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Virgin Atlantic cuts redemption prices and scraps change fees at Virgin Flying Club

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Virgin Atlantic has announced a few key changes to Virgin Flying Club redemptions tonight as it attempts to put bums on seats during the coronavirus crisis.

Change 1:

First, redemptions made between 18.15 tonight (Friday 6th March) and the end of March will NOT incur change fees.  This allows you to change the date of your redemption, subject to seats being available, for free.

Standard cancellation charges will still apply, as per any usual Flying Club redemption, should you want to cancel your ticket entirely and get all your miles and taxes back.

Virgin Atlantic coronavirus changes to reward flights

Change 2:

Three routes have seen their mileage requirements cut.  These discounts are already live and are valid for bookings until 20th March.

Heathrow to Washington Dulles

    • Economy tickets, for travel in April and May, reduced by 5,000 miles
    • The new price is 15,000 miles on standard dates and 35,000 miles on peak dates

Heathrow to Boston

    • Premium tickets, for travel in April and May, reduced by 10,000 miles
    • The new price is 25,000 miles on standard dates and 45,000 miles on peak dates

Heathrow to Boston

    • Upper Class tickets, for travel in April, reduced by 15,000 miles
    • The new price is 80,000 miles on standard dates and 100,000 miles on peak dates

This seems a bit half-hearted, but if you were planning to visit these cities anyway then a discount is a discount.  Whether cash prices have gone down by more than the value of the mileage discount is another question …..

Virgin Flying Club redemption changes coronavirus

Change 3:

Virgin Atlantic has opened up availability sharply on many key routes.  As it happens, British Airways has done the same this afternoon.

Miami, for example, is wide open with Virgin Atlantic.  Here are dates you can get FOUR Upper Class seats outbound and inbound in July and August:

Virgin Atlantic miles availability to Miami

As an example of improved British Airways availability, Easter is now wide open to California.  Here is a SeatSpy chart for dates with 2 x Club World seats to San Francisco:

British Airways Avios availability to San Francisco

….. and 2 x Club World to Los Angeles:

British Airways Avios availability to Los Angeles

There is a SeatSpy search box to your in the right hand sidebar if you are reading this on desktop, or under under this article on the mobile site.

This availability has not been opened up across the board.  I can’t see much improvement on tourist routes such as Barbados, for example, from either British Airways or Virgin Atlantic.

However, if you don’t have anything booked for Easter then now is a VERY good time to start looking.  The Virgin Flying Club home page is here.

PS. Here is a tip. Do NOT pay for excess baggage or, on BA, seat reservations.  This money is not refundable if you voluntarily cancel later.

Virgin Flying Club redemption changes coronavirus

How to earn Virgin Atlantic miles from UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Flying Club miles from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Flying Club miles.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles?  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 (80)

  • Doug M says:

    “Virgin Atlantic has opened up availability sharply on many key routes. As it happens, British Airways has done the same this afternoon.”
    I think you mean “INSANE AVAILABILITY!!!!” it’s the new HfP style, try to keep up Rob.

    • Edi says:

      Such a shame HfP has gone all Daily Mail.

    • ChrisBCN says:

      To be fair, it is a once in a lifetime event! You’ve never seen availability like this before.

  • Gavin Udall says:

    Could not find the referred to seat spy link at bottom of article ?

  • Jim says:

    Slightly off topic but do you know if there’s any way to use miles on the virgin flights to HAV?
    You can’t book them on Virgin’s website with money or miles. instead you have to call virgin holidays – and they say there’s no way to use miles on thta route due to ticketing system issues with Delta.
    Looking at previous HFP posts it seems it *used* to be possible to a bit of a shame if there’s no way to do it now!

    • Toby says:

      You should be able to use the mile plus money on a Virgin Holidays booking, which is in multiples of discount £16.50 for 3,000 miles

  • Unsavage gerbil says:

    Anyone know if virgin still do status matches?

  • Unsavage gerbil says:

    Thanks Guys.