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Virgin Atlantic confirms Sao Paulo flight dates and timings

Whilst tickets are not currently on sale, Virgin Atlantic has confirmed the dates and times for the new Sao Paulo service.

Flights will launch on 29th March 2020, using a Boeing 787-9.  This means that you will not be getting the new version of the Upper Class Suite, currently rolling out exclusively on the A350 fleet.

The service will operate daily.

The outbound, VS197, will leave Heathrow Terminal 3 at 22.30 and arrive in Sao Paulo at 06.25 the following day.

The return flight, VS198, will leave Sao Paulo at 16.25 and arrive in Heathrow at 07.50 the following day.

It is obvious that these are not ideal timings for Virgin Atlantic.  It will have a $200m aircraft sitting on the tarmac in Brazil for 10 hours per day, not generating income.

As we covered last week, Virgin Atlantic has agreed a codeshare deal with GOL to allow you to purchase through-tickets for domestic destinations in Brazil.

Tickets are expected to be on sale, both for cash and Virgin Flying Club miles, in the next few days.

How to earn Virgin Atlantic miles from UK credit cards

As a reminder, if you are interested in redeeming miles for this new service, 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.

Get free tickets to The Luxury Travel Fair – but is it worth it?

The Luxury Travel Fair is back at Olympia in London from 7th-10th November.

To be honest, this is not a hugely exciting event.  It is essentially just a lot of high-end hotels and travel agents in booths.  You don’t, for example, get airlines bringing along their latest business class seats to try out.

The fact that they actually charge for tickets is a bit cheeky.  However, until 18th September you can order free tickets via their website using code LTFTWO in return for a £2.50 handling fee per ticket.  If you live nearby then it is worth popping in.

We don’t recommend it at the standard price of £20.50 (£22.50 at the weekend).

Free tickets Luxury Travel Fair London Olympia

Save £100 on selected Virgin Atlantic ‘flight and hotel’ deals

All this week – until Monday 16th September – Virgin Atlantic is offering £100 off ‘flight and hotel’ packages to selected destinations.

You need to use code PROMO100 on the ‘flight and hotels’ website here.

The deal does not show on the home page but does show when you do a search for any of the participating cities.

It is valid on Tel Aviv, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Shanghai and Delhi, for travel by 31st July 2020.  There does not appear to be any minimum spend target although at least two adults must be travelling – the offer does not work for solo travellers.

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Comments

  1. The times are standard for Europe to
    Sao Paulo flights. Most of them seat in Sao Paulo all day to be able to fly overnight back to Europe. The timings are almost identical to the BA flight

  2. The inaugural flight of Virgin Atlantic’s A350-1000 is scheduled for 13:30 today
    I’m surprised there’s no coverage from HfP, or have I missed a post?

    • The ‘real’ inaugural party plane is on the 18th, next week. Rhys is going and it will get substantial coverage. The flights this week were not guaranteed to happen due to testing.

  3. BlueHorizonuk says:

    Do the tickets give free access to the Spirit of Christmas fair?

  4. OT but Virgin. Any news on the next promo offer for Virgin Atlantic Credit card. Looking for extra bonus points on a new card. I hope its not a repeat of the Fx @ 0% offer.

    • Nothing in the pipeline. Doubt it will be 0%, that was a Summer holiday thing.

    • On a related point – re the last 30k sign up promo for the paid card. What was the spend threshold and the time limit to receive the 30K points? We have had one 15K bonus through after the first month, but the other 15K hasn’t appeared – just had 4th months statement and put c. £15k through the card over that period. The reward voucher has been triggered and is in the account.

      • Shoestring says:

        15,000 miles when you apply on or before 30th June and you spend £3,000 on the card within 90 days of opening the account

  5. Why do travel companies have such a dislike of solo travellers? I may have to set up a website to match up individuals to travel together to get the best of these deals. Nothing to stop people flying together and then going off in separate directions at the other end.

  6. Went to this show once and never again. Luckily I got a couple of free tickets. Didn’t allow entry to the christmas side though (and from what I saw I’m glad about that!)

    None of the staffs I was interested in – couple of destination cities and countries – had any info to take away. Not even a leaflet with a list of websites. I asked about places to see to see other than the usual ones for that destination and they had no clue.

    If you think you’ll fill a bag of sway such as pens and coffee mugs and cup mats and discounts then in my experience this isn’t the place for you

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