For reasons not entirely clear, Virgin Atlantic will experiment next Summer with a very restricted service from Belfast and Glasgow.
From Belfast, Virgin will be flying to Orlando. It will fly a grand total of six times – Thursday 25 June and then every Thursday in July.
On the off chance that this timetable suits your holiday plans, you will find yourself on a 3-class Boeing 747. There are only 16 Upper Class seats so the chances of more than a couple being available for redemptions is not great. One upside if you can find a seat is the lower (ie £0) APD rate in Northern Ireland.
The second route is even odder.
A Glasgow to Las Vegas service will launch on September 10th 2015. It will fly a grand total of eight times, ending in October, using the same 747.
Again, it will only be a weekly service departing on a Thursday. I’m not sure I have ever met anyone who went to Las Vegas for an entire week, but you could build in some sightseeing around it.
To add to the oddness of these routes, remember that Virgin Little Red does not fly to Belfast or Glasgow – only to Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Manchester. This means that there is not even a convenient ‘all Virgin’ option if you don’t want to stay away a full week and end up flying home via Heathrow instead.
As I said, all very strange. This feels like a throwback to the ‘old Virgin’ before Delta took its 49% stake and started making some rational decisions such as ditching Sydney.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (June 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):
You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
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