Until 4th September, Virgin Atlantic is offering an extra £30 saving on flights in its Economy Delight cabin to all destinations.
Full details are on the Virgin Atlantic website here. You do not need a promo code to book the offer.
There are two good reasons to book Economy Delight – 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
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 in Economy Delight. 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 lower during this sale, given the £30 discount.
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!
You can book the £30 off Economy Delight fares on the Virgin Atlantic website here. The offer runs until Wednesday 4th September.
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 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.)