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Virgin Atlantic launches Delhi flights from Manchester Airport

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Virgin Atlantic is launching a new route from Manchester to Delhi in October.  It will operate three times a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays using an A330-200 aircraft, returning Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Flights start on the 26th October:

VS318 departs Manchester at 16:40 and arrives in Delhi the next day at 06:05

VS319 is a day flight and departs Delhi at 08:10 and arrives at 12:10

Virgin has gradually been mopping up the spare capacity between the UK and India after the collapse of former partner Jet Airways last year, as we wrote about here.

The new route from Manchester will be the only direct flight between Manchester and India. Jet Airways flew between Manchester and Mumbai before it went bankrupt, so Virgin appears to be targetting a slightly different market.

The A330-200 that will operate this route are the former Air Berlin planes Virgin brought in to assist with the industrial problems on the Boeing 787-9. These do not feature the usual Upper Class seat but an adapted and refurbished Air Berlin seat (pictured below), which Rob reviewed pre-refurb here.

Flights will go on sale on Monday, 3rd of March and you will be able to book on the Virgin Atlantic website here.

PS. If you want to know about Avios redemption ideas from Manchester Airport, this HfP article looks at Avios flights from UK regional airports.


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (May 2022)

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 30,000 points until 6th June 2022):

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 points bonus (SPECIAL OFFER) and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Rewards credit card

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 Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two 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 has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Virgin Points, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of 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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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 (179)

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  • TedL says:

    OT, Does anyone know how the BA Reward seat release at T-355 is handled over the 29th Feb?

    • ChrisC says:

      exactly the same as any other day of the year

      • TedL says:

        But wont that make subsequent releases after the 28th February 2021 a day early i.e. T-354? Or is my logic skewed?

        • Bagoly says:

          I think your logic has a skewed frame.
          T-355 is continuous.
          That does mean that seats for 2020/12/31 became available on 2020/01/11.
          While those for 2019/12/31 became available on 2019/01/10.

          After all, if you book a 14 day holiday which covers a leap day you don’t get an extra day! 🙁

  • Barbs says:

    OT – I added a Amex Gold card supplementary card holder to my Platinum account, how do they get their 2 Lounge passes? Is it emailed to them, or in their online account?

    • Peter K says:

      They don’t get any.
      The main cardholder on a PRG card gets 2 lounge passes.
      The main cardholder plus first PLATINUM supplementary on a platinum card get a priority pass. The gold supplementaries on platinum don’t get anything for lounge access.

      • Harry T says:

        Like Peter said, the platinum supp green and gold cards are not the same as the separate products. They confer no benefits aside from travel insurance.

  • Shoestring says:

    £2400 lighter but that’s cheap diesel/ Amazon for a year

    10% Amex
    1% MR points
    0.5% More points (with the promise of another 0.5% when I spend the money on diesel)
    8% Virgin miles

    121p/ litre —> 96.8p/ litre

    • Lev441 says:

      Did you do it all in one go Harry? Was it all on the new giftcards? What was the maximum you could put on one card?

      • Lev441 says:

        Could also couple it up with the 5/10p off a litre offers too which brings it down even more…

    • Mj says:

      We’ve got £750 so far, tempted get a few more later before the Virgin miles offer ends.

    • Top Boy says:

      Posed down thread, but how did you manage to top up £2k?

      • Shoestring says:

        not an issue for me at the kiosk

        £2000 in one go on the 8x £250 giftcards, spat out 8 receipts so should be fine

  • Chris says:

    Fiji Airways; does anyone know if/ when they are awarding BA tier points / avios on FJ issued tickets yet? OneworldConnect remains a headache to understand… Nothing recent I can find on either airlines website; and Oneworld’s makes FJ almost impossible to find

  • Munch says:

    OT Looks like I’ll requalify for Virgin Silver before the end of March (my current anniversary date) . Do i need the full 1000 tier points after March to achieve Gold or the difference of 600 Tier points.

    • Rhys says:

      As long as they’re within your membership year it’s cumulative, like with BA 🙂

      • Munch says:

        Rhys – sorry still confused. Trying to work out my Tier point strategy. I’m currently silver until March 31st. I have 100 tier points balance from a flight last August.
        If I don’t re-qualify before the end of March do the 100 points stay in my account until August so for example if I completed a tier point run in July I would lose my current status from Apr to Jul and then re-gain silver by completing a 300 tier point run using the carry over balance of the 100 tier points?
        Or does my balance reset to zero after the 31st Match.

        • Rhys says:

          Your tier points reset on your membership anniversary, not a year after you earn them. You retain your status for a year following the year you earned it 🙂 ie. you would keep it until March 2021

  • Frankie says:

    Rhys, you’ll have just missed Sydney’s Mardi Gras which is this weekend.

  • Curve Me Up Scotty says:

    O/T: New to curving – Do ISA Top Ups typically attract a specific ‘MCC’? Do they generally use cash/wire transfer codes? Or Financial Services 6012 etc…?
    (Specific interest in virgin ISA and interactive investor ISA, but general experiences welcomed!)

    • EwanG says:

      Last year I was unable to pay funds into ii using Curve linked to my IHG card but I did have success with it linked to my Virgin card. Went through as a purchase.
      In the past month I tried a small transaction to credit my account for fees, again with Curve and Virgin but it didn’t work, but Monese was fine.

  • Andrew says:

    Bits £100 free when opening a Virgin Current and savings account.

    “£100 top up, just for you
    You’re already part of the Virgin family. However, if you open a new Virgin Money Current Account, log in to our brand new app and add at least £1,000 to the linked Savings Account by 31 March 2020, we’ll add £100 to your linked Savings Account to say thanks.”

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