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 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.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (October 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 15,000 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 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points:
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.
(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.)