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Make Virgin Atlantic savings this weekend including £60 off Premium Economy flights

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Virgin Atlantic has launched some special deals for Premium and Economy flights.

Until Monday 1st July:

you can save £30 on Economy flights to Orlando

you can save up to £60 on Premium flights from London to select destinations

Save £30 on Economy flights to Orlando

To get £30 off Economy flights to Orlando, you need to select ‘advance search’ and use the promo code MCOPR when booking.

The promo code is valid on Economy flights from London Gatwick to Orlando in December 2019 or from Manchester to Orlando AT ANY TIME except for October 2019 and February 2020.  The booking page is here.

Save £60 on Premium tickets

Destinations included in the ‘£60 off Premium’ offer are:

Boston from £663 return (27th Oct – 12th Dec 2019 and 24th Dec 2019 – 27th Mar 2020)

New York from £713 return (27th Oct – 12th Dec 2019 and 24th Dec 2019 – 27th Mar 2020)

Washington from £773 return (27th Oct – 12th Dec 2019, 24th Dec 2019 – 7th Jan 2020 and 15th Feb – 27th Mar 2020)

Seattle from £803 return (27th Oct – 12th Dec 2019, 24th Dec 2019 – 7th Jan 2020 and 15th Feb – 27th Mar 2020)

San Francisco from £869 return (27th Oct – 12th Dec 2019, 24th Dec 2019 – 7th Jan 2020 and 15th Feb – 27th Mar 2020 )

Atlanta from £1123 return (27th Oct – 12th Dec 2019, 24th Dec 2019 – 7th Jan 2020 and 15th Feb – 27th Mar 2020)

Mumbai from £813 return (16th Aug – 16th Oct 2019, 22nd Oct – 27th Nov 2019 and 25th Dec 2019 – 3rd Apr 2020)

Hong Kong from £853 return (3rd Sep – 12th Sep 2019 and 1st Nov – 12th Dec 19)

Johannesburg from £1275 return (1st Jul – 8th Oct 2019, 28 Oct – 3rd Dec 2019 and 1st Jan – 30th Apr 2020 )

All stays must include a Sunday night except for Boston where a Saturday night is required. You do not need a code for this promotion. The booking page for the Premium offer is here.

Virgin Atlantic is also still offering savings 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. You must book by Friday 5th July 2019.

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.

The Virgin Atlantic Tel Aviv booking page is here.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (April 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 points bonus 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel 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 a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (75)

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  • Olly says:

    Any idea yet on which NYC flights the new A350s will be rolled out to first?

  • Relaxo says:

    OT – is 2.5 hrs connection time sufficient for JNB? Get in from LHR at 10.30 & considering 13.00 flight to CPT. Separate tickets so will need to collect/drop off bags.

    • Shoestring says:

      Should be but ask yourself what your contingency plan is when original flight gets delayed 2.5hrs

      • Stu_N says:

        I wouldn’t risk it. You’d need to check bags in for onward flight 45mins – 1 hour before departure so realistically you have 1h 30 tolerance. You could easily take an hour to get through immigration, customs and baggage reclaim, which leaves you 30 mins buffer for delays to inbound flight. I’d take a later flight to Cape Town.

        • Relaxo says:

          Thanks both. Yeah I think it would be cutting it close. Have no idea how efficient JNB immigration is either. Will take the 3pm connection instead.

    • Craig says:

      Have a look at the historical delays for the flight you are taking into JNB? I did similar to you and went for the later flight, it wasn’t worth the risk.

    • Olly says:

      We had a 2 hr connection from Virgin to Comair in Feb and got delayed so missed it by about half an hour. Play safe would be my advice

  • Shoestring says:

    just got £500 of Morrisons vouchers – deadline next week for statement credit – mgr checked on their stock in safe for me & knew all about the Amex promo, thought it was a neat idea to get the discount

    • Freddy says:

      Electricity and gas deals yesterday, Morrisons vouchers today – it’s non-stop, your on a roll!!

    • BJ says:

      Check your nectar, you might have another 750 points offer for Virgin Trains.

      • Shoestring says:

        we both have 100 points for next shop at Sainsbury’s (no £ hurdle) – Aspirin 30p or a newspaper springs to mind

  • First Olly says:

    For those who use car hire companies I’ve just done a Status Match from my HH Diamond to National car hire Emerald Club and been given Executive Elite status getting it within 2 days. The only thing is I had to join first on their UK website. A Google search of Emerald Club Status Match gets to the page and its a case of uploading your Hilton status. I’ve never used them so can’t comment on if they’re any good but I’m sure some on here may offer an opinion as to if it is worth the 4 minutes to do it. Also, I read a headline that you can link it with Enterprise but I’ve got to look into that.

  • Shoestring says:

    O/T anybody else going to enter the DM Fantasy Share Picking Game? I’ve got 3 entries (self, wife, son). Weekly prize £500. Tip: which you’ll only win by going for some esoteric AIM share (etc) that doubles in the week.

  • Mike says:

    OT: On Armed Forces Day – To all those Serving Personnel and Veterans – Thank you for your service.

    • Mark2 says:


    • Craig says:

      You’re welcome.

    • Alex W says:

      +1. I wonder if there is appetite for a military-specific points and miles blog in the UK, as there is in the US. I’m sure the bean counters would frown upon it, but everyone’s doing it. I’ve seen plenty of brass in the F lounge!

    • BJ says:


  • Alex W says:

    75k points is ludicrous. Just checked the Parisian can be had for £178 best flex. That’s 0.24p per point.

    • Alex W says:

      Correction just seen £149 best flex – less than 0.2p / point!

  • RussellH says:

    OT IHG Question
    [Though we did visit the Venetian in Macau back in February – it took me ages to find the bar while my partner fed all her cash into a fruit machine…]

    Over the years we have often used the Ramada Dover before taking a ferry, usually on a points+cash basis. [Not a great hotel, but very convenient and does have a half decent restaurant and with points+cash usually better value than the Premier Inns.]
    I went to look at prices yesterday – it is no longer listed at Wyndham Rewards.
    Duck Duck Go search showed that it is now ‘The Leaf Hotel’, but one of the listings mentioned ‘IHG’.
    Search IHG for Dover, everything is way outside Dover, *unless* you scroll down to the bottom. There is ‘The Leaf Hotel’, flagged, ‘New to IHG’, but no IHG branding. Looking at pricing, I see ‘Rewards Bookings not available’. No mention as to whether points earning is available.
    Hotel is under the same ownership as the HIE Canterbury.
    Anyone seen this sort of thing before?

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      Yes theres a property near Dorking which is the same, no brand but listed on ihg app and no redemptions. Going to be a Voco? Or perhaps not yet selected?

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