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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.

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.

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 (September 2023)

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):

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER TO 2ND OCTOBER) and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four 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.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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)

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  • 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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