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

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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.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (July 2024)

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 18,000 Virgin Points and the free card has a bonus of 3,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

18,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

3,000 bonus points, no fee and 1 point for every £1 you spend 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 Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 40,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 40,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel Read our full review

Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (28)

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  • Jake says:

    I very nearly used my amex credit card upgrade vouchers with this sale.

    2 premium economy seats to Hong Kong and back for 70,000 points and £820 is incredible value.

    Went with crazy qatar in the end though; couldn’t resist the allure of £1K biz from Edinburgh. The Virgin voucher will keep for another 10 months : )

  • John ABZ says:

    For those in regions obviously have to weigh up that BA give free regional connections, but the FLYBE tie in will be interesting. That said flew JFK-LHR-ABZ last week with BA and was with their sub contracted service – I think it was SUNAIR (Danish) – from LHR-ABZ, and it was shockingly bad experience.

    I have been a FLYBE fan for a few years now.

    Re Delta, I flew domestic US and transatlantic with them – economy – a couple of months ago and found them excellent. Would deffo fly Delta again.

  • TomTom says:

    Can these be booked one way?

  • Leo says:

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

    • Louise says:

      It posts to ur flying club account at the end of your credit card year.

  • bev says:

    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

    • Sue says:

      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.

  • Sue says:

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

  • 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

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