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STILL BOOKABLE: One day Virgin Atlantic deal – Upper Class to Chicago £1,093

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Virgin Atlantic is running a one day Upper Class sale to Chicago, for some reason.

If you book today, Monday, Heathrow to Chicago is £1,093 return.  This will be on a direct Delta flight, a direct Virgin flight or on Virgin with a connection.

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Travel dates appear to be over Thanksgiving (around 24 November), over Christmas and New Year and between February and 15th April 2017.

You can price this up on the Virgin Atlantic site here.

Apologies for the brief article but I am writing this on my phone on a train ….

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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):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 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.

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

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.

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee 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 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 (23)

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  • Yan says:

    This fare has been available for at least a week, and also matched by *A. Available over Xmas and NY holidays too

    • tony says:

      If you’ve been aware of it for a week, can I just underline your absolutly fantastic degree of narcissism for keeping it to yourself. (rude words redacted)

      Trust you feel suitably shamed…..

      • Yan says:

        ‘Before starting a new thread, search for similar threads. ‘
        Aug 26, 16, 7:53 pm KL/DL/VA: LHR-ORD $1560~ rt business (NYE)

        • tony says:

          Other than the fact that fare is 1) more expensive and 2) has different availability dates, I guess you have really provided us with some valuable insight,

          Hope you’re feeling happy with yourself.

          • harry says:

            tony tony tony

            deal was probably noted elsewhere, you can’t go blaming people for not rushing back and saying hey guys here’s a great deal blah blah blah

            yan probably has a job to do when he’s not messing with hfp 🙂

      • Callum says:

        Despite what many people think, this is not a forum. If you want notification of cheap flight deals then follow a website/forum that posts cheap flight deals instead of demanding people find you…

        Not to mention, if I posted everytime I found a good flight deal this site would be clogged with them. If you’re unable to find them yourself, don’t blame your shortcomings on others…

  • Brian says:

    At that price, anybody with a BA redemption flight should cancel and book this, unless they have more Avios than they will ever need.

    • Alan says:

      Definitely a good price, sadly the existing booking I have is an open jaw from Edinburgh to Chicago returning from Toronto with a Lloyds upgrade voucher (and was only charged £350 in taxes) so think it’s too complex to cancel.

      • Genghis says:

        Is that in J, Alan? That tax amount seems alright.

        • Alan says:

          Indeed it is, Genghis – was quite surprised myself but wasn’t going to argue 😛 Got 48k value out the voucher too 🙂

  • Danksy says:

    Thanks Tony for pointing this one out 😀

  • Dave Barron says:

    O/T – does anyone have experience of cancelling a Virgin reward flight? My wife and I have flights to Vegas booked for next month which we now need to cancel due a breakdown of childcare arrangements (and Sod’s law just a few weeks after I paid £180 for extra legroom seats). Queried cancellation with Flying Club and was advised in addition to £30 per person cancellation charge I would also lose some of the APD as this typically isn’t refunded by the Government in full? Call
    Centre agent suggested trying to rebook but as I bought these economy tickets in the reward sale it’s going to cost me a lot more points even rebooking a different route (plus in all probability now paying extra charges for my 2 kids aged 2 and also 6 months). Got a bit of time to decide on options. Too much to hope September brings another reward fare sale?!? Main concern is potentially losing more than I thought due to lack of APD refund?

    Chicago ironically would have been a good option for next year (wife is originally from relatively nearby Detroit) but they don’t seem to fly there from Manchester anymore? I thought Virgin did but can’t see anything. Living in Newcastle LHR isn’t ideal with the kids unless I pay to connect via BA. Even Chicago from Edinburgh would have been good for us had it existed!

    Thanks in advance!

    • John says:

      I believe the airline pays APD after the flight departs, or at least the liability arises when a flight departs so that line was rubbish.

    • James A says:

      I’ve cancelled VS award flights twice and always had the full taxes back. What you were told is rubbish.

    • James A says:

      Oh also, VS/DL have never and probably will never fly MAN – ORD. AA however do serve that route (when it runs, it’s had a bunch of cancellations recently). Strong rumours of a VS/DL MAN – DTW route have been around for a while. Rumour has it that it was virtually ready to be announced but after brexit Delta put the brakes on for the time being.

  • Rob says:

    It is still available today.

  • Andrew Clark says:

    I have taken advantage of this for a romantic long weekend at Valentines with my long suffering wife. (Sat 11th to Wed 15th). So thanks for the tip, really looking forward to it. I now just need to find a brilliant deal on hotels in Chicago……

    • Mike says:

      Is Chicago a good romantic destination? I’ve never been further outside o’hare than the inter-terminal train!

      • dps says:

        It’s a fabulous city – although cold in February – with unique architecture (take the river tour).

    • dps says:

      Stay at the Virgin Hotel in Chicago – especially good value with “chamber” upgrades, extra Miles etc if you book through the VS website AND have status in Virgin Flying Club.

  • Justin says:

    Are virgin stopping their direct flights? Can’t seem to find any…

    • dps says:

      LHR-ORD is seasonal but there are usually plenty of revenue or redemption seats to JFK (and to a lesser extent BOS, DTW and IAD) with DL connections to ORD or WN connections to MDW..

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