Not content with providing more than 640,000 guest rooms worldwide, at the end of last year our Flying Club partner InterContinental Hotels Group released a free Concierge iPad app, which allows current and future guests to mine the collective wisdom and experiences of "Insider" Concierge teams in more than 140 destinations.
And just to be extra helpful, the app also includes unique interactive maps, destination videos, itinerary suggestions and helpful tips on what to pack and what to leave behind, along with detailed information about each property.
The lowdown: live
Even better, if you have an Apple device that supports face-time, you can take the experience one step further.
As of last week, travellers can now chat live with Concierge teams in ten properties around the globe - New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, London, Dubai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Bali - so whether you're planning a trip or you're already in town, you'll be able to get unparalleled access to local attractions, cultural events and insider travel tips.
If that's not enough to motivate you into travel mode, we're thrilled to announce that Flying Club members can now earn double miles from any of InterContinental Hotel Group's 4,500 hotels around the world - this includes InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites. Full details of how to earn can be found on the Flying Club pages of our website.
And while we're at it, here's a few of our very favourite hotels in the collection - so what are you waiting for?
Washington, D.C. - The Willard
The Willard, self-proclaimed Crown Jewel of Pennsylvania Avenue, has been at the very heart of social and political life in Washington since it first opened its doors in 1818.
Hong Kong - The Grand Stanford
Centrally located in Kowloon, the Grand Stanford offers incredible views of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour from its guest rooms.
New York - The Barclay
Right in the heart of midtown Manhattan, the sophisticated Barclay is perfectly placed for Carnegie Hall, Times Square, Rockefeller Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Sydney - InterContinental Sydney
Situated at the edge of the world's most beautiful harbour, the hotel is minutes from the Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the ferries from Circular Quay.
If you're not yet a member of our seriously rewarding Flying Club programme, now would be a great time to join. The more times you fly with us, the more tier points you'll earn, speeding you through Flying Club Red, to Silver and up to Gold. And it's not just Virgin Atlantic you can earn points with. We've teamed up with a wide range of partners, which means you have even more ways to boost your balance or book rewards, whatever kind of traveller you are.
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About the author: MaxineMaxine Sheppard
Maxine is the editor of the Virgin Atlantic blog. Travel and music are her joint first loves, and despite having written for Virgin for more years than she cares to remember she still loves nothing more than jumping on a plane in search of new sights and new sounds.