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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.

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How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (July 2021)

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You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, one has a bonus of 15,000 Points):

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Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

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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:

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Comments (34)

  • Mr Dee says:

    Lets hope a good reduction in taxes for the Sao Paulo route, I think Virgin have a real opportunity to move over BA Avios users with the recent Amex changes…

    • Oh Matron! says:

      Well, Bond appears to have been years ahead of his time… 🙂

      This is huge: whilst Virgin have ZERO partners in S.America, Sky Team has AerolineasArgentina, so it’s not out of the realms of impossibility that there may be, at the very least, an interline with them.

      This really opens up places like patagonia, etc, etc so a none BA fanboy like my good self

      • JAXBA says:

        Delta also has a partnership with Brazilian airline GOL that probably could be extended to VS.

    • ChrisC says:

      You mean the airline fees as opposed to actual government imposed taxes and airport charges.

      But yes if VS reduces their surcharges (which are really part of the base fare) then yes they could attracts some BA flyers.

      I’d credit airlines a lot more if they just called their fees on redemptions a ‘redemption usage fee’ and were more open about it and stopped their call centre staff calling them ‘taxes’

  • Paul says:

    This livery thing a fake newscabout being 100 years old is frankly rediculous.

    That said, what would be neat would be seeing all the livery flying in formation or on the ground at same time

  • Daniel says:

    Erm… Malaysia don’t have first class anymore. It’s “Business Suites” or other such marketing nonsense…

  • KBuffett says:

    OT – does anyone know if it’s worth contacts hotels directly to try and get a better reservation deal than those quoted on their Marriott website? I’m Marriott Titanium Elite so would prefer to book directly.

    Looking to stay at either Ritz Carlton or Le Royal Meridien in Dubai. Can anyone advise if I would get free breakfast and any lounge access at either of these resorts?

    • Steve says:

      Just extended stay by a night at Al Hamra Ritz Carlton in Ras Al Khaimah by speaking to front desk, was quoted the same as online members rate. Titanium elite status here too. Current member rate offer here includes breakfast, worth checking the rate details to see if the same applies in RC Dubai if not check Amex FHR rates, it was only £10 more for 2 at Al Hamra and would normally include $100 credit and other benefits.

    • BJ says:

      Had success with this st Hilton. When you call ask for the conference and events office, not reception or reservations.

  • Sussex bantam says:

    Not many comments in bits today – is there something else going on ?!?

    • Russ says:

      Yes it is quite. *sips tea, reads paper*

    • Steve says:

      Probably because there are only so many articles you can read on meaningless paint jobs.

    • ADS says:

      there’s over 500 comments already on the main article – guess that’s sucking in most of the commenting activity today !

      • Catalan says:

        Those’ll be the moaners and groaners who spent a lifetime strategising how to churn cards for points with very little spend. It’s all blown up in their faces.
        Who’d have thought!

        • BJ says:

          Well, I admit I was one of those but no moaning and groaning, just makes the hobby more challenging and fun 🙂

  • Paul says:

    o/t With regards to previously UPGRADED Amex Gold (chargecard) to Plat – Can anyone remind me please:
    1) when is the first annual fee charged for the Plat? I assume it (£450) is charged 12 months after original gold approval date – correct?
    2) are there any MR awarded on renewal and if so how many and when posted?


    • Stuart_f says:

      1) when is the first annual fee charged for the Plat?

      £450 charged on the first statement after upgrading. If it was 12 months after the Gold approval, you could get a free year of Plat if it worked that way! It doesn’t.

      2) are there any MR awarded on renewal and if so how many and when posted?

      None, unless you phone them to cancel and arrange some sort of retention bonus but what you are offered depends on personal spend.

    • Mark2 says:

      1) it may vary but many people (including me) have not been charged until the anniversary of getting the Gold card.

  • Victor says:

    So a 100 year anniversary celebraated with only insignias from the last 50 or so?

    Even the BA marketing people know it’s not a real centenary.

    J Sainsbury opened his first grocery shop in 1869 – THAT is a real anniversary.

  • john says:

    Of course, one should use the Qatar lounge instead of the Malaysian (business) lounge(s) as it is far better.. When I was there in October 2017 and the morning Qatar flight had left, we were the only ones left in the lounge!

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