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Excellent Virgin Atlantic availability to Los Angeles and San Francisco

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Earlier in the month I told you how Virgin Atlantic was cancelling its routes to Cape Town, Tokyo, Mumbai and Vancouver in return for additional flights to North America.

Late last week, Virgin loaded up reward availability for these new services.  As with the new British Airways service to Kuala Lumpur availability is currently excellent.

San Francisco

If you are interested in travelling:

London to Los Angeles (from March 29)

London to San Francisco (from March 29)

…. then it is worth taking a look at the Virgin Atlantic website.  Availability is very good.

For example (this is the position as at 3pm Tuesday), there are 21 days in June 2015 when you can get 2 Upper Class seats from London to Los Angeles – you are looking at the dates with a purple bar underneath the circle:

Virgin Atlantic LA availability

San Francisco also seems fairly open.  The other new Virgin services such as Detroit do not yet seem to be open for booking.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (December 2021)

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, one has a bonus of 15,000 points):

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review

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 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points

(Want to earn more Virgin Points?  Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

Comments (7)

  • Maciek says:

    OT: end of lifetime A3 gold

    • JQ says:

      There was never a lifetime gold. Retaining your status is now just a bit more difficult if you live in the US.

      • Rob says:

        You had to credit, what, one flight every year? Or was it every 3 years? Effectively lifetime.

  • Ironbark says:

    I flew with VS to Sydney last year- I booked Upper Class in February, for travel in May, and there was reward availablility all but 2 days that month. Really disappointed that they cancelled the service, as they’re so much easier to book than BA.

    • Pol says:

      I agree. Just bagged myself 4 upper class rewards in the summer holidays next year. Out to Washington back from Barbados. Had enough miles for either VS or BA but found much better availability with VS to anywhere in the US. Looking forward to my first visit to the clubhouse too.

      • Adey says:

        Me too – got three UC returns LHR/LAX for Easter Hols 2015. Amazed at the availability!


  • Geoggy says:

    Thanks very much Robert – just got 2 UC returns in early July to SFO, courtesy largely of Tesco!

    Have booked a lodge for Yosemite for 2 nights and now looking at SFO hotels! Woo hoo

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