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Save £29 on Virgin Atlantic Economy Classic and Economy Delight flights

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Until 2nd March, Virgin Atlantic is offering an extra £29 saving on flights in its Economy Classic and Economy Delight cabins 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.

Virgin Atlantic Economy Delight

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

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 in 2018 on a flight to New York which you can read here.

If you want to find out more about the different Economy products, you can read our in depth comparison here.  This page of the Virgin Atlantic site shows you the differences between the fare classes.

You can book the £29 off Economy Delight and Economy Classic fares on the Virgin Atlantic website here.  The offer runs until 2nd March.

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 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.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (January 2023)

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, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

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 Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four 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 from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable 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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (143)

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  • BJ says:

    160 Virgin miles, 18 MR points, 8 x 200g ribeye steaks, 4 bags steak cut chips, and a few More points for £18 net at Morrisons this weekend.

    • xcalx says:

      Not got the 10% off £20 spen then ?

      • xcalx says:

        I see you have note to self do the maths first.

      • BJ says:

        What am I missing? 8 steaks = 4 deals so 4 x £5 = £20 spent x 8 Virgin miles /£ = 160 miles. £20 less 10% amex offer = £18 = 18 MR after adjustment or am I still slow today 🙂 Ignored the More poihts as I don’t know how they work.⁷

  • Harry T says:

    Morrison’s meat is actually very good quality.

    • Shoestring says:

      M’s – great meat, fish, bakery, fruit & veg – they said they’ll happily recruit most of the 2000-odd in-store makers that Tesco said they’re shedding this week

      Got a lot of time for M’s – I don’t think anybody rational could choose between the overall fresh food quality in M’s, Sainsbury or Waitrose

      Just not as good value as Lidl, where the admittedly more limited range of Fresh is of similar quality & much cheaper

      • Shoestring says:


        • Peter K says:

          I have to disagree from our local shops perspective.

          Lidl: often mouldy fruit and veg. Meat’s okay.

          Sainsbury’s: Veg does not last. Poultry goes off on the Use by or day before. Other meat good.

        • Shoestring says:

          that’s down to the quality of local mgt, not the overall proposition

          when I was about 27 I had about 30 mgrs reporting to me, each responsible for their unit

          it was a real eye-opener how the individual ability & approach of the mgr made all the difference, with essentially the same offering

          sadly I had to dismiss a few for under-performance and bring in new people – it was amazing how a new, positive approach made all the difference to essentially the same proposition

          attention to detail, getting the offering right every time, refusal to accept anything other than good to great being seen by consumers

  • BJ says:

    At typically £20+/kg it’s a good deal and if we’re in for offers why not so I thought I’d post.

  • PaulC says:

    O/T – anyone recently tried to downgrade BA AMEX to the free card on chat,
    I have just been told right now I can only do it over the phone!

    “I’m sorry, card changing a sensitive process and so we need to have a verbal confirmation. This service is not available over the chat.

    The card can only be changed or swapped over the phone after your verbal confirmation.”

  • aDifferentSimon says:

    Anyone want to buy some amazon vouchers!?

  • sloth says:

    O/T – Applied for the SPG card last Friday pre change over…got the usual delay message on application and was notified it was approved on Tuesday and arrived today…but its the new Marriot card. Not quite sure how that happened!

  • flamingpenguin says:

    Had a terrible stay at a HIX this weekend – Wife and I had very little sleep due to a faulty roof – It sounded like someone was drilling everytime the wind blew. It was clearly a known issue at the time of checkin as they immediately acknowledged the problem when I complained in the morning. (I also asked to change rooms during the night but no other rooms were available) It ruined the weekend as we got so little sleep and it seems wrong that they would keep takings booking for rooms where they knew this was an issue. The room was booked on points which have been refunded but am I entitled to anything further due to impact on our weekend? I’m Plat and it’s really made m think twice abiut using IHG again.

    • Shoestring says:

      doubt it

      points stay—> you already got your points back

      so now you’re looking for cash or points compo on top for a ruined night’s sleep

      chance it – why not? – but be pleasant/ polite if you are going to get anything more at all, would be my advice – maybe you’ll get a credit against a future stay

  • Olly says:

    O/T: seems like a long time since IHG announced the Mr and Mrs Smith partnership – anyone have an idea when these hotels might be bookable?

    • Rob says:

      No. We keep asking ….

      Also not clear how they will be priced for points, because IHG is paying them FULL RATE for redemption bookings. This would imply a six figure points sum in some cases unless IHG is prepared to take losses.

      • Olly says:

        Thanks for the update Rob – thought you’d have been on the case. Noted re: points too. Be interesting to see what happens with earning and free nights vouchers

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