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Virgin Flying Club launches a redemption seat sale on selected US economy routes

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

Full details are on their website here.

You can book until 31st October for flights before 12th December.

These deals run until 31st October.  All dates during this period are priced at the lower standard level under the Virgin Flying Club redemption chart so you really are getting the lowest possible mileage price.

Virgin Atlantic reward seat sale

Economy redemptions are booked as ‘Economy Classic’ tickets.  You can pre-select seats and checked baggage is free.  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 25% off the miles required, these may still not be good deals on cheaper days.  Taxes and charges are still payable although they are a notch lower than what British Airways asks for World Traveller Avios redemptions.

These are the routes which are reduced by 25%:

  • London Heathrow to New York (Newark and JFK)
  • London Heathrow to Miami
  • London Gatwick to Orlando
  • Manchester to Orlando
  • Manchester to New York JFK
  • Glasgow to Orlando

Here are some example return prices in Economy:

Miami (from Heathrow) – 18,600 miles + £267

Orlando (from Gatwick) – 18,600 miles + £236

New York (from Manchester) – 15,000 + £241

Remember that you must complete your travel by 12th December.

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.

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

To maximise your miles when paying the taxes, 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.

Full details of the reward flight sale are here.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 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):

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER TO 2ND OCTOBER) 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points 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 (93)

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  • Graham Walsh says:

    OT Meant to be flying LHR > DBX this evening with Virgin in PE. At check in they said flight cancelled so they were going to book us in the 2115 Emirates flight. Moved over to the ticketing desk, one more to go and they come over and say flight is running. Back to check in. A quick trip to aspire for free glass of bubbles and over to No.1. Eating some food and a text arrived saying VS flight cancelled. Collect your bags. Head down to baggage reclaim and VS staff say they don’t have hotels so either go home or get your own hotel. So booked CP at T4. Smells so new!!

    So now on the EK at 0905 tomorrow in Economy. So not the PE we booked. Also means we lose 11hrs in DXB due to late arrival.

    Am guessing EU261 will kick in? Can I claim back the difference from PE and economy?

  • I know which side my bread is buttered says:

    Possibly: involuntary downgrade PE —> E = 75% compo vs fare for that leg. Some airlines try to claim you accepted it so no compo – wrong.

    Cancellation, flight more than 3500 km, compo EUR 600 (provided no extraordinary circs).

    Duty of care – hotel, comms, drinks (not booze).

    • Graham Walsh says:


      What was really odd was that we grabbed something to eat in the restaurant (they close at 1030) and the waitress mentioned that the meal would be free due to the cancelled flight via the manager.

  • jono says:

    have virgin every run first class ticket sales as above?
    or is 25% off 115,000 miles too much for virgin to bear??

    • Rob says:

      They have at times but on restricted routes.

    • Graham Walsh says:

      Considering two planes down last night not sure they can afford to run a sale. JFK flight affected too I understand.

  • Dale says:

    Are there actually ANY comments on this thread about the actual topic?? Virgin redemption sale if anyone has forgotten???

    I looked for flights Glasgow to Orlando in the time period but couldn’t see any availability whatsoever. HAs anyone had any luck??

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