Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Virgin Atlantic launches a special New York City World Pride flight for 2019

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

Virgin Atlantic is launching a unique flight to take you to the World Pride event in New York next June.

This will be a flight like no other, it’s fair to say.  Staffed entirely by LGBT+ pilots and cabin crew, it will be hosted by Tituss Burgess – a Broadway musical actor and star of the Netflix show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – and will feature special guests and live performances. 

It will include an on board DJ, ‘Drag-Queen Bingo’, a Judy Garland singalong, inter-seat speed dating and special in-flight entertainment.

Virgin Atlantic pride flight New York 2019

A portion of ticket sales from the flight will be donated to The Attitude Magazine Foundation in the UK.  Further fundraising and raffles will take place on-board.

The flight departs from Heathrow to Newark on 28th June.  Flexible return dates are available.

Flight-only information is on the Virgin Atlantic website here.  Economy seats start at £380 so there doesn’t seem to be any surcharge for the entertainment, given that June is approaching peak season.  You can only book by telephone.

Flight plus hotel packages are available via Virgin Holidays here.


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

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

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus 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 & two 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.

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.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel 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 sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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 (135)

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

  • BJ says:

    OT for anybody heading to Oz and interested in combining with Hong Kong: You might want to consider using avios, 241s, Lloyds vouchers, Virgin miles, Alaska miles etc before YQ returns in conjunction with a £720 business class return from HKG to main Oz cities with Garuda. Cost could get below £1300pp plus miles soent – miles earned via Garuda. Hat tip to LL for Garuda fare.

  • Kevin C says:

    I have been at an event where Tituss Burgess gave a speech and he is very, very funny.

  • J says:

    OT can a holder of a personal platinum amex get the welcome bonus for the business gold (where the business card is for a company)?

  • Vivian says:

    O/T £25 off £100 spend at Bloomingdales

    Participating locations are selected stores in 13 US states. Terms also state “Promotion is intended for UK, CMs only” – what does “CMs” mean? cardmembers?

  • Alan says:

    Nice deal – all sorted for USD card 🙂

  • Rob says:

    I take that to mean that 40 retailers give you rewards (but there are a few million others where you can just spend it).

  • Adrian says:

    Rob, Marriott’s 29 ways to stay is finally live today. I played and won 50 points!

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.