News: no Heathrow tubes over Easter, save £30 on selected Virgin Atlantic US routes
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News in brief:
No London Underground service to Heathrow over Easter
London Underground is planning substantial line closures over Easter for engineering work.
The key one for HfP readers is the closure of the Piccadilly Line between Acton Town and Heathrow from Friday 15th to Monday 18th April.
I couldn’t find any confirmation of whether special buses will run from Acton Town or whether you would need to take existing local buses. (EDIT: there are rail replacement buses – see the comments.)
Heathrow Express and TfL Rail will continue to serve the airport from Paddington.
There will also be a large number of other partial line closures, as well as the total closure of the Hammersmith & City Line for four days.
The full list of upcoming closures can be found here (PDF).
Save £30 on selected Virgin Atlantic economy flights
Virgin Atlantic has launched an economy-only promotion on flights from Heathrow to:
It’s a straightforward deal:
- you must book by 18th April
- you must travel by 30th September (Boston, Washington) or 30th June (Atlanta)
- includes Economy Classic, Delight and Light
- must use promo code ESCVA when booking
- you will save £30 per person
You can book on the Virgin Atlantic site here.
Whilst you need to do the maths, Economy Delight is often good value when you factor in the higher Virgin Points earned and the extra legroom and other benefits – see our article here.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (March 2023)
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 Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review
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 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four 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.
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable 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.
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) 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.)