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What Virgin Atlantic flights are scheduled for the next few months?

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Where is Virgin Atlantic planning to fly this Summer?

Virgin Atlantic is, hopefully, carrying passengers again from 20th July.  It is looking like a slow ramp-up of services, however, with routes slowly restarting throughout August and September.

This article is an update of the list we published at the weekend, based on a Virgin Atlantic press release on Monday.  The changes are:

Havana is now removed from the list

Orlando, from Heathrow and Manchester, is delayed further to 24th August

Manchester to Barbados has been added as a new October service

Further route launches from Heathrow and Manchester for September and October are promised.  Glasgow and Belfast will not return until Summer 2021.

Where is Virgin Atlantic currently flying?

Virgin Atlantic services for July – October 2020:

All Virgin Atlantic flights currently depart from London Heathrow (currently Terminal 2) with the exception of Manchester to Orlando.  There are no services from London Gatwick.

You can find out about the current Virgin Atlantic food and amenities in this article.

Antigua – launches 1st October, 1 flight per week, Boeing 787
Antigua – Grenada – launches 2nd October, 2 flights per week, Airbus A330
Antigua – Tobago – launches 4th October, 1 flight per week, Airbus A330
Atlanta – launches 25th August, 3 flights per week, aircraft varies
Boston – launches 1st October, 7 flights per week, Airbus A330
Bridgetown – launches 1st August, 1 flight per week (3x from 1st October), Airbus A330
Delhi – launches 1st September, 7 flights per week, Airbus A330
Hong Kong – launches 20th July, 3 flights per week (7x from 31st August), Boeing 787
Johannesburg – launches 14th September, 7 flights per week, Boeing 787
Lagos – launches 23rd August, 3 flights per week (7x from 29th August), Airbus A350
Las Vegas – launches 1st September, 7 flights per week, Boeing 787
Los Angeles – launches 21st July, 3 flights per week (7x from 1st August), aircraft varies
Miami – launches 18th August, 3 flights per week (7x from 1st September), aircraft varies
Montego Bay – launches 2nd October, 2 flights per week, Boeing 787
Mumbai – launches 1st September, 7 flights per week, Boeing 787
New York JFK – launches 21st July, 3 flights per week (7x from 1st August, 21x from 1st September), aircraft varies
Orlando – launches 24th August, 14 flights per week, Boeing 787
San Francisco – launches 4th August, 3 flights per week (7x from 2nd September), Boeing 787
Seattle – launches 1st September, 7 flights per week, Boeing 787
Shanghai Pu Dong – launches 4th August, 1 flight per week (7x from 1st September), Boeing 787
Tel Aviv – launches 9th August, 3 flights per week (7x from 1st September), Boeing 787
Washington Dulles – launches 1st September, 7 flights per week, Airbus A330

Manchester – Orlando – launches 24th August, 7 flights per week, aircraft varies
Manchester – Bridgetown – launches ‘October’, schedule TBC


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (June 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, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus 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 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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

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 (28)

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  • Ed says:

    Is this the first time that the Caribbean sees a Virgin sreamliner (787)?

  • Umba says:

    Is anyone able to shed any light on Virgin Atlantic’s Flexible No Change Fees policy when it comes to reward bookings? Specifically have had a LHR – LAX outbound moved by a day which I assume counts as a cancellation. Anyone know if there needs to be Flying Club reward availability if trying to rebook?

    I see the following statement on the website: Customers with tickets issued: On any date Originally due to travel: 12 Jun 2020 – 30 Sep 2020 Can rebook between: 12 Jun 2020 – 30 Nov 2020 Potential differences in fare: Any potential differences in fare will be waived if you choose to travel on the same route and in the same cabin. If you choose to change your origin or destination airports, potential differences in fare may apply (but change fees will be waived)

    • Mike says:

      In the early days of COVID rescheduled VS reward bookings could be moved onto flights that did not have reward availability, if the flight wasn’t crazy busy.

      I haven’t tried recently but there is still likely to be some flexibility. At worst you can always cancel and get your miles and taxes/fees back (the latter will take a few months…)

      • Umba says:

        Thanks for sharing your experiences of this Mike. As you say, worst case is miles and fees back. 🙂

        • Northern Lad says:

          I spoke to Virgin on Friday.
          Extremely helpful and knowledgeable individual.

          Basically, as of Friday, you can move your reward flight providing ANY availability until 30th Nov. After this date, there needs to be reward availability.

          As of Friday the flights were still scheduled (MAN – MCO early August) but no longer reading this article.

          Flights changed to Easter next year. No fees (actually £4.99 refund and 10K miles per person. Ticketed within 24 hours.

          It was same route and cabin.

    • memesweeper says:

      ‘Anyone know if there needs to be Flying Club reward availability if trying to rebook?’

      Regardless of their policy the regulations require them to rebook you on a flight of your convenience if they cancel. If the outcome you want is rebooking on another flight, insist on that.

  • Gumshoe says:

    The loss of pretty much the entire summer holiday season to MCO is a huge blow for VS.

    That’s a lot of bitterly disappointed families who put their faith in VS when it said it would be flying again on July 20 but who now won’t be going to Disney and now face a seemingly indefinite wait for a refund.

    VS was at best reckless and at worst negligent to put a date on flights restarting when it’s completely beyond its control – unless it genuinely had information that MCO would reopen to UK flights and the Presidential proclamation would be lifted, and went public with the July 20 date in good faith.

    • Rhys says:

      Bigger problem is not Virgin not flying to Orlando, but the US not letting anyone in! The ball was very much NOT in Virgin’s court

      • Paul says:

        And given the current outbreak in FL, Why would UK (and EU) open up to the US?

  • Chris Godwin says:

    Disgusted in Virgin, they made us pay for our holiday to Cuba for September a week ago, to find that it has now been removed from itinary.

    Come on virgin! Your not telling me that you didn’t know hat you were cancelling all holidays to Cuba a week ago

    • memesweeper says:

      You will be promptly refunded.

      To be fair to them, internally, I’ms sure they hadn’t decided to cancel Havana at the point they took your money. It’s more expense and hassle for them to cancel a flight with more bookings than fewer bookings.

      • SammyJ says:

        Exactly the opposite to being promptly refunded – they’re now quoting 4 months for a refund, and that’s exactly why I think they’re doing this, to keep the cash flow coming. People still haven’t had their refunds from March cancellations.

        • memesweeper says:

          For a Virgin holiday? I’d expect an immediate refund or they will loose their licence. Flight only, yes, there are long delays. Last time I checked you couldn’t even buy flight only to Havana.

  • Graeme says:

    I have large stash of miles and an upgrade voucher. MAN-MCO one way on my dates is 12,500 plus £177 economy or 22,500 plus £330 premium. My question is if I use the voucher for E to PE do I pay the E taxes or PE taxes?? And yes, who knows if VS will still exist next April! Thanks in advance.

  • Luckyjim says:

    I got two email from Virgin. The first, over the weekend, cheekily tried to claim that there had been a scheduled change for my upcoming flight. The second email, an hour or so ago, correctly explained that my flight had been cancelled and I have been re-booked onto a later flight. I wonder if they got some grief for trying to pass it off a schedule change initially? In any case, I phoned up and cancelled. Lets see how long the refund takes.

  • Andrea says:

    Can you point me to the press release that this information comes from please as we are trying to get some information about our holiday booked for the 21st July. Thank you

  • thehornets says:

    My flights are cancelled as the outbound is delayed by two days. The email doesn’t actually use the word cancelled though.

    Virgin appear keen to keep my booking as an open ticket reusable up to September 2022, but I can see no benefit of doing so as I would still need to pay any fare difference.

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