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.
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.
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 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:
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:
….. and 2 x Club World 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.
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):
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:
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.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
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