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Virgin Atlantic confirms Sao Paulo flight dates and timings

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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 Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (April 2023)

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 & four 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.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable 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 bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.)

Comments (55)

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  • stevenhp1987 says:

    Sao Paulo flights appear for sale on their website for me. Even have reward availability loaded, 140k points for a return in Upper.

  • Alex says:

    The Sao Paolo flight times look pretty standard for Europe/Latam sectors. AF, LH and BA all have their planes sitting in GRU for the same time that VS will have theirs.

  • kumar says:

    O/T: When you haven’t earned a single Avios in the last 12 months,the best way to deposit Avios into BAEC to buy a Reward Flight saver ticket the same day ,Is it buying 1000 Avios from BA than book RFS .Can this be managed the same day?
    Please let me know .Thanks

    • Shoestring says:

      yes should be instant

    • Rob says:

      Tesco conversions are overnight, Amex transfers are usually overnight.

      • Oh! Matron! says:

        Good to know, as I transfered 71K yesterday. Got the “Your request is being processed email”

        Shame it’s so slow… VS and DL manage 15 minutes….

      • kumar says:

        Thanks .Just bought points at 31GBP for 1300 avios and the 1 avios requirement is for the Head of the household account in last 12 months and not for all the family members.Booked to Ibiza.

        • Polly says:

          Next time you shop online, just go through the basic e shop and bag a few avios , save the panic further down the line.

  • Mr. AC says:

    Question to the people that have been to the Luxury travel fare previously – anything interesting to be found there for a point / mile collector / aspirational traveller? (discount vouchers, special offers etc) Or it’s purely an industry event?

    • Jtz says:

      There are some country specific tour operators there who specialise in specific cities or tours where it may be difficult for a solo tourist to do themselves.
      I think if you are going to book any packages on the day, they are willing to cut prices. The website probably has a list of exhibitors.

    • Rob says:

      It is 100% a consumer event, but more aimed at wealthy pensioners from the Cotswolds. It is not a coincidence that the Spirit of Christmas Fair is on the same dates.

  • Jonathan says:

    Does anyone know if you can earn Virgin Flying Club Miles on flights previously taken with GOL Airlines?

  • Matt says:

    OT – my revolut account is frozen whilst they ask me for docs. Been frozen for over a week, despite me sending in a load of complex docs. Been trying to get in touch with customer services for three days via chat, but no success (same timeline as other days).

    Let’s be honest – not a bank you’d leave any money in, or rely on given the above, is it?

    • Anna says:

      What have you had to send them for? I opened a Revolut account recently and all I had to do was scan my driving licence on my phone and it was confirmed within minutes.

      • KBuffett says:

        Opening an account is easy.
        Maintaining an account is more difficult as they want more proof after more than around £20k has passed through your account for anti money laundering checks.

    • KBuffett says:

      Agree. Mine was done the same day (this was around a year ago) and my situation was slightly complex too. Their checks aren’t too stringent either.
      Check the app as it’s easy to miss replies from them in the chat section.

    • Genghis says:

      Been a naughty boy? 🙂
      Remember they’re not a bank (yet). I don’t leave money in there for any length of time.

    • fivebobbill says:

      Done the same to me about 6 or 7 months ago, asked me for proof of funds and proof of access etc. However, although I provided the requested material immediately, and got an acknowledgement, it took them well over a week (maybe 2) to return my account to normal. I would say however, I was still able to spend whatever balance I had in there, just couldn’t do anything else with the account. Think my turnover would have been in the region of £40k/£50k in the previous 6 months.
      Otherwise can’t complain, Revolut has been good for me, happy to stick with them for now…

    • xcalx says:

      Mrs xcalx and my accounts frozen. Only tried to add £500 to each for overseas spend. Got message £200 only. Deposited £200 into each account and now both are frozen until we prove income. Waste of time opening these Revolut accounts.

    • John says:

      I had some issues 2 months ago with duplicate payments taken by revolut from my credit card – an extra 1,800 had been taken through revolut double-charging.

      Took 3-4 days to get a response from customer services and get the money returned, barely got an apology for the mistake and no apology for the double-charging which would have gone un-noticed if I had not spotted it.
      That was enough for me to stop using them – ultimately there will be times with an account – errors etc that you need to contact customer services. Imagine if the above card had gone over-drawn?
      If you can’t contact a financial firm when there are issues then that’s not a firm I can do business with

  • Shoestring says:

    OFFER DETAILS Save to Card to get a £15 Statement Credit when you spend £100 or more on flights with SWISS or Lufthansa online before 9 November 2019.

  • Jonathan says:

    OT has anyone managed to add their capital on tap to either Revolut or Curve as i’m struggling?

    • Rob says:

      Prepaid cards do not work with Curve by default – Curve needs to decide to accept them. This is what happened with the Lufthansa card, which IS now accepted on Curve. I doubt COT will get added given it is ended in its MC form on 31/10. I am guessing the new Visa can be added without any trouble.

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