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News in brief:

Use your £50 Amex Platinum credit for two bottles of Harvey Nichols champagne, delivered

If you have an American Express Platinum card (Amex Platinum review here), you have a new benefit – £100 per year to spend at Harvey Nichols.

This is split into 2 x £50 credits, one for January to June and one for July to December.

Until 20th February, Harvey Nichols is offering 20% off most of its own brand wine and champagne.

The ‘food and wine’ home page is here.

This link takes you to the own-label champagne. It is reduced to £23.60 per bottle. Put two in your basket and, with UK delivery, it comes to £52.20. After the Amex Platinum credit, it costs you £2.20!

Remember to join the new Harvey Nichols Rewards scheme before ordering. Our article on why you should join Harvey Nichols Rewards is here.

Thanks to Andrew for flagging this in our forum. There is a dedicated thread on the Harvey Nichols / Amex Platinum offer here.

Get a 100% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards points

IHG Rewards has launched a new 100% ‘buy points’ bonus, which is as generous as you ever see.  This is the first time that we have seen a 100% bonus since last October, assuming that everyone is offered the same target.

The maximum number of points you can buy is 300,000 (ie 150,000 plus the 150,000 bonus). 

The page to buy points is here.

With a 100% bonus, you would be able to buy up to 300,000 IHG points for (at current exchange rates for $1,500) £1,105.

I usually value IHG Rewards points at 0.4pYou are paying 0.37p here so from that point of view you shouldn’t lose money. The skill is to use them at hotels where you can get substantially more than 0.4p per point of value, although this got a little harder since IHG moved towards revenue-based redemption pricing recently.

You can buy points via this link. The offer runs to 18th March.

Win Virgin Voyages cruise

Win a Virgin Voyages mini-cruise

Virgin Red is offering you the chance to win one of 10 cabins for two people on the second Virgin Voyages cruise ship, Valiant Lady.

You won’t be heading to the Caribbean, unfortunately. The prize is for a 3-night trip from Portsmouth to Zeebrugge and back, including a day in Zeebrugge itself – or Bruges or Ypres if you want to travel further afield.

There is a choice of travel dates between 18th March and 2nd May. All food and entertainment is included.

The competition runs across Virgin Red, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Money, Virgin Media, Virgin Active, Virgin Holidays, Virgin Experience Days, Virgin StartUp and Virgin Wines, with 65 cabins in total to be given away. If you are a customer of any of these businesses apart from Virgin Red, you will be contacted separately and given an additional chance to enter.

You can enter via the Virgin Red app or go to virg.in/vvcomp. The competition closes on 28 February 2022.

Our two-part in-depth tour of Scarlet Lady, the first Virgin Voyages ship, is here.


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (June 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 Read our full review

You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points

(Want to earn more Virgin Points?  Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

Comments (26)

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  • Deepak Gupta says:

    I have had an Amex Platinum since 1997, along with a BA Amex premium. I also separately subscribe to Times Newspaper. Now my question is if it is worth getting the Amex Platinum Business through my company as £300 of the fees is offset by the cost of the newspaper. And if I do this should I continue to keep the Personal Amex Platinum for personal expenses or surrender it. I have a Virgin Premium MC but I need a Visa/MC for the company – which one should I get for business. Thanks

    • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

      I have the Business Platinum and the Times subscription is definitely a big plus for me! However, as to your question about mixing personal and business expenses on it I think that would be something to steer clear of, if only from an accounting simplicity perspective. You say you want a Visa/MC also for the company and there is plenty in the HfP guide here about the Capital on Tap card :
      https://www.headforpoints.com/the-uk-airline-hotel-business-credit-cards-directory/

      • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

        PS if you decide you also want to continue to collect Amex MRs on personal transactions then you can have any card really, no need to pay the Platinum Personal fee as the benefits are largely duplicated between the two platinum cards, and the earning rate is not even that great. The gold card (free for the first year) gives you the same earning rate plus a bonus if you spend more than £15k. After the free year just get the free Amex Rewards card (see today’s article).
        Don’t forget to have your partner refer you for all these Amex cards too if possible and then they’ll get bonus points too 🙂

        • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

          PPS The annual sub fee for you Business Plat will be deductible in your business too!

  • Louie says:

    Just ordered one bottle of champagne and two of prosecco (I’m a cheapskate when it comes to wine). Exactly £50 then £5 (10%) off from the HN reward scheme plus £5 delivery brings it back to £50 due back from Amex Platinum = totally free. Thanks Rob and Andrew for the tip.

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