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Virgin Flying Club launches a new redemption seat sale on selected Economy routes

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Virgin Atlantic has launched a reward seat sale on selected routes.

Full details are on their website here.  Ignore the ‘up to 50% off’ headline as only one route is half price – Manchester to Boston.

You can book until 19th June.  There is also a parallel 30% ‘buy miles’ bonus which runs to the same date and which I will cover on Saturday.

Virgin Atlantic reward seat sale

These deals run from 1st July to 6th September.  All dates during this period are priced at peak level under the Virgin Flying Club redemption chart.

Economy redemptions are booked as ‘Economy Classic’ tickets.  You can see the difference between Economy Light, Economy Classic and Economy Delight in this HFP article.

Check the cash price before you book a mileage ticket because, even with 30% off the miles required, these may still not be good deals on cheaper days.  It is worth noting that, whilst Virgin Atlantic has historically had lower taxes and charges in Economy than British Airways, this no longer seems the case.

These are the routes which are reduced by 30%:

  • London Gatwick to Antigua
  • London Gatwick to Barbados
  • London Gatwick to Havana
  • London Gatwick to Las Vegas
  • London Heathrow to Boston
  • Manchester to Las Vegas
  • Manchester to San Francisco

This is the one and only route reduced by 50%:

  • Manchester to Boston

Here are some example prices in Economy:

Boston (from Heathrow) – 28,000 miles + £370

Las Vegas (from Heathrow) – 35,000 miles + £365

San Francisco (from Manchester) – 35,000 + £344

The last date for booking is 19th June.

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 can you top up your Virgin Flying Club balance quickly?

If you are short of miles, remember that Virgin Flying Club miles transfer INSTANTLY at 1:1 from American Express Membership Rewards as long as your accounts are already linked.  It may take a couple of days if you have not previously linked your accounts.

Transfers from Tesco Clubcard are also very fast, usually overnight – the ‘Clubcard to Virgin’ page is here.  250 Clubcard points are worth 625 Virgin Flying Club miles.

Whilst they won’t arrive in time to book this deal on this occasion, remember that you can get between 5,000 and 15,000 Virgin Flying Club miles as a sign-up bonus on the new Virgin Atlantic credit cards.  I review the two cards here and here.

You cannot do a ‘miles plus money’ redemption for these deals.  It has to be a 100% miles booking.

Virgin is also offering a 30% bonus on purchased miles.  I will take a look at this on Saturday.

Full details of the reward flight sale are here.

How to earn Virgin Atlantic miles from UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Flying Club miles from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Flying Club miles.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

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 triple points – 3 per £1 – when you book flight tickets in a foreign currency, because it triggers both the ‘double points for airline spend’ and the ‘double points for foreign spend’ bonuses.

(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles?  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 (31)

  • Mike says:

    Isn’t the Vegas flight from Gatwick? Aren’t they adding a Heathrow flight next year?