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 (September 2021)
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, one has a bonus of 30,000 Points until 15th October 2021):
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 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points:
Until 2nd November 2021, there is a special offer on The Platinum Card from American Express.
You will receive a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points which converts into 60,000 Virgin Points.
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