Virgin has occasional economy redemption sales where you can save 25% on a flight. However, this sale is offering mileage discounts of up to 40%!
Participating destinations are priced at a flat 25,000 miles return plus £249 of taxes and charges.
These rates are cheaper than comparable Avios redemptions at off-peak periods – and substantially cheaper than ‘peak period’ Avios redemptions. Taxes on Virgin Atlantic are also, in economy, far lower than on British Airways.
Even better, this sale coincides with the current 20% transfer bonus on Tesco Clubcard vouchers to Virgin Atlantic.
Here are the rules:
Book by 20th May
No restriction on travel dates – you can book up to 11 months ahead
The following routes are included: Boston, New York JFK, Washington, Chicago, Atlanta (from Heathrow and Manchester), Detroit, Miami
Tax is fixed at £249 per person (£222 from Manchester to Atlanta)
100% miles redemptions only (no ‘Miles Plus Money’)
Open jaw flights (ie fly to New York, come back from Boston) OK as long as both destinations are in the sale
Virgin taxes on economy redemptions are lower (by roughly £100) than British Airways for economy redemptions.
This is what you would pay for a similar Avios redemption. Remember that all of the Virgin routes cost 25,000 miles + £249 in taxes and charges:
New York JFK – 26,000 Avios off-peak / 40,000 peak + £338
Boston – 26,000 Avios off-peak / 40,000 peak + £338
Washington – 26,000 Avios off-peak / 40,000 peak + £338
Chicago – 26,000 Avios off-peak / 40,000 peak + £338
Atlanta – 33,000 Avios off-peak / 50,000 peak + £338
Detroit – not a BA route
Miami – 33,000 Avios off-peak / 50,000 peak + £338
This sale is pretty good. A return to New York will cost you 25,000 Virgin Flying Club miles compared to peak Avios pricing of 40,000 Avios. The taxes will be £246, saving £108 per person over BA.
It does not specifically mention whether these sale tickets can be combined with the Virgin credit card upgrade vouchers to Premium Economy, but that is not normally a problem.
Because of the two week booking period, there is plenty of time to convert some Tesco Clubcard vouchers to Virgin Flying Club if necessary. There is currently a 20% bonus of Clubcard conversions so the rate is 300 miles per £1 of Tesco voucher.
You can also convert American Express Membership Rewards points to Virgin – these go across INSTANTLY as long as your Amex and Virgin accounts are already linked.
Virgin is also offering a 20% bonus if you buy Flying Club miles via this link before June 3rd. If you are a few thousand short then this is also an option.
There is also a 20% bonus on ‘Miles Booster’ which I will look at in a day or so.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (July 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):
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:
(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.)