As I posted back in July, Virgin has recently lowered the taxes on Economy redemptions. On many routes, eg New York, you will pay over £100 less in taxes per person on a return flight redemption compared to Avios. You also need fewer miles on many routes – that New York seat will cost you 35,000 miles return, compared to 40,000 Avios with BA.
For bookings to the US and Canada made between September 6th and September 20th (so you might – might – be able to transfer Tesco Clubcard points in time to book and get the 30% bonus currently available), the rates are:
Boston – 25,000 miles + £240 tax
Chicago – 25,000 miles + £240 tax
Los Angeles – 25,000 miles + £290 tax
Miami – 25,000 miles + £240 tax
New York – 25,000 miles + £240 tax
Orlando – 25,000 miles + £215 tax
San Francisco – 25,000 miles + £240 tax
Vancouver – 25,000 miles + £260 tax
Washington – 25,000 miles + £240 tax
These truly are good deals for return, economy tickets. You can book as far out as you can find availability. However, Upper Class is NOT available at discounted rates. Upper Class redemptions, and Premium Economy, will require the usual miles.
Even better, Virgin has drastically changed its shocking cancellation policy. See todays other post ….
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