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How to book cheap Virgin Atlantic tickets from Dublin

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I’ve spent quite a bit of time over recent months highlighting attractive British Airways Club World fares from various starting points across Europe.

What is discussed less often is that Virgin Atlantic has a history of selling very cheap Upper Class tickets out of Dublin.

Don’t try to look for these deals on the Virgin Atlantic website.  Dublin is not an option in the dropdown menu!  You need to go over to Expedia, Opodo etc.

Here is an example for next month, flying Dublin to Miami in Upper Class:

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Miami

Ignore the British Airways logo above.  That only appears because the Dublin to Heathrow legs book onto a British Airways service.

The long haul legs from Heathrow to Miami are in Virgin Atlantic Upper Class.  You are paying just £980 return.

I could only get these deals to price for US destinations.  I had no luck with sub-£1,000 pricing to Dubai, Johannesburg etc.

Here is £1,091 to New York in January.  This involves flying Economy on Aer Lingus to and from Dublin:

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class New York

Here is a £1,100 Upper Class fare to Las Vegas.  Note that this connects to the Manchester service and not through Heathrow:

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Las Vegas

This is something to bear in mind next time you are planning a trip to the US.  Remember that, whilst you won’t receive hotel loyalty points for hotel rooms booked on Expedia, this does not apply to airlines.  You receive the same miles and tier credit however you book.

I really must sort out an Upper Class review flight this year as I haven’t flown it in a l-o-n-g time – you can find out more about Upper Class on the Virgin website here.


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (May 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, one has a bonus of 30,000 points until 6th June 2022):

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 points bonus (SPECIAL OFFER) 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 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points:

American Express Amex Gold

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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Virgin Points, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) 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 (85)

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  • Iain Lawrie says:

    Don’t know where you find these deals – nowhere to be found on Exoedia or Opodo as suggested.

    • Wally says:

      I usually price them up using Multi-city on Skyscanner but it always uses eBooker as the agent.

  • Travelbear says:

    Doing dub-Lhr-sfo this weekend so I’ll report on the whole upper class Craic:-)
    Benefits of living in n.ireland earning stg but able to drive to dub and get great deals on j fares!

    • Polly says:

      Hi Travelbear, a question really if you live in ire. My coz and sis desperate to get into this avios thingy,. I just cannot find a way for them to earn extra avios ie tesco etc their clubcard doesn’t earn them. Amex not accepted many places outside dub, they live in Meath….just how do you get your avios apart from flying that is, if you earn them that way. Any help much appreciated. Thanks

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