Starting today, and running until Saturday, Virgin Atlantic is offering upgrades from Economy Classic to Economy Delight for just £30 each way.
This is an EXCEPTIONALLY good deal and you’d be mad to turn it down. There are two good reasons – one relating to comfort and one relating to miles.
First up is comfort. Here is the difference between Economy Classic and Economy Delight:
Economy Classic: Standard Economy fare with checked luggage included, can be upgraded to Premium Economy with miles
Economy Delight: Extra legroom (34″ pitch), priority check-in and priority boarding, can be upgraded to Premium Economy with miles
So …. for £30 you are getting extra three inches of legroom, priority check-in and priority boarding. This is clearly worth doing. Both tickets types come with free seat selection.
And that’s before we get to reason two to upgrade – more miles.
Economy Classic: earns 50% of miles flown plus 25 tier points each-way
Economy Delight: earns 150% of miles flown plus 50 tier points each-way
This makes the £30 deal a no-brainer. Flying to San Francisco, for example, you’d earn an extra 5,350 Virgin Flying Club miles (which I’d value at £53.50) each way.
This page of the Virgin Atlantic site shows you the differences between the fare classes.
The Virgin Atlantic booking page is here. Date restrictions apply.
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.
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