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Get an extra £30 off Virgin’s Economy Delight …. and Cathay Pacific is suspending Dublin

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Until 16th September, Virgin Atlantic is again offering an extra £30 saving on sale 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

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!

We reviewed Economy Delight last year on a flight to New York which you can read here.  This page of the Virgin Atlantic site shows you the differences between the fare classes.

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.

You can book the £30 off Economy Delight fares on the Virgin Atlantic website here.  The offer runs until Monday 16th September.

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.)

Virgin Atlantic Economy Delight

Cathay Pacific suspending Dublin service

Cathay Pacific is making a number of service cuts in response to the disruption in Hong Kong, which has led to a sharp drop in tourist numbers.

Whilst there is no change in flights from the UK, Cathay is suspending its flight from Dublin to Hong Kong on 7th November.

It is currently scheduled to restart with the launch of the Summer schedule on 29th March 2020, but obviously this will depend to a large degree on how demand firms up.

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