Final Black Friday post: Virgin Upper Class to Boston for just £925!

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I think we’ve all just about had enough of Black Friday deals now.  I’d be failing in my duty not to mention this one though.

Virgin Atlantic is offering a £925 return fare to Boston in Upper Class.

This is an exceptional Upper Class fare which, if you route it with a plane change in New York, will also let you try the new Upper Class Suite:

Virgin Upper Class

You can also route via Paris if you want to fly on Air France under a Virgin codeshare.

You can also fly on Delta if you want to give them a try.

Or, of course, fly on the direct Virgin Atlantic service to Boston with the older Upper Class seat.

Whichever way you route it, you will earn your Flying Club miles and status points.

(If you would prefer Air France-KLM Flying Blue miles and status points, you can also book these fares via the Air France website here where they will come with an Air France flight number.)

A weekend stay is required, best availability is February and March 2020.  EDIT: Comments suggest you need to fly on a Monday or Thursday each way to see this price.

For example (click to enlarge):

Virgin Atlantic deal to Boston

You can book on the Virgin Atlantic site here.  You may also want to double check the price via the Virgin Atlantic Flight & Hotel service here which may reduce it even more when you bundle in a hotel.

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.

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Comments

  1. Has anyone travelled the new upper class and able to confirm if the view of the window is now obliterated?

    • I flew on a Airbus A350 G-VPOP from JFK to LHR yesterday. All I can say the new Upper Class is absolutely fantastic.
      I used to fly BA all the time but having discovered this fantastic product its good bye BA.
      On the IFE you also get a tail camera where you can watch your aircraft flying.
      As for the seats they are second to none.
      You will not be disappointed. Try it for yourself.

  2. Can you go via AMS on a KL codeshare? Or is it just Paris for AF?

    • In theory yes under the JV rules – I didn’t see it on my test though but I also didn’t check numerous dates.

    • one one of the days I searched the only via AMS route that was offered was KL to AMS then DL to BOS was on the outbound. Returns were all to LON

      I was also getting the new LGW to BOS and JFK flights too

  3. Great sale, but super restricted dates — can only travel on Thursdays and Mondays in the last week of February and all of March.

    • ah, thats why i couldnt find anything.. thanks AR

      • Oh, but actually – looks like only the *outbound* is constrained. I just booked an LHR-BOS RT with outbound 19/3 and return in August. I’ll then nest an ex-US round trip once I firm up those plans, possibly with the daytime flight from BOS or JFK in Y…

    • priced a thursday to wedneday and got a £1000 fare so a queston of just doing the searches

      deffo need an ourbound on a monday or thursday to get the cheapest fares though.

  4. Jonathan says:

    I would use my Virgin Atlantic Credit card for booking flights with them, but my credit limit is measly £500! My Amex card has a limit that’s over 10x that amount.

    So it’s hard to use their own cards to make flight bookings with!

    • Have you asked for a limit increase (once you’ve had the card for 6 months). Their limits definitely go to at least £24,000 for some.

      • They gave me 1500£, so I feel your pain. Waiting for the six months to be up.

        • I got £2100 on acceptance and after six months the max I could increase it too was £4200. At that point I had put £24k or so through the card.

          • Just kept paying it off? I’d consider doing it if it wasn’t such a faff to use the app etc.

          • @HarryT once I had hit 1k ish I was paying it off straight away and would repeat this. App is naff and is consistently down but still manageable. Much easier now with my higher limit.

  5. It looks like Virgin Group does not want anymore to sell 31% of Virgin atlantic to Air France.

    And AF seems keen not to buy it. Delta seems also fine with that.

    Does it mean Flying Club will have restricted access to AF and KLM redemption flights?

    • Shoestring says:
    • Shoestring says:

      good question! article I mention above says: En revanche, le partenariat commercial passé entre Air France-KLM, Virgin Atlantic et Delta sur l’axe transatlantique, qui devrait débuter en janvier, n’est quant à lui pas remis en cause. (Google Translate: On the other hand, the commercial partnership between Air France-KLM, Virgin Atlantic and Delta on the transatlantic route, which should begin in January, is not in question.)

      But you’d have thought commercial partnerships are easy enough to arrange without equity changing hands. Does it take more to get into the closest of shared loyalty prog relationships? I’m sure the UK press will jump on this and there should be more out soon.

      • RussellH says:

        That is not really how I read the article (though I have not read all of it – my French is OK, but not so good for plowing through the financial press!)

        Sub-headline: “Virgin Group ne souhaite plus vendre” ie Virgin does not want to see any more. Further down is the comment that the money could be better spent on new aircraft.

        And the surprise comment that apparently Branson and Delta are eye-to-eye on this…

        • View it in Chrome and have it auto-translate. It reads surprisingly well.

          • RussellH says:

            1. On my own hardware I try to avoid anything to do with Google, as far as possible. I do use Chrome regularly, for the best part of one day a week, and I dislike it.

            2. I have seen far too many utterly laughable and/or incomprehensible machine translations to have any faith in anything that Google Translate might produce.

        • southlondonphil says:

          My schoolboy French says that “Virgin Group ne souhaite plus vendre” translates as “Virgin Group no longer wishes to sell”

          Short version:-

          Delta told AF/KLM that Virgin Group no longer wished to sell, believing that the new JV is sufficient. Delta seemingly agrees (despite having pushed AF/KLM for years to buy into VS), and AF/KLM are yet to decide whether to go ahead with the equity investment (which they’re contractually entitled to do) or spend the money elsewhere, e.g. fleet renewals.

      • Frenchman here.
        A quick summary of the article, there are 2 aspects of the Virgin/AFKL marriage.
        The first one is the transatlantic JV, which is maintained.
        The second one is the sale of the 31% stake in Virgin’s capital. It’s this part that’s questioned now.

  6. o/t

    I just cancelled a BA economy flight with part pay with Avios within 24 hours of booking. I get a full refund to the card and the Avios?

  7. Still some good prices out there.

    Go to the Black Fridays deals page. Scroll way down to the bottom where the deals start to list upper class prices. Click on the deal for LHR to BOS and it’ll show you flight prices in March for 7 days. Somewhere in the top left you can change the view to calendar mode and then scroll through the months to see more availability. You don’t need to go for 7 days, if you find a cheap Thursday and Monday you can then use these specific dates in the flight finder to get that price.

    • Slight correction. Go to the Black Friday deals page, then the East Coast deals link, and then you can scroll all the way down to the LHR>BOS Upper Class link.

  8. £8650 flex lol…

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