Virgin Atlantic seems to have launched an exceptionally good Business Class sale to North America.
I say ‘seems’ because we haven’t been told about and it isn’t being promoted online, but the fares are definitely available on the Virgin Atlantic website.
Here are the headline prices. Importantly, they are bookable at these prices – I found availability for the prices I list below:
Atlanta – £1264
Boston – £1304
Chicago – £1068
Detroit – £1264
Los Angeles – £1404
Miami – £1334
Nashville – £1214
New York – £1294
San Francisco – £1454
Washington – £1064
Calgary – £1247
Montreal – £1053
Toronto – £1099
Winnipeg – £1253
Other destinations are available if you have a play around on the site.
Flights are either direct on Virgin Atlantic or on a combination of Virgin Atlantic and Delta, with occasionally WestJet used for Canadian connections. The usual miles and tier points will be earned.
The Virgin Atlantic website has a ‘search over 5 weeks’ feature which lets you easily see the cheapest dates around your preferred travel period. The best fares require a Tuesday or Wednesday departure.
The fare rules are very generous:
Book by 15th September
Travel before 29th March 2019, excluding 12th – 26th December
In reality there is very little chance of these fares sitting around until 15th September, either because there are only limited seats available or because Virgin Atlantic pulls the deal.
You can book on the Virgin Atlantic website here.
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 (October 2022)
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):
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.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into 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.)