to twice daily
- Heathrow will go from 19 to 21 flights per week, returning it to pre-covid levels of service
- Edinburgh will go from daily flights to 11 per week
Flights will earn Avios, but not British Airways Executive Club tier points, when bought for cash and will also be redeemable for Avios.
The increase in Manchester services will support the new long haul routes to Barbados, New York JFK and Orlando which launch across November and December.
You can confirm timings and pricing on aerlingus.com here.
Save 15% on No1 Lounges
Finally …. No1 Lounges is offering a 15% discount when you pre-book a lounge visit by 31st October.
There are only two sites currently open:
- London Gatwick North Terminal (details here)
- Heathrow Airport Terminal 3 (details here)
Both of these are facing fresh competition. Plaza Premium has just opened the old Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Gatwick North as an independent lounge whilst American Express is poised to launch its Centurion Lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3.
You need to use code AUTUMN15 to get your 15% discount, and you need to book directly on the No1 website here.