As part of its Valentines Day sale, Virgin Atlantic has launched some aggressive Upper Class fares from Manchester to Boston.
How aggressive? We’re talking ‘£999.50 return’ aggressive. Two people must travel, however, so you are looking at £1,999.
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.
The £999.50 price is available although Easter was tricky when I checked. 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 travel dates for the £999 fare are:
01 Apr 17 – 17 Apr 17 (availability fairly tight)
01 Jul 17 – 31 Aug 17
22 Nov 17 – 29 Nov 17
18 Dec 17 – 02 Jan 18
You won’t receive the limo transfer at these prices, but you can’t really complain.
The other Upper Class deals under this offer are not so great. New York is £2,799 for two from Manchester, San Francisco is £3,399 for two from Manchester and Boston is £2,999 for two from Heathrow.
The best thing to do if you’re interested is visit the Virgin website and check out potential dates. Remember to select ‘Upper Class’ before you search, which involves using the drop down ‘Show Advanced Options’ box. I also strongly recommend using the ‘1 week view’ option as this is not available every day.
If you want to check out the Economy and Premium Economy offers available today only, you will find all the pricing on this page of the Virgin site.
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):
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.
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.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
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