Virgin launches new 30% off redemption seat sale in Economy, booking to 2017

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

Virgin Atlantic has launched another reward seat sale.  This one is more aggressive than those we saw in 2015, with a 30% discount.

Given that Economy fuel surcharges have also come down by about 10% in the last six months, these deals look pretty good.

You can book until 11th May.  There is also a parallel ‘buy miles’ bonus which runs to the same date and which I will cover tomorrow.

Virgin Atlantic 350

Virgin taxes on Economy redemptions are lower (by roughly £50-£70) than British Airways.  Following the Avios devaluation last April, you will also need substantially fewer miles than BA for an identical route, especially on a ‘peak’ Avios day.

Here are some example prices in Economy:

New York – 24,500 miles + £231

Barbados – 31,500 miles + £209

Delhi – 29,750 miles + £250

Hong Kong – 35,000 miles + £260

Almost all other routes are bookable too.  A full list of taxes and the miles required can be found here.

As an example, an off-peak Avios redemption to New York in World Traveller currently prices at 26,000 Avios + £301.  On a peak day, however, the Avios price is 40,000 + £301.

What is interesting about the Virgin sales is that you can always book for any time in the next 11 months.  There are no date restrictions as long as seats are available.  Remember that, even with 30% off, not all of these deals necessarily make sense in low season.

The closing date for booking is 11th May.

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 30% bonus on purchased miles and on Miles Booster.  I will take a look at this tomorrow.

Full details of the reward flight sale are here.

(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles?  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.)

New British Airways sale launched - includes decent First deals
Bits: no more churning of the Hilton HHonors Visa card?, Tesco deals round-up

Click here to join the 14,500 people on our email list and receive the latest Avios, miles and points news by 6am.

Amazon ad
AMEX Gold 20,000 bonus points
About Head for Points

We help business and leisure travellers maximise their Avios, frequent flyer miles and hotel loyalty points. Visit every day for three new articles or sign up for our FREE emails via this page or the box to your right.


  1. Where would I find my Amex Upgrade certificate? Never thought I’d use it so never bothered but I might just now….

  2. I’ve not got my head around virginclub I’m an Avios girl, is it possible to do this?
    book economy with points in sale, upgrade to prem when i qualify for my 2 upgrades from credit card (i a few months time, as I’ve not actually applied for this card yet), then upgrade again to upperclass?

    i suspect the answer is no, but would love to be proved wrong.
    i have no virgin miles yet, just a wad of tesco cc vouchers and amex points, but want to get the most value out of them.. i would like to take 2 adults out upper and 2 kids to NYC in economy.
    if anyone could help me please

    • My understanding is you can’t upgrade again to Upper from the Premium Economy reward flight, at least I couldn’t with Virgin Amex upgrades. I could only pay for Economy then upgrade to premium Economy.

  3. It is a shame that this runs to the 11th as Tesco Clubcard pays out end of May, very good offer though! Thanks Raffles

  4. Lynne Young says:

    I am new to am ex I have got 36000 point in now but as I use virgin generally from manchester and am a frequent flyer with them can anyone explain where I find out when am ex do a transfer to virgin with bonus.i have spoke to both virgin and am ex but neither have heard if they do a bonus or were the info is
    also how do you get an ungrade voucher as I have never seen this befor

Please click here to read our data protection policy before submitting your comment.