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.
Here is an example for next month, flying Dublin to Miami in Upper Class:
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:
Here is a £1,100 Upper Class fare to Las Vegas. Note that this connects to the Manchester service and not through Heathrow:
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 (December 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):
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into 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.)