Offer: Earn up to 26,000 Virgin miles & shopping bonus + up to 40,000 Intercontinental bonus


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Earn up to 26,000 Virgin miles

If you collect Virgin miles then it worth looking at what offers Virgin Money have if you are considering a savings account or insurance etc. Their latest offer is for taking out a new Virgin Money Life Insurance Policy before 15 January 2020. This could earn you up to 26,000 miles. To qualify, simply input your Flying Club number in your application and make a minimum of six consecutive monthly payments. You won’t get the miles in a hurry though – they take up to 60 days from your sixth consecutive monthly premium payment to be credited to your Flying Club account.

The amount of miles relates to how much your monthly premium is as follows: 

You need to apply before 10:00am on 15 January 2020 to qualify. 

You can find the offer page here. 


Virgin miles shopping bonus

Bicester village

If you enjoy a bit of outlet shopping, you are probably familiar with Bicester Village which is one of my favourite outlets in the UK.  Bicester is just 46 minutes by train from London Marylebone or 14 minutes from Oxford. It houses more than 160 boutiques of world-famous fashion, lifestyle and jewellery brands, with savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price.

With Virgin Flying Club you can earn miles there and at any of their other European outlets. You can earn 1 mile per £1/€1 spent in Bicester Village or any of The Bicester Village Shopping Collection® Villages:

  • Kildare Village, Dublin
  • La Vallée Village, Paris
  • Wertheim Village, Frankfurt
  • Ingolstadt Village, Munich
  • Maasmechelen Village, Brussels
  • Fidenza Village, Milan
  • La Roca Village, Barcelona
  • Las Rozas Village, Madrid

To claim your Flying Club miles, simply take your shopping receipts and membership card to the Village Information Centre. Flying Club members may also claim their miles retrospectively by submitting their full name, contact details, Flying Club membership number and scanned copies of their shopping receipts by email to [email protected]

There are currently also bonus miles to be had – earn 2,000 Flying Club miles when you spend over £500 at Bicester before 17th October 2019.


Intercontinental Hotels bonus – register now!

Intercontinental Danang

If you are likely to do any InterContinental hotel stays this autumn you will probably want to sign up for the latest promotion with IHG Rewards Club. It also may be of interest if you have been considering joining the IC Ambassador program. Fortunately, I have a very nice stay planned at the Intercontinental Danang in Vietnam, so I will be taking full advantage of the offer as I am also an Ambassador member. 

The offer is to get 3,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points on up to five InterContinental cash stays between 26 September and 30 November 2019. To get the bonus points you need to register via this page. 

The more interesting part of the offer is that if you sign up for InterContinental Ambassador ($200), you will receive 10,000 additional bonus IHG points. Plus new InterContinental Ambassador members also get 6,000 bonus points instead of 3,000 extra bonus points for each stay in the offer. If you completed all 5 nights and joined as a new Ambassador member you could get a maximum bonus of 40,000 IHG Rewards Club points! To get the 10,000 points for joining Ambassador you must join between 1 September and 30 November 2019 via the special page. 

But what is InterContinental Ambassador?

If you are not familiar InterContinental Ambassador is a paid-for loyalty program which I personally recommend if you are doing a weekend stay of at least 2 nights somewhere expensive. This is because they offer a free second night at a weekend. The cost is $200 for a year, so if your hotel costs more than $200 a night it is well worth doing. You then get all the other benefits for nothing and save some money on your second night too.

The main benefits are:

  • Guaranteed one category room upgrade
  • Extended 4pm check-out
  • Complimentary weekend night
  • Dedicated check-in area
  • Welcome fruit platter for every stay
  • Complimentary mineral water
  • Complimentary Internet
  • Platinum Elite status in IHG® Rewards Club
  • Up to US $20 restaurants & bars credit for every stay (can be used in certain bars/restaurants and mini bar
  •  E-delivery of complimentary weekend night certificate which entitles you to a free second weekend night when you pay for one weekend night
  • Additional benefits for stays in Greater China only:
    • One complimentary breakfast every night you stay
    • 15% discount on restaurants and bars

You need to join Ambassador via this link to get the bonus. 

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