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Virgin Atlantic announces four new A350 routes and an extra daily flight to Delhi

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Virgin Atlantic has now confirmed its Summer 2020 schedule, which will begin on the 29th March.

Virgin has been slowly ramping up its UK-India routes, which suffered a loss when codeshare partner Jet Airways went into administration.

It clearly thinks there is extra flying to be had which hasn’t been mopped up by other airlines, and is introducing a second daily flight to Delhi.  This is in addition to the new Mumbai route which launched a couple of weeks ago.  The new Delhi flight goes on sale on 23rd November.

Virgin Atlantic announces new A350 routes

Next summer Virgin will also start putting its A350s on other routes. Up until now, all the A350s were going on the London-New York route but we will now see a bit of variety in the schedule.

This means that you will still find a variety of Virgin Atlantic aircraft flying to New York, since Virgin will not have enough A350 to run them on all seven daily flights as well as the new destinations.

This is where you will find the A350:

Johannesburg will see the A350 from March, on VS 449/450
Los Angeles gets a daily A350 in April, on VS 23/24
San Francisco gets a daily A350 in May, on VS19/20
Lagos will get a daily A350 in August, on VS 411/412

As a reminder, Virgin Atlantic’s A350 comes with a new Upper Class Suite reviewed here, as well as a redesigned social ‘Loft’ area for business class passengers.  It is a major improvement on the current Upper Class product.

As always, there may be last minute equipment changes or timetable alterations.  These new services will be using aircraft from the 2nd batch of A350 deliveries and the dates may slip.


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How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (October 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 15,000 points):

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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:

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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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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 (137)

  • Peter K says:

    OT
    Anyone still looking to use the Red Letter Days Amex offer, the current code is GSG23RLD for 23% off on their website. You then get the 25% back on the balance via the Amex offer!

  • BJ says:

    O/T: Does Hilton Bankside have a lounge, and how good is it if it does? Now that DT Westminster doesn’t I need a new Hilton home in central London but with lower rates/points than Conrad or Trafalgar.

    • JAD says:

      Yes it does and it’s very pleasant. I stay there regularly for work.

      I stayed at the Lincoln Curio for the first time this week and it was very good. Not sure if has a lounge as it was a late checkin and early check out. I’ll use it again.

    • Lady London says:

      What about the one at St Katherine’s dock?

  • Alex says:

    Does anyone know if the current Marriott amex offer works cumulatively?

  • Alex says:

    Does Marriott deal work for 2020 prepared hotels

    • Rob says:

      As long as you are charged now. Keep an eye on your statement and chase the hotel if needed. Some are not in a hurry.

  • Roy says:

    O/T IHG:

    Do we know for a fact that Accelerate and 4x stack?

  • Definitas says:

    OT. Has any UK citizen renewed Global Entry (or begun the process)? Do you have to reapply via the FO or can you log on to your existing GE and reapply?

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