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ENDS TUESDAY: Virgin Atlantic Bank Holiday flight sale deals now on

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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.

Full details are on this special Virgin Atlantic website.

Virgin Upper Class sale

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

Virgin Atlantic Economy Delight

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

Virgin Atlantic Easter sale

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 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 (December 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):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 bonus points 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) 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 (32)

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  • Adam says:

    Morning Rob.

    Monday is 27th.

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Those are some cheap economy seats. Guessing the PE and UC seats will be supplementing the cost and obviously the last minute bookers.

  • Renaud says:

    Couldn’t find any of these prices for the Caribbean Economy in August. Availability for Tobago and St Lucia is very limited, Barbados start at £800pp.

    • Anna says:

      Because it’s school holidays of course and the opportunity to fleece families who can’t travel in term time. That said, you can get a holiday in the US or Caribbean at that time of year for the same price as going to the Med!

      • Rob says:

        Caribbean is great in Summer. Colder than Spain but just where you want it – Barbados is a fairly reliable 27 degrees all year – and about 1 hour of torrential rain per day, after which it dries up in 5 minutes. The upside is lower prices than Spain / Portugal and, of course, a substantially nicer place to be.

        My wife has decided that Portugal is the place to go this August and we are looking at around €800 per night for a good quality 5-star resort, given we need a suite or two rooms – and even that won’t be near a beach (take Martinhal Cascais as an example). Mallorca would be double that at, say, the St Regis (current cheapest room, and we’d need two, for early August is €768 per night, non refundable, room only). Give me Barbados any day.

        • SimonW says:

          We booked a family suite at the Anantara for August. Or the Conrad is very good – but came in more expensive.

        • Anna says:

          Indeed, the 3 of us are spending 3 weeks in Grand Cayman in August travelling in CW both ways and staying in a very nice 2 bedroom, 3 bathroom apartment next to a lovely white beach for the duration. Flights (2 of which are redemptions with a 2 4 1), accommodation and car hire were just under £4k, not a cheap option by any means but terrific value compared with Europe. The only downside is the humidity but that’s what air con and (3) swimming pools are for!

      • Renaud says:

        Yes, I’m fully aware of that, I was just writing to manage any readers expectations about finding a bargain for the Caribbean this summer. I’m just glad I was able to grab the Iberia Business promo for Mexico at these dates 2 days ago!

        • Anna says:

          You’ve left it really late to book for the summer holidays though. In the autumn sale last year BA were asking £2.5 k for a return CW flight, one night in a hotel and 3 weeks’ car hire in Grand Cayman. I booked this for my OH while I bagged award CW aware seats for me and my son at T-355.

          • Renaud says:

            Oh yes, I know that. Every year we promise we’ll book earlier, but end up booking quite late even though we’ve known our holiday dates for a long time 🙁

  • Chris M says:

    Anyone know of any search tips on Virgin Atlantic website to help find the advertised fares? Do they have an equivalent of the BA low fares finder? Also does adding on a regional segment add a fair sum?

    • John says:

      Try Google flights

      • Roberto says:

        However they are advertising 7 nigth Barbados holidays in July out of Gatwick from £530 which just are not there. I checked every date and its bogus.

  • AndyGWP says:

    OT: Shoestring- what’s your trick for free, non-status, seat selection on BA? (do you check-in online and then just change it at the Airport terminal?) – I’m HBO if that makes a difference

    • John says:

      Yes, but you can’t issue a boarding pass otherwise it won’t be changeable any longer. Or have a child or book First or a full fare J.

      • AndyGWP says:

        Great – thanks John 🙂 appreciated

        • David says:

          If you’re looking to save money, I think just paying for seat selection should come before the “have a child” option…

          • Scallder says:

            It’s only infants you get the free seat selection for so under 2. Our one turns 2 in October so lose it after that!

            And as David says – much cheaper to just pay for seat selection! 🙂

      • Shoestring says:

        Yep don’t get a PDF BP either because that finalises your seat same as printing

        • AndyGWP says:

          Doh – so there’s no kiosks in Manchester anyways… never knew (or needed to know) that before. Oh well 🙂 thanks anyways

  • JC says:

    OT but Virgin related: has anyone had trouble getting the Virgin companion voucher to trigger? I hit the £10k spend on the Reward + card but am being told I have to wait until my card anniversary date (Dec) to get the voucher.

    • Steve says:

      I received mine within 2 days of hitting £10k spend. An email should come through to confirm. Have a look on your Virgin Atlantic statement if its not there call CS

  • zayn says:

    plan to book this great offer with virgin business in August to NYC does anyone know if it will be with the New A350 and new cabin ?

    Thank you

    • Rob says:

      1 JFK flight should be A350 in August but no idea which one.

  • zayn says:

    struggling to find the £1,881 return flights on business in July or August on Virgin site. Google flights show all flights whether BA , Delta, Virgin at £1924 return. Did the £1,881 offer get removed ?

    • Rob says:

      We got 3 emails across Thu and Fri changing the ‘headline prices’. Not sure Virgin knows what is going on.

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