Clarity on BA’s extension announcement
After BA’s earlier announcement about extending status, there were a number of questions left unanswered. Here are the answers I received from BA:
- Do you still require 5,000 to qualify initially for GGL?
Yes, the threshold is still in place. A member must earn 5000 Tier Points in one membership year to upgrade to Gold Guest List and 3000 each subsequent membership year thereafter to retain Gold Guest List status, but there is a 25% reduction in these thresholds until June 2022. Once you have gained GGL you will have access to the Concorde Room even if you renew at 3,000 points
- The extension of the 25% off tier points until 30 June 2022 is confusing. If you have a tier points expiry of 8 September 22 for example, does that mean you won’t get any reduction or that the reduction applies until 22 June then returns to normal until 8 September?
The 25% threshold reductions currently apply to those with a Tier Point collection end date before 30 June 2022.
- Are the changes to GGL CCR access permanent? And the pre-flight dining?
These changes are not temporary, however, BA will always review customer benefits to make sure they’re suitable. So yes in so far as anything is permanent in these types of announcements.
- Will I be able to take a guest to the Concorde Room as a 3,000 tier point GGL member?
Yes you will be able to take on guest into the CCR.
- My Gold Upgrade vouchers and some other people’s GUFs have been extended 6 months but the article doesn’t give details about this?
BA is denying this and saying it was done in February when everyone got 6 months extra. However, a number of people including myself recently got 6-month extensions on those due to expire in 2020.
Virgin Atlantic’s new credit card offer
Virgin Atlantic has introduced a new offer for customers signing up for its Virgin Money credit card.
I think the product is a good deal and I have one myself. You can earn rewards such as seat upgrades, companion vouchers and even gain access to the airline’s famous Clubhouses. The other benefits are the generous earning rates (1.5 points per £1 for the paid version), the fact that it is a Mastercard that’s accepted almost everywhere, and the fact that Virgin points never expire. You can read more here.
Virgin are now also offering cashback like Amex on various spending venues. Current examples are 15% off buy a gift, 7% off P&O Ferries, 5% off Amazon for the paid card.
Customers opting for the Rewards card will receive 2,000 bonus points for a £500 spend within 90 days of opening an account. Those choosing the Rewards + card will receive 15,000 points when spending £3,000 within the first 90 days. The rewards + offer is in addition to the 15,000 bonus points you receive when making your first purchase within the first 90 days.
To benefit from the enhanced offer, customers need to link their Flying Club number to their credit card by 6th January 2022.
Customers will need to open their Virgin Atlantic Credit Card by 15th October to take advantage of the enhanced offer.
- Representative 22.9% APR (variable) Terms apply
- Virgin Money is a trading name of Clydesdale Bank PLC