A quick reminder that Wednesday June 4th is the last day to book yourself a redemption seat in the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club seat sale.
It covers both Economy and Premium Economy seats but not Upper Class unfortunately.
You will save 20% on the standard mileage required.
Virgin taxes on economy redemptions are already lower (by roughly £100) than British Airways. Even without a promotion, the miles required are also lower than Avios for some destinations. A New York seat at normal prices will cost you just 35,000 miles return, compared to 40,000 Avios with BA. With the sale the difference is even more stark.
These are the Economy destinations available in the sale together with the taxes and surcharges required for a return flight:
New York – 28,000 miles + £241
Barbados (Heathrow or Manchester) – 36,000 miles + £239
Delhi – 34,000 miles + £301
Tokyo – 36,000 miles + £280
The Premium Economy destinations are:
New York – 44,000 miles + £403
Jamaica – 56,000 miles + £465
Mumbai – 56,000 miles + £459
Shanghai – 56,000 miles + £495
Dubai – 48,000 miles + £425
Remember that you can book for any time in the next 11 months. There are no date restrictions as long as seats are available.
If you are short of miles, remember that Virgin miles transfer INSTANTLY from American Express Membership Rewards as long as your accounts are already linked. It will take a couple of days if you have not previously linked your accounts. Transfers from Tesco Clubcard are also very fast, usually overnight – the ‘Clubcard to Virgin’ page is here.
You can combine these discounts with a CombiFare. CombiFare is explained in this post, but basically if you can only find a redemption in one direction Virgin will sell you a cash ticket for the other half at a discounted rate.
(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.)