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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 (November 2021)

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 15,000 points):

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending 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:

Nectar American Express

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:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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)

  • mark2 says:

    on the subject of 10% back at Morrison’s I also had 5% back appear later and saved that too.
    My last purchases received two emails each; has anyone had two statement credits in similar cases?

  • Go says:

    Airline shares getting hammered, unsurprisingly. Many had been on a good run since the autumn so perhaps a correction was needed? Any brave souls prepared to buy?

  • Zara says:

    OT: @Rob. I mentioned a week ago that the ibis where I bought the business card said I would get a £20 refund in a couple of weeks time. Well, it has arrived in exactly a week and I’m pleasantly surprised myself as I did not expect it!

    • Rob says:

      Thanks – I will have a dig as it wasn’t on the website.

    • Lady London says:

      Getting a bit tired of paying full price for this then finding out shortly after others have received decent offers or not had their status cut before the end of the validity…!

      As I say, sup with Accor at your peril

      But I am glad you got sorted, @Zara

  • LST says:

    Called Amex to cancel my Bonvoy card, was offered 3/£ for another 3 months, so will hang onto it for the time being.


    • Rob mc says:

      Who offered? I called yesterday and said they can’t do anything at all. Did ring post 7pm though.

      • manoj brahmbhatt says:

        The agent on the phone offered it when I said I was thinking of cancelling after the next points sweep, called today at 2pm. From the accent, I would hazard a guess it was an agent in the Phillipines rather then Brighton, obviously it could quite easily have been someone with an accent working at Brighton!


  • grammer says:

    O/T Tesco Pet Insurance

    Does anyone have any data points for when the bonus points should post to my clubcard account? I called tesco bank who confirmed I was eligible for the bonus and that my clubcard no. was associated with the policy starting 13th Jan. They would only commit to “…the points should post before the next statement…”

    P.S. I did a cheeky double dip if that’s a factor?

    • BJ says:

      People reported the stated 35d plus one or two I think. You’ll have to hang in there some months to see if double dip works unless they decline it quickly.

    • grammer says:

      Just checked and the points posted today… 🙂

  • Boi says:

    I have a 4 night stay coming up. Can’t decide whether to book Hilton (gold) or IHG (play) What do people do when hotels are equally matched?
    I am not paying from my own pocket…
    It’s a toss between Hampton and holiday inn ( town doesn’t have too many choices)

    • Jonty says:

      Hampton likely to be more modern than HI, HI brekky likely better than Hampton. Four one night stays changing every night best for points, worst for faff.

    • BJ says:

      Base it on promotional benefit to you, EQN may also be a factor in your decision.

    • Lady London says:

      For me Hilton.
      Even though IHG seems to have lost their way on their loyalty incentive strategy, if you do have any IHG points I have found they will get you out of a hole sometimes with a bit more flexibility than Hilton points.

      Plus I haven’t stayed in a Hampton that was any worse than the best HIX I’ve stayed in, I find the quality of the rooms much better.

      • BJ says:

        I agree on quality of Hampton versus HIX. However, I’ve noticed Hamptons seem to show their age quicker. Probably just because they are nicer to start with, any deterioration is more obvious.

  • Aleks Nicole says:

    I’m currently booked onto a China Eastern flight from Male – Colombo on 4th April, MU714.
    I’m trying to find out if these flights are still running due to Corona and if I’m eligible for a refund – China Eastern’s terrible website is giving me nothing and Google is just telling me that the flight is currently not running but with no other information. Do any of the wizards on here know how I could go about getting accurate information?

    • BJ says:

      Have you tried…
      Contact Us. London Town Office: Add: 37-39 George Street, London W1U 3QD Tel: 020 7935 2676. E-mail: [email protected](for English only) Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 0900 – 1700 .

  • kevbar says:

    Monese rejecting a paypoint topup via co-op and amex the last two days for me. I’m on premium so hopefully it’s only a temporary glitch 🙁

    • Rim says:

      £240 and £240 2hours ago.. No issues..

    • BJ says:

      I had this, it now works fine so wait a few days and try again.

    • Peter K says:

      Okay for me lunchtime.

    • mark2 says:

      Are you aware that there is a limit of £5,000 per rolling 30 days? I wasn’t it until I had this problem error -96.

      • BJ says:

        You’ll need to ask them to upgrade your limits Mark 🙂

        @Harry T … see how it’s done, Mark showing you the way!

        • Harry T says:

          With Post Office blocked, I’m not sure whether there are any good options for me to top up Monese. Most of the pay points seem to be in supermarkets round me, and they only allow cash top ups. Haven’t had time to explore options to be honest!

          • BJ says:

            Must be loads of co-ops in Newcastle surely? Also worth trying Esso and McColls.

          • Harry T says:

            Thanks, duly noted! I presume they only allow £249 at a time? I may start using Monese again (will have to pay) to hit the upgrade spend on partner’s plat.

          • BJ says:

            I’ve kept mine under £200 but I think most do close to the limit no problem. I am nkt sure if all McColls tajd amex but there are reports that at least some do.

          • Harry T says:

            Are you just using the coop? My only concern is I’d have to do quite a few runs to break even on £15 a month, given there’s not a coop close by.

        • BJ says:

          Didn’t you use the 3 month free code?

          • Harry T says:

            I used the three month free code before Christmas to help me attain a 241 voucher. I’ve also used the ONEMONTHFREE or whatever it was. Don’t have any codes for a free month now, alas.

          • Shoestring says:

            PREMIUMPLEASE – 3 months

        • mark2 says:

          I don’t think that is possible, but worth a try!

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