Virgin Flying Club launches its own Reward Seat Sale – 25% off all seats

Almost certainly not coincidentally, Virgin Atlantic has gatecrashed the Avios sale with own January reward sale.

Almost all economy routes are reduced by 25%.  And, apart from Easter and the Summer school holiday period, you can book for any point you want over the next 355 days.

Virgin sale

Here are the rules:

Book by 27 January

No travel between 4 April  – 21 April and 16 July – 2 September (so OK for the rest of the next year!)

Economy travel only

Grenada and Tobago excluded

All other routes, including Little Red, included

100% miles redemptions only (no ‘Miles Plus Money’)

Can be combined with the Virgin credit card upgrade vouchers to Premium Economy

Open jaw flights (ie fly to San Francisco, come back from Los Angeles) OK

Virgin taxes on economy redemptions are already lower (by roughly £100) than British Airways for economy redemptions.  Even without a promotion, the miles required are also lower than Avios for some destinations (a New York seat will cost you 35,000 miles return, compared to 40,000 Avios with BA.).

Here is a sample of charges for Economy flights from London on Virgin Atlantic using miles, WITHOUT knocking off the 25% discount:

New York £241 (British Airways: £355) 35,000 miles (40,000 Avios)

Barbados £237 (British Airways: £329) 45,000 miles (50,000 Avios)

Las Vegas £213 (British Airways: £353) 42,500 miles (50,000 Avios)

Johannesburg £362 (British Airways: £397) 50,000 miles (50,000 Avios)

Dubai £243 (British Airways: £335) 38,500 miles (40,000 Avios)

This sale is therefore pretty aggressive.  A return to New York will cost you 26,250 Virgin Flying Club miles compared to 40,000 Avios.  The taxes will be £241, saving £114 over BA.

Remember that Virgin also has a few departures from Manchester, so this sale is especially interesting if you live in northern England.

Because of the two week booking period, there is plenty of time to convert some Tesco Clubcard vouchers to Virgin Flying Club if necessary.  The conversion rate is 625 per £2.50 voucher, so a little higher than the Avios rate.  You can also convert American Express Membership Rewards points to Virgin – these go across INSTANTLY as long as your Amex and Virgin accounts are already linked.

You can learn more about redeeming on Virgin Atlantic in this post I published last week.  Don’t forget that there is also a big bonus on the Virgin Atlantic credit cards at the moment.

(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles? Click here to see recent articles on Virgin Atlantic, Little Red and Flying Club, and click here for the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

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Comments

  1. Thought I saw something about purchases and transferring of points earning a 25% bonus as well?

    • But the good news doesn’t stop there. You’ll also get a 25% bonus** if you top up your account with Buy Miles, Transfer Miles, Gift Miles or Miles Booster by 10 February 2014. So your dream ticket could be closer than ever. From world class shopping in New York and Dubai to the tropical climates of Barbados and Mumbai – where will you go?

    • There is, I have split it into 2 posts

  2. Trading Standards will be on their way soon!! Title says “25% off all seats”. Rules state “Economy travel only” and to make matters even worse the text is actually correct which states that “almost all economy routes”.

  3. Good promo for those already holding the miles. However, I would think twice before transferring other points in because flyers could be left with a bitter taste in their mouth if there is snother 50% transfer bonus soon. Disappointing that neither BA or Virgin have offered abything on premium seat redemptions.

    • True, if you are converting in from Clubcard with a 25% bonus (which they did last Spring) then it wouldn’t make any difference.

  4. Planning a NYC trip for Jan 2015, this promo misses my dates by a few weeks!

  5. “Virgin taxes on economy redemptions are already lower (by roughly £100) than British Airways for economy redemptions.”

    Maybe it has been explained in one of the countless previous items on HFP or reader’s comments and I missed it, but could you please tell me why there are (sometimes huge) differences between these taxes (same route, different taxes)? If they are imposed by governments/authorities they should apply to all airlines, so are some airlines simply not passing them on to their customers (which seems hard to imagine)?

    • Trickster says:

      Not all of the taxes and charges are government imposed; fuel surcharges for example. Virgin have chosen to reduce their charges and/or take a hit on taxes themselves to encourage take up of economy redemptions. Much like BA have done with their short haul RFS redemption offering.

    • Its a commercial decision to make economy redemptions more attractive. Upper Class taxes are the same as BA Club World.

  6. I make that still £210 tesco vouchers plus £482 in tax , which is nearly £700. Based on 2 people. You can buy the same ticket on ba for a little over 400 each and earn a lot of avios. If silver or gold. Plus lounge access . And tier points. So not much of a saving for me personally. However for someone with non ba status with tesco points or virgin miles just wanting a redemption then its a good thing.

    • I suppose it depends on how you earnt the £210 Tesco vouchers

      (I get your point though) :)

      • But it’s still worth a minimum of £210 as you can always buy wine, food, or pretty much anything in any tesco store.

  7. 1967stuart says:

    I have nearly enough miles for 4 upper class one way flights Heathow to JFK and will be buying the additional miles (few hundred pounds only with the 25% miles purchase bonus helping a bit)) for a family holiday in August.

    As I have never travelled first class and assumng that availability / flight time was not an issue, would welcome any HFP readers views on which are the better plane to fly on Virgin Upper (747-400 or A340-600 / A340-330

    Thanks

    • Virgin doesn’t offer First class, Upper is equivalent to business

    • Avoid A340-330 at all cost, you only have a 1 in 4 chance of getting on demand IFE, most A343s still have a loop system

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