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.

Virgin Atlantic reward seat sale

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.

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 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. OT – my wife has 25k in her BA EC account, we are linked in a household account. But the avios don’t show when I log into my BAEC account even though I am head of the household account? We’d like them in one place, is there something I need to do? (Have looked through the BA web site and even the household account info on here but to no avail)


    • Peter K says:

      If you are in a household account it should show your personal avios and separately, just below, the household avios. When redeeming, avios get taken pro rata from each account without any extra work from you.

    • As Peter K says, also you could have the BA app signed into your wife’s account so you can easily check her points balance if you need to.

      • Cheers both – the problem I have is the household account doesn’t reflect her avios, despite showing in her account, and having her linked in the household account. Which is why I was wondering if I needed to do anything to get them showing?

        • You won’t be able to see her balance (or that of anyone else in your HHA) unless you are signed into her account.

        • Genghis says:

          Are you saying her avios are not adding to yours (and others?) in the HHA balance? Perhaps too simple a question but is she actually in the HHA and not just in the friends and family listing?

        • She is in the account Genghis, hence my question I guess. I expected to see her avios in her BA app, but also an increase in the household account balance, but the latter hasn’t happened?

      • Thanks Anna. I guess as long as I know they are there.

  2. OT. Sorry for a very basic question.
    I just got a BAPP card. How often do they transfer Avios to a BA account? How long does it normally take?

    • Peter K says:

      Every month, just before your statement date, Amex sweep across the Avios earned automatically to your BAEC account.

      • Yes, on the front page of your online account under your number of avios, there is a button saying “avios earned”. This takes you to a list of all your avios transactions, so after your first statement you will see which date they move across to your BA account and can work out from there roughly when you will get them each month (there can be a slight difference if, say, the that date falls on a weekend or a bank holiday).

    • 6 days before your statement cut-off date, they sweep across everything due to you for the previous 30 days.

  3. On a completely different topic.. has any one received amex spg points since the merger ?

    My Sept and Oct points have both been posted by Amex but none arrive. I have updated my loyalty number with amex and was told that this will be sorted end of Sept.

  4. O / T – what’s BA silver worth to people now? I’m 75 tier points out with a year end expiry in November?

    Seat selection I’m not fussed about as short haul flights are usually only booked a few days in advance when Bronze gets it free as well. Lounge access would be nice as I don’t go CE on short-haul, although I could just save the £150 it would take to get silver and buy priority pass…

    • You’re getting 15 months of Silver – because your card will run until February 2020 – and £10 per month seems a pretty decent deal on that basis. You should also get better seating options than are shown to you as a Bronze.

      That also assumes you put no value on the trip you get to earn it. Barcelona is £160 return at the moment which will get you 80 tier points in Club Europe.

    • Don’t forget the extra Avios you’ll earn, the business class check in (ie shorter queue, mostly), the extra luggage allowance if that’s needed….

      I’ve been silver since finding this site, would definitely go for it IF you’re going to fly a reasonable amount next year.

    • Kevin C says:

      Silver is really useful if flying economy. Having access to the priority lane in security and being able to board the plane early can be very helpful.

      I often find oneworld lounges to be better than the Priority Pass ones. Of course the advantage of Priority Pass is that you can use it even when not flying BA.

      • Graham Walsh says:

        Agree with this. Liking the fast track abs boarding group 2. Don’t care about the lounges as PP with Amex Plat.

  5. Post from Curve on twitter confirming Amex return…

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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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