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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.

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  2. I’ve just booked a DUB-LHRLGW-LAS-LGW-LHR-DUB for next year BA Business and Virgin UC
    Total of £1284 per person instead of £3449 each with Virgin so a saving of £4K!

    Will fly LHR-DUB as a RFS-£17.50 and 4500 Avios (IIRC)
    No credit card fee-Unlike the 1.5% at Virgin.

    Bargain

  3. Chewyjoint says:

    When I looked at these Virgin fares on the ITA Matrix tool the fare rules suggested that stopovers are allowed in each direction for about 75 Euros. Going out the fare goes up considerably as the UK Business Class departure tax also kicks in but coming back not so bad.

  4. For anyone that’s interested…there are also significant savings to be had booking this way in economy as well as Upper Class. Furthermore, you can leave a big gap between your DUB->LON/MAN leg and your LON/MAN->USA leg. This might not be the very cheapest way to do it but, for me, I can justify taking the wife and kids for a short break in Dublin a few weeks beforehand whereas I can’t justify dragging them over to Dublin just to fly straight back and lose a day or two of our US holiday!

    • So have you booked a separate one way ticket from LON/MAN to DUB, then will take the DUB-LON/MAN leg home then a few weeks later go LON/MAN – USA? That sounds great if you did. Can you also do this on Virgin redemptions or is it only on cash flights?

      • petewally1976 says:

        I haven’t actually booked it but have priced it up several times. It even works in school holdays too. For example (just now done this on Skyscanner):

        One-way Ryanair flight MAN->DUB on 29/5/16 comes in at £18.

        Then use multi-city option and you can get DUB->MAN (1/6/16 to complete your short half-term break), MAN->MCO (31/7/16), MCO->MAN (14/8/16), MAN->DUB (15/8/16) to price up at £606 per adult. So your total is £624. This compares with £1005 for the MAN->MCO return and you are getting a free short break in Ireland (although you’d obviously have to pay for hotel etc for that)!

        This doesn’t price up on as many dates next July/August as it did a few weeks ago when I was looking but they’re still there if you look. I haven’t checked through LON recently but it was working very similar to MAN a while back.

        The only slight problem with this approach is that the final leg out of Manchester leaves the same day as you arrive back from the states which MAY cause a problem with persuading the check-in staff to only check your bag through to MAN rather than DUB. If you only book the 3 legs (don’t book the final leg) the price goes up to £694 (still a very good deal of course). In this particular example there seems to be a solution to book the final leg a day later which is still pricing at £606 but in the past I’ve done that and it has put the price up!

        As for doing this kind of booking with a Virgin points redemption, it’s not something I’ve looked at to be honest, I would think it would be difficult if not impossible!

  5. Iain Lawrie says:

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

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

  6. 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!

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