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Virgin Atlantic launches good US Upper Class flight sale – works for solo travellers too!

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Virgin Atlantic has launched a good sale on many of its US routes.

This seems to be in response to the current British Airways sale, which is exceptionally cheap – see our article here – but which requires two people to travel.

The Virgin Atlantic deal does NOT require two people to travel.  Solo travellers who were annoyed by the British Airways sale can jump in now.  (If there ARE two of you travelling, you might find the British Airways prices to be better so check those too.)

Here are the rules:

you must book seven days in advance of travel – so the earliest you can book, given this was published on Saturday 17th, is on Saturday 24th

you must travel outbound by 30th September

you must return by 10th October

you must stay away for a Saturday night

Virgin Atlantic US sale

How good are the prices?

Here are a sample of Upper Class deals:

Boston £1,486

Washington £1,486

New York £1,486 (this includes the new A350 service which launches on 10th September on the 13.30 Heathrow service, excluding Thursdays)

Las Vegas £1,503

Atlanta £1,798

Los Angeles £1,798 (limited availability)

Seattle £1,803 (limited availability)

Chicago £1,865

Miami £1,999

I couldn’t find anything to San Francisco or Orlando.

Virgin Atlantic upper class suite sale

If you are considering booking the new A350 with the new Upper Class Suite, our review is here.

You can also book onto Delta services for the same price where available if you want to give them a try.  Here is our review of Delta ONE on an A330-200.

Either way, you can get into the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in Terminal 3 which we reviewed here and which is definitely something you should try once.

As we said with the British Airways sale article, if you are travelling before the end of September you may want to think about cancelling any ticket booked using Avios or Virgin Flying Club miles and buying a cash ticket instead. 

It is slightly less clear cut with these Virgin Atlantic deals – with the BA sale, it is virtually a no-brainer to cancel and rebook unless you need the flexibility to cancel – but you should do the maths.  You may also be able to get a better timed flight by swapping to cash.

You can book on the Virgin Atlantic website here.

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.

Virgin USA sale

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.)

Comments (34)

  • a270 says:

    OT: Made an Economy booking on British Airways today but now want to travel Premium Economy. Should I just cancel it online as within 24 hours with no penalty? How long does the refund take? Also, is there a way to earn some money back when booking BA flights?

    • a270 says:

      It says on the consent that, “You are requesting cancellation of a restricted ticket(s) and in accordance with the fare rules you will only receive a refund of taxes paid.” Is that valid for within 24 hours too? For got to clarify that I don’t want to just upgrade the same flight, I need to switch to a later flight as PE is almost same price as Economy on a later flight.

      • Peter K says:

        Why not ring them up and ask?

        • a270 says:

          Thanks, I did and cancelled. Any way to ear any money back through websites for BA flight bookings? I have checked the usual ones but none of them seem to be offering and BA shopping portal doesn’t either.

          • Lady London says:

            Sometimes there are offers from OTA’s on those sorts of sources, although perhaps not in August, but personally I would always hesitate to book via an OTA as it can make some things complicated later. Some people have also recommended ebookers’ own points scheme.