Virgin Atlantic has launched a special deal for Premium and Economy Delight flights.
Until Tuesday 11th June:
you can save £30 on Economy Delight flights to all Virgin Atlantic destinations
you can save £50 on Premium (Virgin’s name for Premium Economy) flights to the US
Full details are on the Virgin Atlantic website here. You do not need a promo code to book the offer.
In addition Virgin Atlantic has launched an offer for flights from London to Tel Aviv:
you can save £30 per person on Upper Class flights from London to Tel Aviv
you can save £20 per person on Economy and Premium flights from London to Tel Aviv
For this offer you need to add the promo code FLC03 when booking. The offer is for travel between 1st November 2019 and 11th December 2019 as well as 1st January to 31st March 2020.
What are the Premium deals?
Lead in fares for return flights in Premium from London to the US include:
Boston from £684
New York from £724
Miami from £831
Lead in fares for return flights in Premium from Manchester to the US include:
New York from £690
Los Angeles from £797
Orlando from £796
Travel dates cover the Winter season, from 27th October to 27th March 2020. There are blackout dates in the run up to Christmas, but you can travel between Christmas Eve and early January.
What do I get with an Economy Delight deal?
The benefits of Premium over standard Economy tend to be obvious. You might be less clear about the difference between Economy Delight and Economy Classic on Virgin Atlantic.
An extra saving of £30 for Economy Delight flights should make it easier to decide whether or not it’s worth spending a bit extra for a better Economy experience.
There are two good reasons – one relating to comfort and one relating to miles. Most people only look at the first one and don’t bother to work out the impact of the improved mileage earning, which is a mistake.
First up is comfort.
Economy Classic: Standard Economy fare with checked luggage included, can be upgraded to Premium Economy with miles
Economy Delight: Extra legroom (34″ pitch), priority check-in and priority boarding, can be upgraded to Premium Economy with miles
The second reason is more miles.
Economy Classic: earns 50% of miles flown plus 25 tier points each-way
Economy Delight: earns 150% of miles flown plus 50 tier points each-way
How many more miles would I earn with Economy Delight?
Here are two sample screen shots, based on being a base level (Red) Virgin Flying Club member. Flying to Los Angeles in Economy Classic would get you:
whilst flying in Economy Delight would get you:
As you can see, you will earn an extra 10,908 miles on a return flight. These are worth £109 if you assume 1p per mile. You can add in the very substantial benefit of the extra legroom for 24 hours of flying time.
In general Economy Delight is usually priced at £100 return above Economy Classic. You should find the gap is even lower during this sale.
On the longer Virgin Atlantic flights the additional cost of Economy Delight is virtually offset by the additional Virgin Flying Club miles you earn. The extra leg room and other benefits are pretty much free!
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.
You can book the £30 off Economy Delight and £50 off Premium fares on the Virgin Atlantic website here.
How to earn Virgin Atlantic miles from UK credit cards
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Flying Club miles from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Flying Club miles. That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.
(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles? 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.)