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Save 25% on Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy tickets when two or more travel

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Starting today and running until Thursday, Virgin Atlantic will be running a ‘two together’ discount as it winds up its January sale.

You can save 25% on group bookings of two or more passengers, in Premium Economy only, on the following routes:

  • London Gatwick to Barbados
  • London Heathrow to Barbados
  • London Gatwick to Jamaica
  • London Gatwick to Antigua

  • Manchester to Boston
  • Manchester to New York
  • Manchester to Las Vegas
  • Manchester to Orlando
  • Manchester to Los Angeles

Take a look at the Virgin Atlantic website here for details.

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 double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.

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 (98)

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  • TGLoyalty says:

    Do you mean the money off coupon? It’s once per account but can be linked to and used on multiple accounts.

    Or do you mean for using points in general as that’s an awful return for your points.

  • Bob M says:

    OT- Question regarding BA Amex cards.

    If you were to use the free BA Amex with card year starting in January, reach £10k spend in December and upgrade to trigger the 241 voucher with the BAPP card which you then want to keep for the following year. Would you then have to pay the £195 fee in the December, then pay it again the following month at the start of the next card year?

  • Alex says:

    Must sound like a noob question, but still – how do I actually book Oneworld flights on BA website? I can see the flights I need on LATAM website (Santiago – Lima), but nothing there on BA.

    On a separate note, I have about 300K avios, 2 x BA 241 and 2 x Lloyds vouchers. What are my best options for Lima – there are no BA redemptions available for the dates I need. I could do London – Santiago via BA 24q, and then Santiago – Lima for cash, or are there better options (via Iberia, transferring points to LATAM etc)?


    • John says:

      If you’re talking about paid flights you have to book with the actual airline or a travel agent, unless BA offers a codeshare which can be booked standalone (else it needs to connect to a BA flight).

      You book avios redemptions on oneworld airlines on the BA website

      You can’t transfer avios to LATAM

    • Lottie says:

      I decided on scl with my 241 plus using avios to book scl to Lima reward flights on late via the BA website. Can also do a return only using avios on Iberia they don’t work doing one ways. Baggage is strange on latm as it depends on the class and which part of latm is selling the ticket. I booked 4 internal flights and they all had a different baggage allowance. Free bag if you are BA silver

    • Tracy says:

      I have used my 241 for London to Lima, avois redemption on Latam for Lima to Cancun (5.5 hrs though), and return on the 241 for cancun to London. Gets me a 2 centre holiday with Machu Picchu (Avios redemptions Lima to Cusco and return) and a beach break in Cancun. I did book it all as soon as flights were released, not sure what availability is like closer to the time…….

  • Waddle says:

    OT: Amex Platinum Supps
    I understand Platinum members can get one additional Plat then any combination of 4 Gold or Green cards. May I ask if there’s any difference between the Gold or Green cards? Does the Gold supp have any of the Gold CC benefits like double points on airline purchases? Or is the choice of Gold or Green purely aesthetic? I plan on getting my other half the Platinum supp and want to take out another supp but wondering if I should go for one over another.

    • Rob says:

      Aesthetic, as far as I know. You are NOT getting a Preferred Rewards Gold so no lounge passes etc.

  • Jordan D says:

    Amex Travel Offer query – I’ve got the spend £600, get £200 back: can’t tell from the T&Cs but is cumulative spend (i.e. multiple flights) ok, or does it have to be £600 in one transaction?

    • Alan says:

      Cumulative is fine – lots of us have had success with this 🙂

      • Dale says:

        I’ve never had any success finding flights that aren’t more expensive on Amex Travel, totally negates the offer imho

        • Shoestring says:

          Exactly the same fare in my experience (European short haul).

          But T-330 days vs T-355 doesn’t help.

  • rams1981 says:

    OT Lloyd’s upgrade voucher vs BA website. Have 2 vouchers in my name and Mrs name. Booked as two outbound with one voucher and the two return with the other. Seems to have led to a higher tax than pricing as a return x 2 passengers. Is this normal?

    • BJ says:

      It can work both ways depending on destination. Personally, I’m alwayshappy to pay a premium for 2x one way as it provides more flexibility.

  • John2 says:

    I have made an Avios booking in the past. I have now made another booking for different people for the same flight, all part of one family. Can I somehow merge the bookings so they will all sit together?

    • Rob says:

      If you are Gold, yes. Call BA, it is called TCP (‘to complete party’). If not Gold, no.

    • Shoestring says:

      You can’t do the more formal TCP by right but you can phone & get the bookings ‘linked’. This always worked for us when as a family we had 4 Avios tickets + 1 cash ticket, so 2 different booking references – they did some kind of informal TCP or linking so that we sat together.

      [I guess it *was* TCP, tbh, not that I've got status. Just be pleasant on the phone, works wonders.]

      & stress the family aspect.

    • Pierre says:

      yup, link PNR would work as well for non-Golds.
      If less than 3 days before departure and you’re passing by an airport, you can also try to link them in the system (soft link mind you, you’d get the seating but keep the 2 PNRs)

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