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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 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):

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ card is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points. Apply here.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 points bonus (to 13th June) 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points (worth 60,000 Virgin Points) – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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 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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  • Heathrow Flyer says:

    Just went to cancel an AMS – LHR RFS flight. It was showing full refund of my Avios, but keeping the £17.50 pp fee.

    I thought only 50p was kept nowadays?

    • roberto says:

      I cancelled four RFS flights yesterday and each was at the 50p rate.

    • Rob says:

      You presumably booked it before the 50p trial came in.

      • AlexT says:

        Yeah – any flight booked before the reservation system change would abide by the old rules. Entire cash amount paid if forfeit.

  • Grant says:

    Massively late to the party, but are Morrisons generally cooperative 😉 when topping up Monese?

    • mark2 says:

      Do they do PayPoint then? If so I have missed out big time!

      • BJ says:

        No Morrisons showing up on the paypoint finder for me.

        • The Urbanite says:

          Have to look a bit harder to find Morrisons with Paypoint. It’s too easy to use the Paypoint tool.

      • Grant says:

        There is one showing for me but I think it might be a mis-label on the PayPoint website having looked around on Street View. Excitement over.

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      You need to find a friendly co-op.

      • Grant says:

        I have several, but they don’t have a save 10% on purchases over £20 offer on my Amex cards 😉

      • memesweeper says:

        Or Londis. In fact, just try you most local paypoint first, I’ve never found one that said no!

        • Graeme says:

          I haven’t found one that said no – but I haven’t found one that works, either!

  • Harry T says:

    BA is doing a luxury sale. Nothing massively exciting but there are fares for First returns to the US for just under 2k.

  • BJ says:

    OT: Breaking news – governments decision on Heathrow 3rd runway unlawful. I guess BoJo will need to plan another day trip to some Stan or other.

    • Mr. AC says:

      Sad from a climate change perspective. All else being equal, having just one active runway for landing means that there are constantly aircraft in holding patterns burning fuel above London needlessly. Build the runway and then just don’t approve extra slots if you care about carbon. Our better yet, just set up a carbon tax…

      • Doug M says:

        So true, but you know once built they’d just expand the number of slots and it wouldn’t reduce stacking of aircraft.

        • Bagoly says:

          The formal plan proposed increasing the number of slots by slightly MORE than 50%.
          I don’t see how that would reduce the congestion problem.
          I can only think that they needed the increase to be that big to make the Excel model show positive net value?

    • Kai says:

      Infrastructure is impossible in this country to move forward.

    • Andy says:

      Reading the Heathrow response, it seems the appeal can be overturned quite readily.

      • memesweeper says:

        Can — if the government wants. Which it doesn’t.

        3rd runway died when Boris got into number 10. He was waiting for the courts to do his job for him.

  • Chris H says:

    OT: We are flying tomorrow, Avios redemption in Premium Economy using 2-4-1 voucher, to Maldives. Today I cannot see any seats available on the flight to buy or choose. Should I be concerned? Have they overbooked or will it open up tonight at T-24?

    • Rob says:

      Peak season, not hugely surprising that it is full. You only need to hope that they don’t overbook, since in general people who book Maldives do turn up!

      • Doug M says:

        In fairness their overselling algorithm does take account of destination I believe. They know which flights typically have no shows and which don’t.

    • BJ says:

      You’ll probably find you have seats allocated when you go back T-24. But looks like you may be stuck with what they you. I believe BA actually allocates us seats at time of booking even though we cannot see them. This is because although my partner is usually only blue or bronze he almost always ends up with seat 2A on a 3 class 772 if it is free at time of booking. There is no way he would get that seat by T-7/24 unless it was preallocated or he paid for it. It also suggests that elite status alone is not the primary factor in determining seat allocation.

      • Anna says:

        +1 – I often see CW showing as full a couple of days before check in then at T-24 find that we have actually been allocated seats. Just once our teenager was seated in a different row to us but a nice lady agreed to swap, not that it would have been a disaster if she hadn’t.

    • Chris H says:

      Good news – we have been allocated a pair of bulkhead seats at the front of the WTP cabin! Glad I didn’t pay over £100 for a pair of inferior seats now…

  • Grant says:

    OT – Monese gift card promo is back. FEB10 gets you £100 card for £90.

  • Axel says:

    Redeemed thanks. 27th of the month seems to be regular now.

  • Justin says:

    I booked some hotels on Sunday, and they didn’t go through until this morning. No notification about redeeming the offer though.

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