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Excellent, but convoluted, Virgin Atlantic / Delta business class deals to the US from £939

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Virgin Atlantic is currently selling some exceptionally cheap – no argument there – Business Class flights to the United States.

It is unfortunately a niche deal on connecting flights only.  If you can make it work for you then, of course, you clearly are not beating this price anywhere else.

So …. this is how it works:

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You can ONLY fly to places where Virgin Atlantic does NOT fly directly (so forget about New York, Boston, LA, San Francisco, Atlanta etc)

Since all of the trips involve a connection, part or all of your journey will be on Delta.  There are no ‘100% Virgin Atlantic’ services.   However, if your transatlantic leg is on Delta you CAN still use Virgin Clubhouse lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3 and your flight will earn miles and tier points in Virgin Flying Club.

It seems that you can ONLY fly out on a Tuesday or Wednesday

You must book six months ahead according to the fare rules, but in reality the window seems to be from mid-December 2018 to March-ish 2019 depending on route

Virgin Atlantic US deals

Here are some of the places that you CAN fly to:

  • Austin £979
  • Charlotte £939
  • Dallas £979
  • Denver £979
  • Fort Lauderdale £939
  • Nashville £939
  • New Orleans £939
  • Phoenix £939
  • San Diego £979
  • San Jose £979

You can find out more about Virgin Upper Class on their site here although some routings may be entirely on Delta – take care when booking.  You will often get a variety of options.

How to book

The Virgin Atlantic booking page is here 

Select one pair of dates which are roughly OK for when you want to travel, preferably in early 2019 but December 2018 may also work

Before you click, select ‘5 week view’

On the results page, switch to ‘Upper Class’ (top left) which will bring up lots of date pairs where the ‘Upper Class / Business’ fare (toggle the class in the top left) is £900+ 

Click on the price / date combo you want and you can pick your exact flights

Is this a good deal?

Undoubtedly.  You will have to change planes on your trip, but it is very rare that you get a price like this which starts in the UK as opposed to some odd EU capital.

The only question is whether you actually know now that you want to travel to a 2nd tier US city next January, February or March …..!   To help you decide, here are the average January maximum temperatures:

  • Austin – 15 degrees c
  • Charlotte – 10 degrees c
  • Dallas – 12 degrees c
  • Denver – 6 degrees c
  • Fort Lauderdale – 24 degrees c
  • Nashville – 8 degrees c
  • New Orleans – 16 degrees c
  • Phoenix – 19 degrees c
  • San Diego – 19 degrees c
  • San Jose – 19 degrees c

To maximise your miles when paying, your best bet is one of the two Virgin Atlantic Reward credit cards.  These earn double miles (3 per £1 on the paid card or 1.5 per £1 on the free card) when you book at virginatlantic.com or via Virgin Holidays.  Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (June 2024)

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 18,000 Virgin Points and the free card has a bonus of 3,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

18,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

3,000 bonus points, no fee and 1 point for every £1 you spend 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 – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 40,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 40,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (64)

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  • Andrew says:

    Just pricing up LHR-SAN in March, and it appears outbound flights are there on Thursdays as well – or at least on 14 March. The Only routings that week to come out at £979 are via MSP or DTW outbound, so Delta all the way. ATL is an additional option on the way back, opening up a VS transatlantic.

  • Dev says:

    Austin seems like a great place to escape the cold weather – Music, Bars and great grilled meats!

    • Will says:

      Couldn’t agree more. One of my favourite places that I’ve been to. Food there is incredible.

      • Polly says:

        Used to love in Dallas, and Austin was a great places for weekend trips to drive to. Lots to do there. And good hiking up in the hills if you get nice weather.

        • Julian says:

          Unfortunately the offer starts a few weeks too late for the US Grand Prix in Austin on 21st October………………

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      Austin often comes out, or very near the top, of best US cities to live. Well worth taking in a Long Horns came.

      Denver has excellent skiing nearby for which you dont want a high average temp.

      Nashville might be my favourite US city with lots to see and do. Close to the Great Smokey Mountains and Memphis. A chance to take in some Country and some Blues. Oh, and Graceland.

    • Tony says:

      I’ve been to Austin in March several times and it’s not exactly hot. Anyone found a way to book this by just paying a deposit?

  • rowpott says:

    Just done a dummy booking and although I am not a delta frequent flyer I could book the seats for free. Does anyone know if you also get free access to lounges in the UK and USA

    • Paul says:

      In the UK, yes, and I think for the international leg leaving the US, yes. Not sure about the internal US flights though.

      When we flew Delta One on Delta to and from NYC last year we used the VS lounge at LHR, and both the VS and DL lounges in JFK (as the VS one closed relatively early). Oh, and the VS Arrivals lounge at LHR.

  • Mark says:

    Is anyone else missing words from HFP articles lately? Even with all scripts enabled and adblock off (on Firefox), this article starts “is currently selling some exceptionally cheap ” for me. First word is literally missing. Lots of others have been for a bit less than a week too. Only on HFP, not noticed a problem on other sites.

    • Mark says:

      After enabling and then disabling Adblock again, I now see “Virgin Atlantic is currently selling some exceptionally cheap”. Looks like in-line links are causing a problem.

      • james says:

        I mentioned something similar in comments the other day, and was advised to turn adblock off.
        You are correct insofar as something has changed recently.
        Turn adblock off? Why would I?

        • Matt says:

          You can turn adblock off on specific sites, I have it off on HFP so that Rob gets some money for providing a great site, and because the ads aren’t intrusive (unlike many sites).

        • Aeronaut says:

          @James

          “Turn adblock off? Why would I?”

          Erm…

          • Rob says:

            Indeed. Luckily WeWork give us our office for free and Anika works for free. Oh, hang on, they don’t.

      • Rob says:

        Nothing has changed on the links. Something has clearly changed with Adblock.

        • Mark says:

          Seems so. I’ll whitelist HFP so I know what the articles are talking about!

        • RussellH says:

          The actual adblocker (X) I use had to change with the massive alterations to Firefox from ver. 57 on, plus it regularly gets updates, so there is little doubt that it will have changed.
          Another annoyance is that once Adblocker X is paused on HFP, but Ghostery is not, then the page never stops trying to load, and if you click Stop, it soon starts up again.
          [I am still on FF56 on my main machine; I still have to learn how stop tabs-on-top on the latest versions. I can just about live with tabs-on-top for short period on a small laptop which only gets occasional use, but not on a machine that is used for long periods!]

  • Ade says:

    Had trouble confirming LHRFLL this morning so called VS who said £939 fare didn’t exist. Quoted £2,200 as cheapest. Advised to try at 8am after overnight refresh. Tried again on VS site avoiding selecting seats and managed to confirm fare for one week later. Paid and confirmed. Seat selection on Delta site afterwards was easy and free. I like the Delta site. Thank you HFP for the email this morning. Coincidently we were discussing Florida in March yesterday and your email made the decision for us!!

  • Jason Hindle says:

    If anything like Dallas, Austin can be anything from freezing rain to in the 70s, in January. It’s on my list, and possibly the best city break from the list given.

  • rowpott says:

    You can also get this fare by booking directly on the Delta site. What are the advantages of booking with Virgin or Delta

    • Rob says:

      Does Delta charge in $? If so you get the FX fee.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      If you have a virgin Atlantic credit card then double points too for using the virgin site

  • James says:

    Booked LHR to FLL in February. We were planning on going to Fort Myers anyway. £939 for 9 days. Virgin out, Delta back. Thanks Rob!

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