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Save £30 on Economy Delight and £50 on Premium with a new Virgin Atlantic offer

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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.

Virgin Atlantic Economy Delight

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:

Economy Class miles earned

whilst flying in Economy Delight would get you:

Economy delight miles earned

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!

We reviewed Economy Delight last year on a flight to New York which you can read here.

If you want to find out more about the different Economy products, you can read our in depth comparison here.  This page of the Virgin Atlantic site shows you the differences between the fare classes.

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.)

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Comments

  1. Barry cutters says:

    Something that I don’t think has been covered – or maybe Iv just missed it – is upgrading using miles with virgin.

    It’s well documented on here and other sites that WTP to club on ba is an excellent use of points , but is the process as easy/good value on virgin?

    • Jonathan says:

      Much bigger differential between Premium & Upper than BA. PE is a relative bargain in miles terms on Virgin whereas UC is similar to BA so the upgrade cost greater.

  2. Roberto says:

    OT but Virgin Related….
    I got my 12000 virgin mile bonus today for taking out a second Virgin Money card as per Robs article last month.

    I did see a comment yesterday stating that there was no evidence that taking a second card would actually result in getting the bonus – well now there is…

    Had the Plus and applied for the free card early May. Card arrived on the 8th of May. Spent through the £1000 by 13th and 12k miles on yesterday’s statement , 4th June.

    • This is good news

    • Travel Strong says:

      Meanwhile I was immediately rejected for the 2nd card due to already having a card 🙁
      Appeal paperwork has been submitted, and I’ll have to close the virgin cards altogether if I’m still denied.
      What is most annoying is that more loyal customers are being treated the worst. I moved immediately from MBNA… so therefore didn’t get all of the other bonuses given to those who came across later.

    • Also as a further data point I have just got the bonus miles on the plus card, it’s my second card with them having already had the free card for approximately 6 months

      • momomo says:

        This is interesting. I have the basic card (held for just over 5 months) but had been dissuaded from applying for the Plus. I think I’ll risk it and apply. Hopefully my experience follows John’s more closely than Travel Strong’s.

        • Perhaps use a different email ….

          • Roberto says:

            Worked for me…
            ( different email that is )

          • Yeah same plan, different email

          • momomo says:

            For the record, my wife and I used different emails and got flagged as already holding Virgin cards (applications were immediately rejected and explanatory email followed a day later). Oh well, worth the credit score hit I guess.

  3. jamie says:

    Contrary to what the article assumes of the reader – I am more confused about the benefits of Premium over Economy delight! Some analysis of that choice would be welcome

    • Shoestring says:

      refers to Premium Economy vs (standard) Economy, as described on (say) BA or Norwegian. But Virgin uses different descriptions, viz: Economy Classic vs Economy Delight.

      so of course you could compare BA’s Premium Economy to Virgin’s Economy Delight – but that’s not the purpose of this article.

    • Jonathan says:

      There’s one notable difference (that came to my mind when I saw this) is that Premium Economy offers 2x bag (23kg) allowance, Economy Classic and Delight only allow for 1x bag (23kg).

      Some might decide that it’s better to travel in Premium Economy if they really need to take 2x bags with them, since extra baggage fees can start to get quite expensive very quickly, and the price difference between an Economy ticket vs Premium Economy could be roughly the same as buying the extra baggage.

  4. Stuart Silkstone says:

    The original article that is linked to, of 15/5/18, also says you can upgrade to Upper Class from Economy Delight. Is this definitely the case?

    • Lady London says:

      Yes but it will cost you an astounding number of miles plus heavy cash.

    • Costs the same as upgrading from Economy Classic… but you earn miles and tier points at the underlying Delight rate instead of the Classic, because that’s what you originally paid for.

  5. Slightly OT:-
    Wife & I visited Cuba for a weeks holiday, and later Vietnam, within the last 6 months. With the current Trump paranoia about aliens etc, will this have any effect on a first time application for USA travel visa?

    • Just to clarify you mean a full US visa? Vietnam won’t, Cuba may do if there was any suggestion you went there for a business-related reason

      • Thanks.
        I assumed I’d be OK with an ESTA but a friend, who had just had his business visa appl rejected after appeal, says they are tightening up now. I got concerned they might say “You’ve been to Cuba! So now you have to go for a full visa…”

  6. Shoestring says:

    O/T cracking deal over at https://www.shopping.ba.com/retailers/1451/currys-pc-world & earn some Avios, too

    APPLE 10.5″ iPad Pro (2017) – 64 GB, Gold/ Rose Gold for £399 when you trade in any old working tablet (ie sale price + another £100 off). It might have been launched in 2017 but it’s a very highly rated model, now getting sold off as the new version is due. Not the latest or best spec iPad out there but pretty good value & perfect for my daughter.

    I traded in a 2014 Amazon Fire tablet that I got for free, in great condition but which nobody had used for the last 3 years.

    There’s also Silver in some stores but not online.

  7. Virgin Atlantic CC promotion
    Had recently taken the free VA CC and spent the £1000 for the welcome bonus
    There were reports with people on the + version getting incentives to continue spending after the welcome bonus threshold
    Anyone on the free version has been targeted recently or been in touch with their CS enquiring?

  8. Roger says:

    Any further smart redemption from TLV on any Arline flying toward Japan or Korea?

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