As you may have noticed from the big ads on the HfP desktop site, Virgin Atlantic has launched another sale.
Looking at the Upper Class fares, most of the best deals appear to be out of Manchester, which I’m sure will please many of you.
Upper Class prices out of London include:
Tel Aviv £999
Washington DC £1523
From Manchester, they are:
New York £1826
Las Vegas £2487
Travel is for selected dates only. Some of these are only for travel in the week before Christmas, with the return on Christmas Eve (arrival Christmas Day) so they are clearly of limited appeal.
Weirdly, the sale page automatically assumes travel for two people. If you want to book flights for one person only, you must use the ‘refine search’ tool and adjust the number of travellers.
Here is our last review of Virgin Upper Class (there is also Anika’s ‘flying whilst pregnant’ review here) and here is our last review of Virgin’s Clubhouse lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3. Virgin’s official Upper Class website is here.
The Premium sale is slightly more substantial with a greater number of routes. From London this includes:
Tel Aviv £499
St Lucia £739
New York £756 (it is marginally cheaper from Manchester)
Washington DC £840
…. as well as many more from Manchester. These sale fares are available for a month until 22nd September.
Virgin Atlantic is also offering 10% off flight and hotel bookings. You must add the code ‘AUGSALE10’ during the booking process. The discount applies to the full cost of the holiday excluding APD, fuel surcharges and taxes. This discount applies over the bank holiday weekend, from Friday 23rd until Monday 26th August, and is valid for departures until 31st July 2020. You can book flight and hotel packages here.
If you want to travel after the 31st July 2020 and still want 10% off, Virgin Holidays is running an identical promotion until 31st December 2020. You must enter the code ‘AUGSALE’ when booking your trip on the Virgin Holidays 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.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (February 2024)
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 Money is offering double points on spending until 14th April (£5,000 cap) to new customers when you apply for the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard. Click here to learn more.
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.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 40,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 40,000 Virgin Points.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into 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.)