Virgin Atlantic has launched special Bank Holiday deals with decent prices in Upper Class and Economy.
Until Tuesday 28th May you can find reduced fares on flights to the US and the Caribbean this Summer.
There are also special fares out of Manchester to the US which you can book until Friday 31st May.
There are also ‘flight and hotel’ deals which can be found here – the advertised saving is ‘10% off’ packages.
Looking at Upper Class, there are some deals available for travel during July and August (Sunday night stay required):
Upper Class prices out of London are:
New York from £1,881 return
Washington from £1,631 return
Boston from £1,856 return
Upper Class prices out of Manchester are:
New York from £1,560 return
There are also some decent lead-in deals in Economy to the US and the Caribbean.
Return flights from London Gatwick to the Caribbean include:
Barbados from £426 (£399 from Manchester)
St. Lucia from £468
Jamaica from £520
Grenada from £435
Tobago from £455
These flights have to be booked by Tuesday 28th May for travel between 1st July and 31st August.
Economy flights from London and Manchester to the US have to be booked by Friday 31st May. Travel dates vary by city but you are generally looking at Autumn or early 2020 travel to get the prices below.
Return flights from London to the US include:
Boston from £267 return
New York from £267 return
Orlando from £270 return
Los Angeles from £316 return
Miami from £277 return
Return flights from Manchester to the US start at £345 return:
Boston from £370 return
New York from £346 return
Atlanta from £399 return
Orlando from £350 return
Las Vegas from £497 return
Los Angeles from £350 return
Full details of the deals available can be found on the Virgin Atlantic flight deals website here. You need to book by Tuesday for London departures and next Friday for Manchester departures.
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.
(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.)