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Virgin launches new reward sale in Economy and Premium Economy

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Virgin Atlantic has launched another 20% off sale for reward seats.

This time, Premium Economy is included as well.  The sale runs until 23rd September.

Virgin Atlantic 350

Virgin taxes on Economy redemptions are lower (by roughly £100) than British Airways although they are roughly similar for Premium Economy.  Following the Avios devaluation in April, you will also need substantially fewer miles than BA for an identical route.

Here are some example prices in both Economy and Premium Economy:

New York – 28,000 miles + £249 / 44,000 miles + £363

Barbados – 36,000 miles + £225 / 56,000 miles + £359

Delhi – 34,000 miles + £293 / 56,000 miles + £407

Hong Kong – 40,000 miles + £328 / 64,000 + £325

You can ALSO travel to Washington, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Orlando, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Antigua, Cuba, Grenada, Montago Bay, St Lucia, Cancun, Tobago, Johannesburg, Lagos, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai.  The taxes and miles needed can be found here.

What is interesting about this sale is that you can book for any time in the next 11 months.  There are no date restrictions as long as seats are available.  Remember that, even with 20% off, not all of these deals necessarily make sense in low season – New York cash tickets would only be £300 in January for example.

You must book before September 23rd.

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.

You cannot do a ‘miles plus money’ redemption for these deals.  It has to be a 100% miles booking.

Virgin is also offering a 20% bonus on purchased miles and a 20% bonus on Miles Booster.  I will look at this in more detail tomorrow.

Full details of the Reward Seat Sale can be found here.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

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):

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Rewards credit card

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 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.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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

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

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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 (50)

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  • Kathy says:

    Just out of interest, does anyone know whether a PE seat booked in a sale can later be upgraded to Upper Class using miles? And if so, how much it costs to upgrade it?

    • Amy says:

      Yes you can. You will be charged the difference in miles, taxes and charges.

      • Kathy says:

        Is the difference in miles based on the PE sale price or the standard PE miles price?

        e.g. New York: 80, 000 – 44,000 = 36,000 or do they just take it as the difference between PE and Upper Class 80,000 – 55, 000 = 25,000.

  • fbrj says:

    O/T – (apologies but relevant thread is several days old) – Raffles have you heard any more from your Amex contact re Accor Plat through Amex Plat? This is of particular interest to me as my Accor Plat expires on 31st Oct and my Amex Plat also renews in October. I have just booked 3 Sofitel stays in Cambodia, for November and should get the 3x points promotion, plus the 11,500 pts promotion too! However, the upgrade of rooms, Club floor access and the 3x pts promotion are dependant on my Accor Plat status still being valid (ie renewed!)

    • Rob says:

      No, silence so far.

      • Sebastian says:

        I hope this gets clarified soon, Accor Plat is my only reason for keeping the card, as the lounge access in Sofitel is well worthwhile. If that goes I am done unless the do something like SPG platinum to replace it.

    • Louise says:

      My husband has just retained accor platinum, and we only stayed one time this past year.
      He hasn’t had the platinum card for 2 years

      • fbrj says:

        Thanks Louise – I’ve had accor plat (through amex plat) for nearly 2 yrs but have had 16 nights in the last 11 months……fingers crossed!

  • chris says:

    OT, but does anyone know why I would be able to see a MilesAAver award on for a BA flight on Ba metal but cannot see the same availability on I always thought the sAAver tickets were the same fare bucket as BA uses for award availability?

    • Rob says:

      Probably wobbles. If you ring the call centre they may well be able to pull it up, unless it is AA showing phantom seats.

      • chris says:

        thanks, I don’t want to call up yet because I need to find an acceptable open-jaw itinerary because sadly there is no availability on AA or BA coming back

  • pauldb says:

    OT – Emirates have belatedly put some football games up for redemption on their website – don’t think they were there a few days ago. Lower demand Arsenal games still 20k for exec boxes (appears the Spurs game was at this level amazingly, but sold out). I can’t see how much is available as I just cleared out my account of 40k orphan service-recovery miles.

    • Rob says:

      Thanks Paul, off to redeem!

    • Michael says:

      Does anyone know if those football ticket redemption’s are resell-able?

      • Rob says:

        No – you MUST provide photo ID when you collect in the name of the person you named when you booked. It would only work if you pre-sold it before you booked it.

        • cheekychappie says:

          Not too far away from my novel way to hit spend targets 🙂

          Got one maturing in November (my date mistake but part of the learning curve).

          My first one was amazing.

          • cheekychappie says:

            Just checked my November Amex investment and even after fees I have doubled my money already – it’s going up steadily week by week and not a share/ stock etc that might go down as well, ie it will (almost but not quite certainly) only go up from now on given the demand.

            Talking turkey, I only invested £500 this time but it could have been a lot more, certainly has its limits, though – or you’d attract attention. Still in test mode.

            Perfectly legal, I checked it all out.

            The skill is probably what you decide to buy, since you will sell it on down the line. But I reckon a middle-of-the-road approach would generally work fine.

            All electronic so nothing physical to send.

  • Joe says:

    I had an existing economy one way redemption from Miami booked in economy. Looked and saw that prem was available in the sale but I was 1010 miles short. Although my Amex account wasn’t linked the transfer happened instantly! A quick call to Virgin and I’m now in prem :-). Did on existing booking and wasn’t charged a change fee (not sure if that’s cause I’m vs gold due to a little red hop and status match)…

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