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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 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 (October 2021)

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, one has a bonus of 15,000 points):

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending 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 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

Until 2nd November 2021, there is a special offer on The Platinum Card from American Express.

You will receive a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points which converts into 60,000 Virgin Points.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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)

  • brad says:

    In the past all of my amex applications have been approved until not that while ago when I applied for SPG and my application has been unsuccessful. (My credit score is above the average). I calld SPG and they said that I need to contact third party company (Experian) to find out why my application was unsuccessful. I have been in the game for at least 5-6 years.

    • Genghis says:

      Call Amex

    • Andrew says:

      As Genghis says.

      Experian can’t tell you why a credit application was declined, they only supply the raw data on which Amex run their own algorithms.

      Do check your full Experian Report though – just to make sure there is nothing unexpected on it.

  • xcalx says:

    OT Received the IB Avios from the Dufry App. Spent 2 x 200 euros IB Avois posted as 8 lots of 245 for a total of 1960 arrived 6 weeks after purchase.

  • pointsarb says:

    For anyone being rejected from am Amex, I would suggest not writing to Amex to appeal as you are likely to get a ‘stock’ letter answer along the lines of ‘sorry blah blah blah’ do contact us again if your situation changes.

    Instead, call the new applications team and ask to speak to a manager. They will likely need to call you back and it will probably be a manager from the manual underwriting team in Brighton who calls you. If this happens to you, it will be a result from thereon in for your future applications and I speak from experience 🙂 Hope this helps!

  • Martin Clarke says:

    Not sure what you mean by ‘into 2019’ on the Qatar Hong Kong Deal, Rob, I’m looking at February and April and nothing even similar to £1500

    • Rob says:

      Hmmm. Will check again how far out it goes.

    • Planeconcorde says:

      For Qatar LGW – HKG Found £1760 out 12 Apr 19 return 29 Apr 19. That was lowest I could see over Easter.

  • Nick says:

    OT (bit) – as I know we have a lot of Scottish readers and visitors here! Looking for a recommendation for a weekend hotel for a visit to Dundee and St. Andrews. Ideally Hilton for Gold benefits/points but not wedded to them if something else is better. Access to public transport is essential though as I won’t have a car – I have no problems with train and bus connections and a reasonable walk from a station is fine as I’ll only have a rucksack not a suitcase. And anything else not to miss in the area… Thanks!

    • sunguy says:

      There are 2 hiltons in Dundee – a doubletree and a Hampton. Both are in the city centre (though the Hampton marginally more so) – the doubletree is a nicer hotel though.

      Problem is that there arent that many Hiltons in the central belt – the next nearest would be the Dunblane Hydro – which is also a doubletree and not bad either.

      Have to admit though, I always liked what is now the Macdonald Rusacks Hotel in St. Andrews – overlooks the coast and the golf course….

    • BJ says:

      Be aware there are no trains to St Andrews, however, buses are very frequent and take about half an hour. You might want to consider the longer of two bus rides from St Andrews to Edinburgh that goes around the Fife coast. You can take citylink bus or train back to Dundee.

    • totaltool says:

      The Doubletree is a good 3 miles out of the City Centre (nice hotel though). The Hampton is open less than a year and is much more central. If you are coming by train there are several hotels adjacent to the station. Malmaison is good stayed a couple of weeks ago. Newly opened Sleeperz is above station. Never stayed but is getting good reviews. Also a newly rebuilt Premier Inn on the waterfront. Re Dundee worth visiting Discovery and Verdant Works. The new V&A opens from 15 September.

      No idea about hotels in St. Andrews as only ever stayed in a Premier Inn. From Dundee either get train to Leuchars then connecting bus to St Andrews or direct bus from Dundee Bus Station or in town centre.

    • Alan says:

      Doubletree is good but quite a bit out of town if no car.

      If not wedded to Hilton I’d look at the new Hotel Indigo, which is getting very good reviews.

      V&A opens on 15th Sept, is looking good!

    • BTC says:

      Yes, Dundee resident. There’s plenty of choice of new hotels now.
      As others have said, Doubletree is on the outskirts, while the Hampton is in the centre, and a 7 minute walk to the station.

      If you really want off chain, then there’s the TayPark House along in the Leafy West End. Never stayed though, only went for tea.
      There’s a bus stop not too far, and changing in the town isn’t too much of a hassle.

      Vogue online had an article about Scotland’s Sunniest City recently.
      https://www.vogue.com/article/a-travel-guide-to-dundee-scotland-where-to-stay-eat-drink-shop

      Enjoy.

      • Nick says:

        Thanks! Just knew you guys would have some great ideas 🙂 Planning to go after the V&A has opened, looking forward to it a lot. 3 miles out of town is a bit more than I’d like, but the Indigo sounds a good option so will check that out.

        And the Dunblane Hydro is definitely on the list for another trip, just need it to drop the price a little first as I’ve not seen it for less than about £350 a weekend!

        • Andrew says:

          Just had a quick look, depends which room you are going for, but there seems to be plenty available for September. The Hydro is always busy in August with weddings and Edinburgh Fringe goers – it’s less than an hour on the train from Dunblane to Edinburgh and as little as 35 minutes drive to Edinburgh (the UK’s worst) Airport.

          If you are looking for alternatives around Sunny D, Cromlix House is a few miles out of town and very pleasant indeed. Further South, there’s https://www.hotelcolessio.com/ in Stirling – a 5 minute walk from the station and a 5 minute walk to the Castle.

  • ManLikeDave says:

    Just managed to book LHR-KUL-ICN-KUL-LHR for November on MH metal for £1.7k! Which ain’t too bad, particularly, given you get 40 extra tier points and it’s on A359 all the way and back.

    • BJ says:

      If it is this summer I believe at least one of the a350s is bring replaced by an a380 again due to demand.

  • Tom says:

    OT: I have a £500 Tesco gift card but very little use for a £500 Tesco gift card. Does anyone know if I can buy Amazon gift cards for instance with them?

    • Rob says:

      Not sure you can – look at the small print on the back. Selling it on Zeek is an option – you would need to post it to Zeek and they would send it to the buyer. If you drive then Tesco petrol stations will take them too.

      • totaltool says:

        Rob are you sure the petrol stations take them? I thought gift cards for all major shops, Tesco, asda etc could not be used in their petrol stations. Would be delighted to be wrong!

    • Genghis says:

      Yes, you can use Tesco gift cards to buy other cards in store.

      • Tom says:

        Thanks to both of you. I hadn’t considered the Tesco petrol stations but will try and buy other gift cards with most of the gift card as I have a purchase I could do with making from Amazon.

        • Mark2 says:

          There is now a Tesco offer of a coupon for 10p off each litre of fuel when you spend £60. It says not on gift cards, but to my pleasant surprise I got one this morn when I bought John Lewis gift cards (to spend in Waitrose) using a Tesco gift card. This was on top of the surprise that they were doing a petrol promotion again.

  • Brian S says:

    OT: I have the Hilton MR Offer saved on my Plat Card.

    I have a few stays coming up this month so should it it no problem. Does anyone know if the prepayment on a stay counts towards this?

    • Rob says:

      Yes, it will do, although you can never be sure when prepayment is taken. Some hotels don’t bother until the day before check in for example so there is a risk if it is for a stay beyond the end of the promo.

      • KevMc says:

        I usually find that if they haven’t charged the card within 3-4 days, a phone call to the hotel directly asking them to do so usually does the trick.

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