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Save £50 off Virgin Atlantic Upper Class and Premium Economy fares

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Virgin Atlantic is due to launch a flash sale at 9am today.

On the usual Virgin Atlantic website flights in Premium and Upper Class can be booked for £50 off. There is no special code needed.

Lead prices in Premium are:

Virgin Atlantic flash sale

London to Las Vegas from £668

London to New York from £632 (November)

London to Orlando from £777

Flights must be booked between 9am today and midnight tomorrow (Tuesday) for travel between 28th October and 11th December or 24th December and 29th March 2019.  Obviously £50 doesn’t move the needle much on Upper Class tickets but £50 off Premium is worth a look.

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 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 (109)

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  • Julian says:

    IIRC only one of the two daily flight to HKG is going to be on a Q-Suite aircraft (of course could change anytime) and that fare basically “restrict” you to the non Q-Suite flight (a 777), I believe you could also price it on BA codeshare for the LGW-DOH leg, useful for qualifying flight count. I have seen LHR at that price too but only on the BA operated flight to DOH but availability very limited (OT that BA flight got cancelled a lot and you might be put on one of the QR flights). Have also seen LON-HKG on Swiss for around the same price available from the regions too very handy for those near BHX, not sure if it’s still around however.

  • Seb B says:

    Small correction, the LGW-DOH flights are in a B787-8, QR doesn’t have -9s.

  • Tom1 says:

    O/T looking at DOH-LHR on BA for a one way redemption (to use Lloyds Upgrade voucher) – paying Avios for WTP to get CW.
    The BA calendar says the dates in April 2019 are peak, yet when I search on the BA website, it shows off-peak (above each column where it shows the day, it says Off-peak).
    Yet going through to the final stage of booking where it tells you the actual Avios/taxes, the amounts are as if it were Peak.
    According to off-peak it should be 26k Avios, but shows 40k which is Peak I believe.
    Any ideas?

    • Anna says:

      Depends which dates in April, as far as I remember peak starts around April 6th and continues until after Easter weekend. If you’re travelling in the school holidays it’s more than likely to be peak.

      • Tom1 says:

        It was 8/9/10 – I just wondered if it was different because it’s a one way starting in Qatar rather than starting in Uk

  • Tony says:

    O/T Taking up the LATAM MAD-FRA flight, so will arrive at FRA around 1740. There is a LH flight back to LHR at 2000. Both flights are to/from same Terminal. Looking for advice if I should take the 2130 flight instead, which is slightly more expansive. I will be travelling HBO. TIA

    • Lady London says:

      I would take the risk. That seems quite a long time between the flights even allowing for a bit of lateness. HBO and same terminal also make it a bit easier. It’s miserable taking the last 2 flights from Frankfurt. I’d take the earlier flight, and I’m very conservative so if I think it’s safe I’ll bet most people will think you’d be very unluckly if your incoming flight arrived so late you miss it.

      • Roger1* says:

        I rarely use FRA these days. It used to be the case that LH and BA used different terminals, IIRC LH in T1 and BA in T2.

        How easy would transferring from LATAM MAD-FRA to BA FRA-LHR be? Thanks.

  • Tony says:

    Kuching is brilliant with kids – took mine there when they were 10, 8 & 5.

    It’s a compact city with a couple of excellent day-trips on offer – the cultural village & Bako national park (you can only get there by boat, do hire a guide, insanely reasonable). There is a 4 points if you’re dead set on using points, but we stayed in the Hilton. Suite on the Club floor for about the same as a Premier Inn in London.

    Then head up to Kota Kinabalu for some beach time?

    You have the benefit of being able to check the weather before you head off, too, I guess! Danang in Vietnam apparently has some kind of microclimate so can be dry when its wet to the North & South.

    • Tony says:

      That was in response to the post way back regarding Lombok alternatives, btw….. Tech fail from me.

  • Rob C says:

    Hi Rob,

    I can’t find any LGW to Hong Kong flights for £1500 or even close on the Qatar website. The cheapest I can find is around £2100. Do you think I have just missed it already or am I looking in the wrong place?


    • Rob says:

      The day I wrote the article they disappeared after November, although November was still there. If you can’t see anything for November then they are gone.

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