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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 (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 (143)

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  • Ricatti says:

    Increasingly, I find that even 100% bonus IHG points are way too expensive.

    Usually one can find cash rate on verge of a good deal for any location, if not striving for “high end” ICs like Amstel, Paris or Estoril.

    • Gerry says:

      No great offers on ihg lately

      • Ricatti says:

        It’s different. Sweet spots were eliminated, and is Pointsbreak.

        As Rob says, there is no game/roulette element to score a bargain.

        • Crafty says:

          If you happen to need to stay in Leeds occasionally, most of the HIX properties are 15,000 points and always have availability. This can be good value as hotel costs in Leeds fluctuate enormously on demand.

    • Ricatti says:

      If someone thinks, “this guy is not likely to be a customer”, I am the person who bought up to maximum points allowance each year in each major scheme (IHG, SPG), and then sum for family member accounts.

  • Mike says:

    “my status is higher than hers” – I keep telling mine the same but all I get is a dirty look !

  • A270 says:

    OT: I have 4 x economy tickets booked to Abu Dhabi via Swiss Air during Easter holidays. The stay there is through redeeming my Marriott Package which expires in early May. If we voluntarily decide not to go, what is the airline and airline likely to offer? It wasn’t a refundable ticket. Also, if UAE cancels flights from UK, what will be my position? I do have Amex platinum but ticket was booked through some other Amex 6 months ago. If there’s an article I could read to find out my options please do redirect. Just trying to think ahead and follow the recommended course so I don’t find out too late that we should have done something earlier. Many thanks.

    • A270 says:

      Sorry, I meant what is the airline and hotel likely to offer. Just trying to find out how to go about it with Swiss and Marriott should the need arise.

      • Ian M says:

        Regarding the Marriott stay, you’ll be able to cancel that and get your 7 night certificate back, the cancellation policy is the same as a normal redemption booking. If you call Marriott and ask nicely, they will normally extend a certificate by 12 months, provided it has not already been extended.

  • Mj says:

    OT – logged into my wife’s virgin shop account and the 8 points per £ over £20 spend is now until late March. Haven’t checked mine yet but assume it’s would be the same? The purchase I made on her card hasn’t tracked after over a week, thankfully it was only £50 whereas all mine for much larger amounts have.

    • SteveD says:

      I’ve also had an extension to the offer – now expires 25th March.

      • GRIMZ says:

        Me too ( :

      • Shoestring says:

        same here

        I guess it was always there: [Rewards will not be earned on items purchased within Morrison’s cafes, petrol stations, garden centres, pharmacies, cash offices, gift cards, flower world, seasonal stores or on dry cleaning.]

        anybody got the miles, anyway?

        • SteveD says:

          They’ve tracked but still showing as Pending.

        • RussellH says:

          Virgin say that it will be 45 days before you get the miles. In my (very limited) experience it is more like 55 – 60 days.

          But at least the instore things like Morrisons do (usually) track – I did two online shops in January, neither of which tracked. Virgin are still “investigating” a month later. I shall not be bothering with Virgin online shopping again.

          I have had one instore purchase that failed to track: after about 7 weeks they finally went “pending”. Two months later I got the miles. Three weeks after that the transaction was “cancelled”, though the miles are still in my a/c a few weeks later. It all seems a massive mess.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Cool can now double dip with my March spend £2900 get 1500 MR – better than nothing

  • Mark says:

    O/T, just triggered the bonus on the free IHG card but its showing up as 10k points not the higher 20k on my credit card account; is this normal and creation will just send over the additional points to my account separately? Thanks

    • Grant says:

      Terms say 90 days for the additional 10k. Lots of us in the same boat

    • BJ says:

      Lucky you and others, I applied about a month ago. Weekly calls, various emsails and I’m still waiting to receive my card. Their CS is worse than Hilton and that’s saying something.

  • mark2 says:

    I have just looked at my Amex Bonvoy account and a charge on 25 Feb has only received 2 points per £. I am sure that this will be rectified with a phone call but it shows that existing accounts are subject to the new rules (with possibility of negotiation reportedly).

    • Ed says:

      I just saw this on my account. Transactions made well before the change deadline have been awarded only 2 points per £1. What a joke.

    • Lev441 says:

      Same here, large transaction for £10k only 2 points per £1 produced on 25/02…

      • rams1981 says:

        Amex are clowns. I’ve had the card less than a month and they are saying they wrote to me about the change of earnings rate which is a lie. I’m raising a formal complaint with them.

        • Lady London says:

          The onus is on them to prove you received it. Likely they didn;t send to a lot of people. If it’s a detrimental change, after notice is given then the effects of the detrimental change cant start until that notice elapses. Notice required and method of communication will be in the t’s and c’s but has to be reasonable.

        • BJ says:

          I’ve had mine 3 weeks, no notice either. Who cares, was a fabulous deal so I’m quite happy as always to let them have about 6 months before I notice the problem or notice arrives. Amex have been good to me, I’ve never made a habit of lining up the ducks and running off with the prizes straight away and I’m not about to start now. Sand eith annual fees, if you can recoup them then what’s the rush to cancel? My green card has been superb value this past year.

      • LST says:

        Same here, will be calling them today to complain and, most likely, cancel the card.


    • Anna says:

      My SPG Amex will be used for our next 3 Marriott stays in March and April then it’s going to be cancelled and a pro-rata fee refund requested.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Even better I have received 5x for Marriott transactions I made 2/3 days ago (2x as standard plus 3x as a bonus which should be 4x) – clowns

  • TripRep says:

    Rob – as this is bits, what’s your thoughts on a possible IAG future takeover bid for Norwegian? Its share price is down 90% since 2016 and still no sign of making an emergency landing.

    The COVID19 effect on pax appetite to fly must also be damaging FlyBE too…..

    • Don says:

      The COVID19 impact on flights and tourism is going to hurt a lot I think.
      Walt Disney Company take more Operating Income from Parks & Experiences than they do from their Studio Entertainment and Shanghai & Hong Kong parks have been closed for over a month.

    • Jamie says:

      As someone with Norwegian flights in April, is there anything I can do? I’ve got good travel insurance and paid for flights on Amex. Amex have to pay for alternative flights if Norwegian goes under right?

    • Rob says:

      With Norwegian pulling back from a lot of routes, I don’t think they are as much of a concern to IAG as they were. The value was only in effectively closing down their UK operation.

    • marcw says:

      It’s better to wait for collapse and take whatever is left.

  • Craig says:

    OT: Data point, Mrs S applied for the SPG on Sunday, referral points hit my account today. The decision is whether to spend the old SPG target and see what happens or phone and cancel immediately when she realises the earning is not what she expected?

    • Liz says:

      Hubby applied on Monday and my referal pts posted yesterday. We are going to spend the £1000 and hope for the 33K bonus – within 24 mths but used a new email address. Fingers crossed.

      • BJ says:

        No new details of any sort are required nor is necessary to leave the existing cardholder field in the application unticked.

        • Phil G says:

          I got a new card 4 weeks ago with same details and less than 24 months, I have not had the sign up bonus despite passing the 1K threshold over a week ago and all the transactions have had the points allocated.

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