After substantial delays (we first wrote about it in 2021) Virgin Hotels Glasgow is finally opening.
Set on Clyde Street it will have 242 rooms, a ‘Commons Club’ restaurant and a cafe. Many rooms will have panoramic views of the river – see above.
Reservations are now being taken from 24th July. Pricing over the summer starts at £280 per night which seems punchy, but let’s see.
Virgin Hotels has surprised us. I was at the launch event for Virgin Hotels Edinburgh earlier this year (although it actually opened in 2022) and Rhys was at the opening of Virgin Hotels New York City. Anyone expecting a ‘W’-style hotel will be disappointed – these are classy, sophisticated hotels to which we would happily return.
The benefits you get as a Virgin Flying Club elite member at Virgin Hotels are outlined here. For odd reasons the UK hotels are excluded from earning Virgin Points.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 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):
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.
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.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
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