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Virgin Atlantic offering £1,000 Upper Class flights from Manchester to Boston

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Virgin Atlantic has launched some aggressive Upper Class fares from Manchester to Boston this summer.

How aggressive?  We’re talking ‘£999.62 return’ aggressive.

If you are looking to earn some Virgin tier points cheaply or simply want to fly to the US in style – and US fares in economy are not exactly dirt cheap in summer – this is well worth a look.  Even if you are London based, the train trip up to Manchester is not too painful.

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The £999.62 price is widely available as long as you look at least 4 months ahead, although you certainly need to be flexible with your dates.  It is easy to find relevant dates because the Virgin website lets you search for the cheapest combination of dates over a 1 week or 5 week period.

The fare rules for the £999 fare are:

Book 120 days in advance

Stay at least 3 days

Book by 7th February

No limo transfers included

Fare also valid on Delta where Delta flies the route – apparently it prices via JFK too with a connection to Boston on Delta although I did not see this

The best thing to do if you’re interested is visit the Virgin website and check out potential dates using the ‘one week’ or ‘five week’ view modes.  Thanks to Barnaby for this.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (October 2022)

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 points bonus 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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 sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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 (40)

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  • SlimpyJones says:

    Just to add to this, if you use the booking engine to search for I class fares, it only adds a few hundred pounds more to the price. I class fares qualify for the car transfer at both ends and net you double tier points (200 each way) than the low Z class fares (100 each way).

    This is an extremely cheap way to bag VS Silver with one RT, or 40% of the way to Gold.

  • James A says:

    This fare has been around about a week, along with £641 + PE to many east coast destinations. Singapore PE is £633 to Houston from MAN also (total bargain if you have some KrisFlyer miles to upgrade with).

    • ankomonkey says:

      I needed a flight to Mexico City and ITA Matrix threw up a really cheap Singapore Airlines option from MAN via Houston.

  • anon says:

    Shame Little Red is no longer in service to get us London folk up to Manchester! We should consider adding the price of the train fare to Manchester onto that £1000 ticket too! What’s the cheapest train prive from London these days? Virgin Trains?

    • Genghis says:

      I paid just below £40 return (standard) a few months ago and that was not in any particular sale. That was to Piccadilly though.

    • Pol says:

      Booking in advance, but the other way, we paid £23.40 in first class from Crewe (you can get a direct train from Crewe to Manchester Airport-30mins)

    • Matthew says:

      You’d pay extra for airport parking anyhow…

    • david cliff says:

      I travel 2/3 times a year from Manchester Airport to Gatwick via Euston, and off-peak fares are usually £26.50 each way. If you travel on a Sat/Sun you can upgrade onboard the train itself to First for £15 extra.

    • Anon says:

      Can I just say that I am the original anon (that likes the Maldives), not sure who this another anon is… 🙂

  • Anna says:

    Heathrow to Manchester of course is 9,000 avios plus £35, and you don’t have the hassle of getting fro station to airport.

    • Genghis says:

      Assuming you live close to LHR. I’d prefer to let the train take the strain for cost, time and comfort

    • John says:

      Err, at MAN, BA is at T3 and VS is at T2, and the train station is in between them

      • Anna says:

        But you’ll still have to change trains at some point with all your luggage.

  • Neil says:

    Damn, if I hadn’t already booked my summer holiday to the US (well, Canada but driving down) I’d be all over this!

  • PGW says:

    I used to fly this route regularly with AA before they pulled it. It’s a good fare without doubt but the return journey is very short (not much more that 5 hours usually) so UC might be an unnecessary indulgence.

  • Fraser says:

    Tempting. Slightly OT but has anyone done a reception with VS miles on Delta in First? They seem to offer EDI-JFK-BOS but with First rather than Business for an UC redemption.

    Also, how bad is the new Virgin website? Almost impossible to find redemptions, especially as you have to search each class individually and specify the return date (eg exact trip length). The old grid showing E/PE/UC dates for both legs was so much better. It’s as if they’re trying to make it as hard as possible to redeem your miles.

    • Simmo says:

      You can search for 5 weeks at a time? – in the advanced search options.

      • ThinkSquare says:

        You can search 5 weeks at a time for the outward date, but Fraser is correct that you have to specify the exact trip length. If there’s no availability on the return leg, it won’t show you the outward.

        I still found it much easier than BA though.

  • Smid says:

    Cheap ways to get to Manchester from London? Well, the trick is to split the Virgin train component from the Airport component.

    If that far in advance (but not too far, 8-12 weeks), you can get singles each way for £22 standard, £43 first (drink and food included), if two of you buy a two together railcard and you can save more in First and be valid for a year:

    Standard: 4 x 22 = 88, railcard = 88 *2/3 + 30 = ~£88
    First: 4 x 43 = 172, railcard = 172*2/3 + 30 = 114 + 30 = 144

    Return from Manchester Picadilly to the airport = a tenner per person.

    Trip Euston to Manchester Picadilly = about 2 hours 15 minutes. I know people reduce the trip from Heathrow to like 45 minutes, but after you add a 2 hour checkin, flight and baggage pickup its about an hour longer even if you start at Heathrow (vs start at Euston).

    • John says:

      VTWC + connections advances EUS-MIA (MIA = Manchester Airport station) starts from £23 in standard and £46 in first, though there are very few tickets in the lowest bucket if any; generally the lowest will be £27 and £57.

      No point paying £22 and another £10 to the airport…

      The food offering on VTWC 1st is not great especially on weekends, especially when compared to VTEC. There is no lounge at MAN for the moment though. Still I’m not convinced that £20 is worth it, just bring your own food, or you can be like the recent FT poster who paid £100 to upgrade to CE because he was afraid of the BOB service being too slow

      • Ro says:

        Couldn’t agree more about the food not being worth an extra £20. especially on weekends it’s terrible, sometimes I’ve ended up with some fruit and biscuits only.
        be much better off hitting the multitude of improved food outlets at Euston beforehand and spending less

      • Smid says:

        Depends if its weekend, you’ll get a couple of drinks on a weekday. VTWC does have the nicer seats, and of course not the hell of standard class train travel which is delivered.

        What happened to the VTWC First class lounge in Manchester? It was there a few years ago.

        As for the price difference vs direct to the airport, as a long time VTWC traveller, I can tell you that you’ll usually get loads of advances £43 to Manchester, but once you add on a non VTWC ticket into it, that advance will jump loads. Books first class in the airport leg, not sure if there is a FC in that leg. So £43 FC to Man and fiver to airport is pretty consistent.

    • Pol says:

      You’re better off going Euston-Wilmslow, same train as the Piccadilly one but only 1:50 travel time. Direct train from Wilmslow to Manchester Airport 7mins (15 mins from Piccadillyto MAN).

    • Mike says:

      Stockport and bus is my favourite cheap way to the airport by train.

      The bus that comes over the peak district then runs fast from Stockport (near, not at the station) to the airport.

      The bus is on plusbus but it’s cheaper just to pay cash.

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