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  • mkcol 56 posts

    I’m tracking this as well. We went on a VV Barcelona cruise for 95k points in 2022 and loved it so much we took up the on-board MNVV offer and paid for the greek islands “mermaiden”cruise last year, which was just as good. We have another MNVV to use now and waiting to see if the points offer comes back (maybe April/May). If it does we plan to treat our siblings and take a larger group. It’s an amazing ship, great food, wonderful staff and very different vibe to other cruise lines we’ve been on.

    I’m still hopeful the offer will come back – as another data point, we have several friends who work for airlines (not Virgin) and have access to the Touchdown discount travel portal, apparently VV are offering some heavily discounted deals there if you qualify. I guess VV think they’ll make the discount back from the extra loot spend 🙂

    Talking of Touchdown (so many great fares from them when I was airline & retail travel agent staff!) – does anyone know of an equivalent to Touchdown for railway staff but for non rail employees?

    captaindave 113 posts

    Touchdown looks interesting…..

    Currently work for JET2, but not airport related – think ill give them a call, see if im eligible.

    Stephen 52 posts

    Booked with Touchdown today

    ADRIATIC SEA & GREEK Gems – June 16th – 7 nights

    Sea Terrace room

    £1168.00 (payable direct to Virgin Voyages)+ £89.00 (payable to Touchdown)

    They put your details into Virgin Voyages and you get an email where you can log into and make payment. Need to make payment within 24 hours

    It has automatically linked to my Virgin Voyages status account, so showing up as 100 USD bar tab and the usual status benefits

    We went for it as wasn’t sure if they’ll be bringing back the Virgin Points offer this year

    hugh1972 2 posts

    Booked with Touchdown today

    ADRIATIC SEA & GREEK Gems – June 16th – 7 nights

    Sea Terrace room

    £1168.00 (payable direct to Virgin Voyages)+ £89.00 (payable to Touchdown)

    They put your details into Virgin Voyages and you get an email where you can log into and make payment. Need to make payment within 24 hours

    It has automatically linked to my Virgin Voyages status account, so showing up as 100 USD bar tab and the usual status benefits

    We went for it as wasn’t sure if they’ll be bringing back the Virgin Points offer this year

    Yes, that’s the range of discount my friends got on Touchdown, well under half normal price to regular customers. It seems a smart strategy on a couple of fronts ? VV likely have excess inventory so this clears some of it. They also know they have a great product which touchdown travel/airline insiders will appreciate and spread the word on how good it is.

    I’m still hoping they have enough excess to offer the points again. I’d guess they get a good take up of follow-up revenue bookings via MNVV or other offers to convert points buyers to revenue passengers in the future. They likely have a lot of data on that now too, so might target it to groups more likely to convert ?

    Rhys
    HfP Staff
    190 posts
    paul-uk 107 posts

    IF you are in the travel trade, are retired from (many jobs) in the travel trade or have a relative in (most jobs) in the travel trade then sign up for Interline Rates at VacationsToGo.

    They are an American company but have a UK phone number if you need to speak with them (they only take payment by phone). I have found them to be excellent.

    In many instances VTG are better than Touchdown – and unlike Touchdown who hold your funds in a client account, VTG send it straight to the cruise line.

    The benefit here is many options (like dining reservations) are only available after final payment – so if VTG send that money faster than Touchdown, you will have better access to onboard bookings.

    Stephen 52 posts

    IF you are in the travel trade, are retired from (many jobs) in the travel trade or have a relative in (most jobs) in the travel trade then sign up for Interline Rates at VacationsToGo.

    They are an American company but have a UK phone number if you need to speak with them (they only take payment by phone). I have found them to be excellent.

    In many instances VTG are better than Touchdown – and unlike Touchdown who hold your funds in a client account, VTG send it straight to the cruise line.

    The benefit here is many options (like dining reservations) are only available after final payment – so if VTG send that money faster than Touchdown, you will have better access to onboard bookings.

    Anyone managed to sign up with VacationsToGo and get interline rates for working within travel industry but not airline crew?

    ZoeB 95 posts

    For anyone who has ended a cruise in Miami. What did you do after being kicked off the boat? Either fly home that afternoon / evening? If so how did you spend you day, what did you do with your luggage? Or did you stay overnight to fly home the next day?
    Thanks in advance

    Stephen 52 posts

    For those with US MR cards, American Express USA and Chase USA are featuring a 30% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

    Peeps 30 posts

    Has anyone received their access code yet for this promotion? Thanks!

    Jess 36 posts

    For anyone who has ended a cruise in Miami. What did you do after being kicked off the boat? Either fly home that afternoon / evening? If so how did you spend you day, what did you do with your luggage? Or did you stay overnight to fly home the next day?
    Thanks in advance

    There is a bus company by the dock that takes you on an open top bus tour of the city and surrounding area and then drops you at the airport later. I can’t remember the name of the company but they were easy to spot.

    connor.muir@mail.com 11 posts

    Has anyone received their access code yet for this promotion? Thanks!

    Had 2 for the 160k point promotion just after midnight today but no sign of the 120k one I booked first that goes in 2 weeks of course.

    Peeps 30 posts

    Has anyone received their access code yet for this promotion? Thanks!

    Had 2 for the 160k point promotion just after midnight today but no sign of the 120k one I booked first that goes in 2 weeks of course.

    Always the way! Good luck with receiving it soon!

    paul-uk 107 posts

    For anyone who has ended a cruise in Miami. What did you do after being kicked off the boat? Either fly home that afternoon / evening? If so how did you spend you day, what did you do with your luggage? Or did you stay overnight to fly home the next day?
    Thanks in advance

    You can book a Day Room in a hotel with pool etc http://www.dayrooms.com

    They usually offer 6hr blocks but some will offer longer.

    There are several Day Tour operators (viator.com) who can take your luggage too and they drop off at the airport.

    You can get the Hop-On Hop-Off tour buses but check in advance they accept luggage – you can do 1 or 2 of those routes and easily occupy 2-3 hours.

    rjenkins00 17 posts

    Anyone else still waiting on access code? I did the 160k one Thurs evening?

    Peeps 30 posts

    Anyone else still waiting on access code? I did the 160k one Thurs evening?

    I did mine on Thursday evening and it came through at 5pm yesterday. Fingers crossed that yours will arrive this morning!

    Dragonlady 43 posts

    Anyone else still waiting on access code? I did the 160k one Thurs evening?

    I did mine on Thursday evening and it came through at 5pm yesterday. Fingers crossed that yours will arrive this morning!

    Family member did it Wednesday evening and it arrived yesterday evening so just shy of 48 hrs .It all seems to be a bit random !

    Super Secret Stuff 365 posts

    What’s everyone doing for flights for the Miami cruises? Can’t see any decent offers other than out of Dublin!

    pbcold 351 posts

    I paid on Thursday and the code has just arrived.

    lordy 54 posts

    I’ve recently done a status match to VV, who gave me Blue perks, is there any advantage of us both status matching or is one enough.

    Seems like they no longer give Deep Blue Perks as status match.

    To confirm its for use on a cash not points cruise. Thanks

    Roberto 297 posts

    I’ve recently done a status match to VV, who gave me Blue perks, is there any advantage of us both status matching or is one enough.

    Seems like they no longer give Deep Blue Perks as status match.

    To confirm its for use on a cash not points cruise. Thanks

    We both matched.. we both got the $100 and we both got the free coffees however we only got one bag of laundry.

    We did match to DBE before Xmas.

    lordy 54 posts

    I’ve recently done a status match to VV, who gave me Blue perks, is there any advantage of us both status matching or is one enough.

    Seems like they no longer give Deep Blue Perks as status match.

    To confirm its for use on a cash not points cruise. Thanks

    We both matched.. we both got the $100 and we both got the free coffees however we only got one bag of laundry.

    We did match to DBE before Xmas.

    Yep, looks like offer changed last month. $10pn of coffee is better than nothing I suppose.

    Thanks

    ZoeB 95 posts

    Looks like we have been assigned deck 14 on out Barcelona to Miami trip. It seems that I would be better asking to be moved a bit lower down the ship. We have a Central Sea Terrace, where would you pick to move it too? Thanks in advance

    jek 123 posts

    Is there a way to pay the Bar Tap in USD instead of GBP? Virgin’s conversion is weak.

    Ana 1 post

    I am booked in the Aegean cruise departing on 14th July if anybody else is also booked. It will be the first time for us and We are keen to book the restaurants, at what time do they open for bookings on the first day?

    We have also bid for an upgrade at the lower end of the range, do they leave to the last minute to tell if you have been successful? Part of the attraction was to book the restaurants ahead of everyone else, if they leave to last minute it becomes less valuable for us.

    Any tips for booking other things like spa….

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