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If you are American and single, Virgin Atlantic wants to help you find love in London

Jan. 31, 2022
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Virgin Atlantic Upper Class. (Photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy)
If you are American and single, Virgin Atlantic wants to help you find love in London
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Virgin Atlantic’s new Valentine’s Day sweepstakes, “Tickets to Love,” offers single Americans the opportunity to fly across the Atlantic in the airline’s Upper Class to find romance in London.

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Virgin Atlantic. (Photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy)

The airline says its own research shows 69% of single Americans are more open to finding love while traveling, and 64% are interested in meeting a Brit. Being Virgin, the airline adds that of the Americans who want to meet a Brit, most say “they find British people more cultured, stylish and well-mannered than Americans.”

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Coming out of the pandemic, adventurous first dates are trending, the airline adds, with 72% of single Americans saying they are more interested in “adventurous first dates” following the pandemic.

To enter the contest, you need to write a compelling story about why you deserve a trip to the U.K. to find long-term love and what kind of romance you are looking for. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 13.

Eight winners will be chosen. Just to be clear though, the airline isn’t giving you a lot of time to find love. You fly from New York’s JFK to London’s Heathrow on March 11 and return on March 13, with an included one-night stay in a single-occupancy room at The Standard London in the King’s Cross neighborhood.

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class. (Photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy)

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In addition to the trip, contest winners will get advice from TV star and dating expert Jared Haibon (“The Bachelorette” and “The Bachelor”), who will be on hand via video at the Virgin Atlantic Airways Clubhouse at JFK before their flight, as well as a love reading from a psychic.

“Dating is hard – harder today than it's ever been – but travel has a way of opening minds and opening hearts, so hopefully we're able to help change the lives of a few singles ready to finally meet their match,” says Haibon in a press release.

“Our new research shows that single Americans agree – they see travel as a way to meet new people, forge meaningful connections and enjoy new experiences as well as reconnect with loved ones,” adds Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer at Virgin Atlantic. “We're looking forward to helping them do just that as they join us in London for what might be the first time – or first time in a long time.”

Featured image by Virgin Atlantic Upper Class. (Photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

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  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
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  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases