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Virgin Atlantic moves Las Vegas flight to Heathrow, adds flights to Boston and Barbados

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Virgin Atlantic has announced two new flights to the US.

From 31st March 2019 passengers can fly from London Heathrow to Las Vegas.  This route replaces the current Gatwick to Las Vegas flight.

In addition Virgin Atantic has announced a second daily flight from Heathrow to Boston from the same date.

The Las Vegas flight will be operated by a Boeing 787 with 31 Upper Class seats, 35 Premium seats and 192 economy seats.  The Boston service will be operated by an A330-300. Both routes are on sale now.

There will also be a return of the seasonal flight from Heathrow to Barbados operating between 11th December 2018 and 19th February 2019.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

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):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 bonus points 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.

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

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.

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) 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 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 (32)

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  • TripRep says:

    Great to see the increased coverage of VS on HFP over recent weeks. Expect we’ll see more as the JV partnership with Delta/AF-KLM comes to fruition…

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I’m surprised redemptions are taking so long as surely the JV approval has no impact on that

      • the_real_a says:

        The taxes/fees element of Air France/KLM redemption’s does not look attractive at all!

        • the real harry1 says:

          It looks terrible compared to BA/ RFS. I got my hopes up too soon and have transferred points over to Virgin – maybe 500,000 so far – in anticipation. But on deeper investigation, if Virgin just adopts AF/ KLM redemption rules for Europe, I won’t use the points that way.

          I started converting to BA again, such is my disillusionment. But we’ll see later on this year, I guess.

  • Anna says:

    OT – BAPP. Someone was asking about points for adding a supplementary card recently. I applied for one last night and 3000 avios have appeared this morning. I didn’t get an offer.

  • Matt B says:

    I think it’s the 31st March not May

  • Lumma says:

    OT but there was something in the comments the other day about needing to be on the booking to get the virgin miles with the number 1 traveller bookings.

    I did two separate bookings for the MyLounge at Gatwick north for myself and a friend for the bank holiday weekend, checking my virgin account I’ve only been given one lot of 350 miles (which is still wrong as it should just be 200 for the MyLounge).

    I’m not going to chase it for the 50 miles that I’m missing but it could be that they’re cracking down on multiple bookings for people who aren’t the account holder.

  • Frankie says:

    I have happy memories off sitting down the back on the only few pairs of double seats on VS43 (747) from Gatwick when there was no other direct flight from London and long before HFP was a twinkle in Rob’s eye.

    • Graham Walsh says:

      I used to pick those seats too on various VS flights.

  • Rash says:

    The hertz link doesn’t work for me (maybe because I’m in France) . Does it work for others and do we have to use a certain CDP or PC code? Thanks

  • Macca says:

    Just tried for book Prem Eco LHR-LAS in July and all options routes via LAX. Are the flights definitely bookable already?

    • Macca says:

      ITA is showing nothing in Eco or Prem Eco through the whole second half of July .

    • Matt b says:

      July 2018? The LHR flights start next year.

      • Macca says:

        Oh!!! Hah! That’ll be why then. Totally missed the 2019 part, thanks Matt

  • KBuffett says:

    Rob, just out of interest, do you hold status with Virgin? I’m thinking of moving some spend over to them from BA.

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