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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 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):

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending 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 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

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.

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The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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)

  • Ant says:

    OT but Virgin related. Can I uase my Virgin points to redeem a Delta flight Seattle-Las vegas? Avios is not giving me the option, i guess because AA do not have a direct flight.
    Any thoughts? Thanks

    • Rob says:

      Yes but must be a return.

    • Andy says:

      Alaska Airlines flies the route (many times daily too), but will not show on BA. Use the American Airlines website to see Alaska partner availability (Alaska’s website has dynamic pricing with extra seats that is not usable by partners)

  • Brian says:

    Typical – all the best deals are in the regions…

  • the real harry1 says:

    Decent triple Avios deal at the Economist

    I’d like to know how they can get the Avios back if you do decide to cancel after a couple of months (Avios are awarded after 28 days).

  • FrequentDriver says:

    Worth noting that OW is matching these fares to East Coast, MSP, SAT and possibly others (well almost – £1004 was the best I found so far).

    Horrible timings but it is also possible to route MAN-HEL-JFK-xxx and back, which pulls in a nice little stash of BA Exec Club tier points…

  • Michael says:

    I’m also pricing MAN-JFK-BOS as £1K return with AA on almost any range of dates throughout the year. MAN-JFK is in Biz, with JFK-BOS in First.

  • barnaby100 says:

    Just to add. I didn’t need book 120 days in advance. It only starts at the end of March on that route and you can book from then all the way through to when it ends in October.

    AA via JFK seems to be price matching- as is Virgin via JFK and then Delta to Boston- so Virgin are basically price matching themselves.

  • Gareth says:

    I have checked the Virgin website several times today to look for these flights but can’t seem to find anything below £1250. Can anyone help advise where I am going wrong ? Thanks

  • Martin says:

    They are only available until June and on Wednesdays eg May 31st – June 7th.available 5 minutes ago.

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