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Virgin Atlantic sale now on – decent deals in all classes

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Virgin Atlantic has launched a sale with decent deals in all classes.

Until 20th September you can find reduced fares on flights to the US, Caribbean, Mexico, Cuba, Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Full details are on this special website.

New Virgin A330 layout

Looking at the Upper Class deals, there are some interesting prices available.

The standout deal is Delhi at £1588 for travel between 3rd and 31st January 2018 as well as between 13th April and 30th June 2018.

There are also several US routes included in the sale if you can travel over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year or next Easter.

Upper Class prices out of London are:

Boston £1749

New York £1699

San Francisco £2639

Washington £1749

Miami £1989

Seattle £2359

Los Angeles £2549

These prices are for travel between 21st – 28th November 2017; 18th December 2017 – 2nd January 2018 and 30th March 2018 – 15th April 2018.

Orlando costs £1999 when the outbound flight is between 28th December 2017 – 29th March 2018 and 8th April 18 – 4th July 2018 and the inbound flight is between 7th January 2018 – 5th April 2018 and 22nd April 2018 – 4th July 18.

Las Vegas costs £2239 when travelling 18th December 2017 – 2nd January 2018 and 30th March 2018 – 15th April 2018.

It’s worth mentioning that Boston and San Francisco are cheaper when flying from Manchester.  Boston is £1459 and San Francisco costs £2359.

Other Upper Class deals include:

Delhi £1588 (3rd – 31st January 2018 and 13th April – 30th June 2018).

Shanghai £2159 (1st November 2017- 10th December 2017, 11th January 2018 – 6th February 2018, 21st February 2018 – 20th March 2018, 24th April 2018 – 15th June 2018)

Dubai £1688 (3rd January 2018 – 15th March 2018, 26th March 2018 – 2nd April 2018)

Virgin Atlantic Easter sale

There are also some decent Premium Economy deals out there, which will be especially interesting for anyone chasing Virgin Flying Club tier points.  Destinations from London include:

  • New York £664
  • Boston £664
  • Washington £684
  • Orlando £733
  • Miami £744
  • Los Angeles £814
  • Seattle £784
  • San Francisco £844
  • Las Vegas £854
  • Dubai £628
  • Barbados £809

Economy deals are also available, starting at £399 for New York and Boston from London. Some destinations are a lot cheaper from Manchester and may justify a train trip. San Francisco for example costs £529 from London and £429 from Manchester.

Travel dates and full details of what is available can be found on the Virgin Atlantic sale website here.

You need to book by 20th September at the latest but there is limited availability and it is worth jumping in now if you want to secure key Christmas or Easter dates.

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 (45)

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  • Botham says:

    Very interesting. I got a quote for Virgin UC, LHR-MIA this week. When I booked it yesterday, the price had dropped by around £800 pp. We are travelling out in mid November, but the return is during the offer period. Agent booked us on Delta codeshare, which may make a difference.

  • John says:

    Isn’t London – NYC always around 400 on virgin if booked early?

  • Rachael says:

    Not such a good deal as last year. I managed to get SEA in economy for 14.5 K points each way, this deal where as 25K under this deal.

  • Tom says:

    OT, and this was the basis of a discussion previously, but I tried to refer my OH for a BA Amex PP card (she has the free card at the moment, I have the BAPP), and whilst I understood that she wouldn’t get the 25k avios I thought that I would get the 9k referral. I contacted Amex last night to check this, as did she, separately, and we were both told that no referral would exist as she is an existing customer.

    This seems odd as you’d think that Amex would want people actively moving from the free card to the paid card, so any incentive would be beneficial!

    • Tom says:

      Thanks Genghis – I agree, I get that she wouldn’t get the 25k avios but it’s not explicit that I wouldn’t get the referral bonus.

  • John123 says:

    O/T: My Finnair flight got cancelled for technical reasons, and I only got informed on the day itself. Finnair rerouted me onto a direct flight SIN – LHR on BA that left exactly 1 hour earlier. My original route was SIN-HEL-LHR. My arrival time was earlier than the original. Am I entitled to any EU261? I know this seems a bit entitled, but I am a bit annoyed that I get the (in my opinion) inferior BA hard product.

    • Barry cutters says:

      So you actually got to your destination earlier than the original ? So I would imagine money compo, but write a strong letter to the airline explaining your issue

    • Marc says:

      I would say you’re entitled to a 50% of the compensation (600*0.5=300€). You had a confirmed reservation on a flight that got cancelled due to technical reasons – the airline rerouted you on a different flight, but you got to your destination with a delay of less than 3-4-6 hours (don’t remember the hours for your flight distance). In fact you arrived earlier, but I think in this case it doesn’t matter. Anyway, good luck dealing with Finnair (I’ve they’re even worse than Ib dealing with EC261 compensation).

      • Barry cutters says:

        I could be wrong but i don’t think you can get the compensation. The EC261 is for delays.
        you were not delayed. -i’m assuming you actually arrived at your destination 3h early?

        You can argue with the airline that you received an inferior product than you paid for . but i dont think its a matter for the EC regs

      • John says:

        Exactly 1 hour before?? Out of luck!

        EC261/2004: Article 5 Cancellation

        1. In case of cancellation of a flight, the passengers concerned shall:

        (c) have the right to compensation by the operating air carrier in accordance with Article 7, unless:

        (iii) they are informed of the cancellation less than seven days before the scheduled time of departure and are offered re-routing, allowing them to depart no more than one hour before the scheduled time of departure and to reach their final destination less than two hours after the scheduled time of arrival.

    • Richie says:

      WoW got home before scheduled time and still wants a compensation?! Greed of some people is just beyond me

      • Catalan says:

        Lol. It’s the ‘compensation’ culture we now live in I guess.

      • Leo says:

        I would possibly be aggrieved in that the Tier points on the Finnair flights would have been 140+80. The Finnair flight usually would be cheaper. On the BA direct flight you would get 160 TPs. In those circumstances I would be put out. But am I right in saying that Finnair would credit you with the 140+80 TPs in any event?

      • Cate says:

        Surely the point of this site is to inform, discuss and then source ways to maximize the opportunities that occasionally become available? The OP isn’t asking for the aircraft to be thrown in as part of the comp?

  • mark1980 says:

    Have Virgin stopped their redemption sales? They used to pop up every quarter or so, but haven’t seen one in ages?

    • Lev441 says:

      Since the change to peak/off peak redemptions there’s been nothing aside from cheaper UC redemptions from Manchester to a couple destinations…

  • Ben says:

    Looks to me like the travel dates above are for UC only. PE and E travel dates are limited to Jan/Feb.

    Or am I missing something?

    I was looking for PE availability over Easter…

  • Will says:

    O/T: Just wondering. My company reimburses me for my Amex Platinum to cover travel insurance, lounge access for European flights (so dont have to buy a business class seat) and other benefits. I also have a BA Amex Platinum. I need to buy an expensive BA flight to the US for work (c£3k in business) and want to make sure I get the Amex Platinum insurance benefits but also get the BA triple points for using my BA Amex. Can I part pay a tiny bit on my platinum amex and then pay the rest on my BA amex? Are you able to hold flights like you can part pay for the BA holidays?

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      You can pay the whole amount on the BA Amex. The insurance only requires that the purchase is made on an Amex-issued card (if the merchant accepts it).

    • Rashad says:

      You can pay the whole trip with BAPP, if you have Amex Paltinum insurance it covers all your purchases on all your Amex issued cards like BAPP.
      I’ve had a similar claim and it was processed without any issue

    • Alan says:

      If you read the T&Cs of the insurance you’ll see any Amex-issued Amex is fine (BTW to avoid any confusion it’s BA Premium Plus, not Platinum)

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