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Virgin Atlantic to launch flights to Sao Paulo in 2020

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In an interesting development, Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will be launching flights between London Heathrow and Sao Paulo in Brazil in 2020.

It will be a daily service, although flight times and the exact start date have not yet been released.  It will use a Boeing 787 aircraft so you won’t get the brand new Upper Class which is going onto the A350 fleet – and which will be launched on 8th April.

This is Virgin’s first route into South America.  It will go up against British Airways and LATAM, who both offer direct services from Heathrow.  The press release stresses that Virgin Holidays will be launching a full programme to Brazil alongside the launch, which implies that the leisure arm of the group now has some say over where the airline chooses to fly.

Tickets will be on sale “later in 2019” so don’t start looking for cash or Flying Club redemption seats just yet.

We will do a further article when seats become bookable.

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 (34)

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  • Liam says:

    OT — I have an Amex Gold credit card. If I get a supplementary card, will this come with its own Lounge Club card, including the two free passes?

  • Bootlace says:

    The (Arthur) Negus livery, how apt, most of BA’s clapped out 747’s are Antiques….

  • Qwerty Bertie says:

    Looking for some Hilton advice please. Has anybody here used the 2x points rate? I’ve only ever used the AA or HH discount flexible rates, or the advance rate in the sales, but I’m eyeing up a room which is £89 AA or £99 2 x points. Both are flexible, but thought I should actually consider which is best rather than assume it’s the cheapest.

    Long story short, my question is does the double rate apply only to base spend or to total points i.e. including HH status bonus points? Either way, based on my personal valuation of 0.4p per point, it wouldn’t quite make sense on this occasion, but maybe it would on some future bookings…

  • Alex Sm says:

    My partner and I managed to see all three existing BA vintage liveries in one day last Sunday! +Aer Lingus one

    One from Staybridge Suites window in the morning and two from Hatton Cross in the afternoon. Pics here:

    Rob, thanks for your updates on these (though serial numbers would be helpful to mention as well, for tracking)

  • Jonathan says:

    São Paulo is a bit of odd place to fly to in Brazil, especially if VA’s targets are tourists. Rio De Janeiro is the main tourist city of the country, followed closely by Salvador (only Air Europa, a Spanish airline and part of Sky Team) fly there directly from Europe. Although many people who’ve got friends and or family in Brazil would fly into São Paulo first, since its the biggest city in the country, and has good domestic flight connections to the rest of the country, maybe this is the start of Virgin Atlantic looking into routes directly to South America, before this it could only be done with a connection in the United States and with Delta on at least one of the legs.

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