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Virgin Atlantic reward seat sale now on

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Since I have had numerous emails asking about this recently, I thought this was worth an extra article.

A full analysis will follow tomorrow.

Virgin Atlantic has launched its semi-regular Reward Seat Sale.

Economy and Premium Economy routes are reduced by 30%.

New York, for example, is just 24500 miles return instead of 35000.

No discount on taxes or Upper Class, however.

You can book as far in advance as you want.

At the time of writing there is no branding on the website but the fares are already reduced.  Pop over to the Virgin website and take a look.

Remember that transfers of American Express Membership Rewards points to Virgin are INSTANTANEOUS as long as the accounts are already linked.  You will also get a 20% bonus on Tesco Clubcard conversions at the moment as I explained here.


HFP Virgin Atlantic Rewards credit card

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 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 30,000 Points until 15th October 2021):

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending 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:

Nectar American Express

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

Until 2nd November 2021, there is a special offer on The Platinum Card from American Express.

You will receive a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points which converts into 60,000 Virgin Points.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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 (24)

  • Lumma says:

    Any idea how long this is going to be active for? I need to hit the Amex gold signup bonus, which should happen in the next 2 or 3 weeks.

    Also how soon do the bonus points appear in my membership rewards account when I’ve spent the £2000

    • Rob says:

      The points will show 24 hours after the charge that takes you over £2,000 shows on your statement.

      The 30% ‘buy miles’ bonus ends on 9th March so it is possible that the sale will end at the same time. We should have the full rules within 24 hours anyway.

    • Pol says:

      Reward sale ends 24th Feb.

  • Virgin Atlantic Award Seat Sale: 30% Off Redemptions - Frequent Miler says:

    […] an award seat sale with economy and premium economy routes being reduced by 30%. According to Head for Points, the rates are already discounted, however the sale isn’t mentioned on the Virgin Atlantic […]

  • mark2 says:

    Has anyone had the Virgin miles from their Tesco vouchers yet? basic and bonus

  • ABC says:

    I’m puzzled by APD tax for children. Going from US->UK it’s $134.60 for an adult. But $156.90 per person for one adult and one child (2-11yo). Is this to prevent children from entering the UK?

    I thought air tax was axed for children back in 2014.

    • mark2 says:

      surely APD is only charged on flights out of UK?

    • ABC says:

      Apparently these are carrier imposed fees, not ADP. I am surprised that the CIF are still higher departing with kids from the US ->UK.

  • Dale says:

    Availability looks pretty poor – particularly from Glasgow, which I took last year.

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