Virgin news: Extra Havana flight added, Flybe now fully bookable via Virgin, buy cheap miles with ‘Miles Booster’

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There are three pieces of Virgin Atlantic news today:

Virgin Atlantic adds a third weekly Havana service

Havana appears to be playing an increasingly important part in the Virgin Atlantic route network.

The service was moved from Gatwick to Heathrow in 2019.  The airline has now decided to increase the frequency of Havana from two to three flights per week.

The extra flight will be added from the start of the Winter timetable on 25th October.  It will operate on a Sunday, using a Boeing 787-9.

The existing Saturday service will now operate on a Friday, with flights now on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

You book on virginatlantic.com here.

Virgin Atlantic adds 3rd weekly Havana flight

Flybe appears to be fully bookable on the Virgin Atlantic site

A few weeks ago we reported that certain Flybe routes were available to book on the Virgin Atlantic website. This was limited to flights to and from Heathrow or Manchester.

It now looks like the entire Flybe route network has been loaded into the system.  A reader got in contact to say his commute from Southampton was now showing.  A few quick searches from a variety of Flybe destinations suggest that the Virgin website now mirrors what is available on flybe.com.

Crucially, the price variations between the Flybe and Virgin Atlantic websites appear to have disappeared.  Whilst Flybe flights were slightly cheaper in some cases via the Virgin website last month, pricing now appears to be identical regardless of where you book.

Your Flybe flight will have a VS flight number if you book via Virgin.  This may make a difference when it comes to earning Flying Club miles or tier points, but we have no idea because the ‘earn and burn’ rates on Flybe are yet to be published.

If anyone books a Flybe flight via Virgin Atlantic with a VS flight number and receives tier points and miles, please let us know!

Flybe services now bookable on the Virgin Atlantic website

Buy VERY cheap Virgin Atlantic miles as ‘Miles Booster’ returns

Virgin Atlantic is currently running its semi-regular bonus on ‘Miles Booster’.

If you are not familiar with ‘Miles Booster’, it is a feature which allows you to buy additional Virgin Flying Club miles at a very favourable price.

Miles Booster only works if you have a Virgin Atlantic cash or reward flight booked for the future or have taken one in the last six months.  With this offer, you are able to buy an additional 300% of the base miles you will earn from the flight for just 0.71p each.

Click here for the official details of how it works.

The bonus is staggered:

  • buy an extra 100% of miles flown and you get a 20% bonus
  • buy an extra 200% of miles flown and you get a 30% bonus
  • buy an extra 300% of miles flown and you get a 40% bonus

Here is an example.  An economy flight to New York would earn you 6,916 base miles.

If you maximised the Miles Booster option for this flight, you would be able to buy up to a total of 29,047 Virgin Flying Club miles.  This is calculated as (6,916 x 3) + 40% = 29,047.

The price would be just £207.48 (1p x 6,916 x 3).  This works out at 0.71p per Virgin Flying Club mile, which is well worth considering.

The ‘Miles Booster’ offer runs until 8th March.  You can read more on the Virgin Atlantic website here.

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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.)

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Comments

  1. Never liked flying with them, despite the useful destination network. Might book a day return but would be reluctant to have Flybe flights as a component of a trip with multiple hotel stays etc, at least until future resolved.

    Would definitely welcome other airlines stepping up:

    https://m.independent.ie/business/world/airlines-eye-flybe-routes-as-carriers-owners-continue-efforts-to-secure-uk-rescue-package-38972787.html

  2. May I suggest

    (6,916 x 3) x 1.4 = 29,047(.2)

    You have replaced the 300% already so why not the 40%

    • Shoestring says:

      your 40% is sitting there in the 1.4, you didn’t make it neater or shorter or more understandable

  3. The Original David says:

    Has Flybe got new IT, or will they be just as bad at crediting to VFC as they were to avios?

    • Yes they have overhauled their website and booking engine. In the last few months of Avios earning my posting rate was 100%.

  4. “Flybe appears to be fully bookable on the Virgin Atlantic site”

    Fully bookable to me includes end to end redemptions, I can guess the answer, I haven’t even bothered to look….

    • i did bother to look … and you were right not to bother !

      at least it didn’t work on the two routes that i’m interested in.

      seems a bit odd that redemptions on KLM/AF arrived before redemptions on FlyBE – but i guess that they’ve been working up to the KLM/AF thing for a long time.

  5. Semi OT. Anyone credited a Klm flight to virgin and checked against the new earnings chart. Example multi leg trips across Europe. Considering a tier point run. Would Abz to Cdg calculate as over 600 miles? How do you check on the Klm/Af site.

  6. I recently registered by AMEX card with Virgin to earn virgin miles when shopping at Morrisons. Has anyone had experience on how long it takes for the points to hit my flying club balance??

    • Mine from Morissons took 9 days (first time transfer)

    • Mine took a few days….I was surprised how quickly they appeared!

    • Off the top of my head, I went to Morrisons on Monday last week and the miles were in my account by the weekend. As I recall, a transaction of c£5.50 generated 100 Virgin Miles. Shame it’s a little out of my way and I don’t go there as a routine!

  7. The flight to HAV isn’t bookable…. in fact none are!!! I just get a message saying

    “Hello there.
    We fly between London and Havana twice a week.
    To book:
    Give us a call on 0344 520 0012
    Arrange a call back here
    Combine and save with a Flight + Hotel package”

    I can’t book any flights to Cuba – let alone the new one

    • Really, what was the reason they gave when you called?

      • I didn’t call, I was just looking for prices and mile availability.

        Seatspy was also broken 🙁

      • Jonathan says:

        I think I heard somewhere that it’s due to sanctions that’s enforced by US authorities, for some unknown reason.

        I just did a quick dummy search on Delta for Miami to Havana, and there’s no problems at all (apparently) with booking a flight on their website.

        • memesweeper says:

          correct — it’s sanctions… and the Delta flight isn’t bookable without the right permissions from the U.S. authorities (basically an exit visa).

          • Jonathan says:

            When I was there in December 2016, I got chatting to some American tourists briefly.
            I mentioned to them about travelling between the two countries, and they said that it was a simple enough process of getting into aircraft, apparently not many checks were done as to the purpose of their travel (at the boarding gate / checking in desks) given that travellers on US passports can’t go to the country as tourists. American Airlines has some of the best information about travelling to Cuba via or from the US

    • Ah, they haven’t fixed that then.

      When I did this flight a couple of years back it needed booking via Virgin Holidays. Which was a right pain as the booking is TA controlled rather than with the airline so any changes need to go back through Virgin Holidays.
      And I had to change the return flight.

    • You can book flights and hotel on the Virgin Atlantic and the Virgin Holidays website.

      You can also check prices for flight only on Google Flights website (though it still wants you to call once you’ve selected your flights. You can’t click through to book)

      It just seems to be flight only on the Virgin website that doesn’t work for Cuba – likewise, redemptions can’t be done either (by website or phone)

  8. I can’t see Guernsey on the Virgin booking app or website – however you CAN book VS flights for GCI via Google Flights

  9. Youngtraveller says:

    I just tried to book Cardiff to Paris on the virgin mobile website and it didn’t work so I’m not sure it fully works yet.

  10. The only issue with booking Flybe flights through the Virgin website is that if you book the ‘Just Fly’ fare you can’t pay to select a seat at the time of booking. You have to contact Flybe separately to ask them for their booking reference (which is different to the booking reference Virgin will give you), so that you can then pay for advance set selection through ‘Manage My Booking’.

  11. The Original Nick says:

    Currently in La Habana.

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