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Virgin Atlantic to offer connecting flights from Sao Paulo on GOL in Brazil

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A few months ago Virgin Atlantic announced it would start flying to the Brazilian city of Sao Paolo, its first route to Latin America.

Flights are scheduled to begin on 29th March 2020 with a Boeing 787. Tickets are on sale from this coming Tuesday, 10th September, via the Virgin Atlantic website. The flight numbers are VS197 and VS198.

To complement this solitary route into South America, Virgin Atlantic has reached a codesharing agreement with GOL, the largest airline in Brazil.  This will allow Virgin to sell connecting flights to 37 destinations in Brazil, including Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Recife.

You’ll be able to check your luggage to your final destination with both Virgin Atlantic and GOL segments having matching baggage allowances. If you are travelling in Upper Class you’ll also be able to use the GOL premium lounges.

GOL flies a fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft exclusively and offers what it calls ‘Premium Economy’. For all intents and purposes it looks like European business class with a blocked middle seat and lounge access.

There are plans to expand the codeshare onto regional flights to Argentina, Uruguay and and Chile, as well as reciprocal frequent flyer programme benefits, although nothing concrete has been announced yet.


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 2022)

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 & two 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of 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 sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.)

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