East Coast Rewards had closed completely on 30 September 2015 which was the final day redemptions could be made. As our guide explained once you redeemed for free travel you had six months to book travel and travel could be three months ahead of booking meaning rewards travel was still available up until the end of June 2016.
Virgin Trains East Coast has been in the press a lot over the last week or so mainly because of so-called 'Traingate' where Richard Branson released CCTV footage of Jeremy Corbyn and to a much lesser extent September's fare rises and changes to off-peak validity.
After posting my previous blog post about Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) posting CCTV footage of Jeremy Corbyn walking past empty seats I have been accused of being a Corbynite. I'd like to now further clarify my position.
UPDATE: a clarification has been posted here.
At the moment we have the bizarre issue of Jeremy Corbyn being filmed sitting on the floor of a Virgin Trains East Coast service and using that as a case for nationalisation.
At the time I thought this wasn't his best idea. All the trains on the East Coast fleet originate from the British Rail days and suddenly nationalising the railway won't make extra seats appear.
It's been a while since I've taken a flight anywhere so I thought it's time to fly London to Newcastle.
A recent (now deleted) tweet from National Rail Enquiries said during a recent incident where the east coast mainline was blocked:
#Stevenage Virgin Trains East Coast passengers are no longer permitted to use Virgin Train [sic] services
This is because Virgin Trains is the name of the operator of the west coast mainline and owns virgintrains.co.uk and @VirginTrains - it is operated by the Virgin Rail Group which is 51% owned by Virgin and 49% by Stagecoach.
Nectar is running an offer for 50% off advance fares between London & Doncaster or Leeds on Virgin Trains East Coast. Good news is you don't have to be a Nectar cardholder to benefit. Read on...
It's not really news now as it was announced a few days ago but the new owners of Homebase have decided to pull out of the Nectar scheme at the end of the year. If they withdraw from the scheme successfully that could see others pull out too.
There's signs currently in stores saying that it will be no longer possible to earn or spend points in stores after 31 December 2016.
Beam is a video on demand service for both Virgin Trains East Coast and West Coast accessible via an iOS or Android app for both mobiles and tablets.
Sainsbury's Bank Travel Money has a Nectar offer even more insulting than Virgin Trains East Coast. Convert £800 of money and earn 25p in points.