Virgin Atlantic is currently running a sale with decent deals in all classes.
Since we first wrote about the sale three weeks ago, Upper Class prices have been cut sharply for travel to the USA during Thanksgiving week. See below for details.
Until 26th September you can find reduced fares on flights to the US, Caribbean, Mexico, Cuba, Asia, Middle East and Africa.
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:
New York £1505
San Francisco £1889
Los Angeles £1655
Las Vegas £1655
These prices are for travel between 21st – 28th November 2017 – you pay a little more on other dates.
It’s worth mentioning that Boston and San Francisco are cheaper when flying from Manchester. Boston is £1459 and San Francisco costs £1869.
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)
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 (August 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):
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.
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.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into 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.)