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 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 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.)

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  1. This article doesn’t look finished. Are there likely to be any bonus transfers between Tesco and Virgin coming up?

    • the real harry1 says:

      Tesco —> Virgin 20% bonus pops up pretty regularly, so yes

    • If you think bits are missing you are running a defective Adblocker that removes hyperlinks. You need to whitelist HFP.

  2. Booked a redemption to Florida for mid-winter just last night using what will probably be the last of my run.of PE Upgrade vouchers.

    Saw the VS seat sale email today, had moment of annoyance and then realised FL not included and it’s only until Sept.

    However for anyone that is actually in a similar situation VS are likely to honour the new price, especially if you booked less than 24 hours ago.

    • As a comparison my peak redemption was £394 + 45k miles, cash price is an astonishing £1800!!!

      • thehornets says:

        Interesting.. outside of the sale timing, I am looking for a peak rate West coast trip and am struggling to get good redemption value compared to cash prices.

        • Lady London says:

          Yes. SFO seems to be a longstanding particularly hard fought market and since late last year LAS seems to have been the place the airlines have really been fighting to drop good deals into,

          For the East Coast seems to be Boston now as well as NY that’s getting caned.

          Unusually since late last year, offers on all of those almost continuously across all 3 Alliances.

  3. Also should give a shout out to the very flexible and helpful Virgin Gold call centre staff, not going into details here, but they went above and beyond with their service, proving to me a good reason to keep diversification from BA.

  4. Gareth says:

    When did the ‘taxes’ go up?! Surely ty can’t justify the £120 increase from what it was previously

    • No idea. First I knew was when I did the maths today ….

      • Gareth says:

        Makes the 2 for 1 even worse on the credit card if you have no status due to card fee and higher taxes practically paying cash prices in economy

  5. Alex W says:

    Can premium economy upgrade vouchers stack with this offer?

  6. the_real_a says:

    As ever the tax element for economy redemption’s is MORE than the regular cash price of a variety of alternatives for every date i was looking at!

  7. Ian Gleave says:

    Thanks for the advice to “ignore” the up to 50% off offer as this only applies to one flight from Manchester. What an arrogant, London-centric comment. Those of us who live near Manchester probably wouldn’t want to “ignore” an offer on a flight from Manchester.

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      As someone who lives near Manchester I have to say your comment only makes the chip on your shoulder look bigger.

      It’s one flight out of eight (approx 12% of the total) at a 50% discount. I would discount that too as a headline grabber when everything else is significantly worse. Origin/Destination is irrelevant.

      • the real harry1 says:

        yep a mis-read by Ian, methinks 🙂

        let’s shake hands & be mates, hey?

        Costa Rica?

      • Mr(s) Entitled says:

        To be clear, not saying the flight isnt a good deal if you want to go to Boston (charmless city) but in terms of the headline sale rate it does appear disingenuous.

        • the real harry1 says:

          I kinda liked Boston, along with Ann Arbor, Dallas. Not too keen on the rest I saw…

        • thehornets says:

          +1 for Ann Arbor.

        • Genghis says:

          Was in Boston a few weeks ago and had a good time walking around, seeing a Red Sox game and eating multiple lobster rolls. The IC was great.

        • Mr(s) Entitled says:

          If going into Boston either head north to Bar Harbor or south to Cape Cod.

          Costa Rica is further away ;o)

        • AndyGWP says:

          Harry – do you mean Ann Arbor in Michigan? (not Dallas)

    • That is not the point I was making and I am guessing you actually know that.

    • Yawn.

    • occasional ranter says:

      He said ignore the headline, not ignore the flight or the city. Jeez…

  8. Peter K says:

    Had 2 separate emails last night from BA about a World Traveller 50% off the avios cost redemption sale. No reduction in the money element. Not for Euro Traveller however.

    • Same – one plugging flights from London, the other flights to London. Both uninspiring as ever.

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

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