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Where is Virgin Atlantic flying in September and October 2020?

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Where is Virgin Atlantic flying to in September and October?

Whilst Virgin Atlantic is only flying to a handful of destinations at the moment, its filed schedules suggest the airline is optimistic about which routes will be re-opening in the coming months.

RoutesOnline recently published an updated and amended schedule for the remainder of the summer season – that is, until the end of October.

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Virgin Atlantic long haul services for September and October

All Virgin Atlantic flights currently depart from London Heathrow Terminal 2.

The only exception is the following flight from Manchester:

Orlando – 4 weekly from 6th October, Boeing 787-9

Whilst this is the only Manchester route currently scheduled, Virgin Atlantic has told us it plans to resume flights from Manchester to Barbados and New York from the end of October.

This list is clearly speculative with regards to frequencies and aircraft types, but the following services are currently bookable:

Atlanta – 3 weekly from 15th September, Boeing 787-9
Bridgetown – 1 weekly, Boeing 787-9. Increases to 3 weekly from 13th October.
Delhi – 3 weekly, Boeing 787-9. Increases to 4 weekly from 1st October.
Hong Kong – 3 weekly Boeing 787-9. Increases to 4 weekly in October.
Johannesburg – 1 daily from 17th October, Boeing 787-9
Lagos – 4 weekly from 24th September, A350
Los Angeles – 1 daily, Boeing 787-9/A350
Miami – 3 weekly Boeing  787-9. Two weekly for the first 2 weeks in October.
Montego Bay – 2 weekly from 2nd October, Boeing 787-9
Mumbai – 4 weekly from 16th September, Boeing 787-9
New York – 10 weekly Boeing 787-9/A350. Increasing to 21 weekly in October.
Orlando – 4 weekly from 6th October, Boeing 787-9
Shanghai  2 weekly, Boeing 787-9
Tel Aviv – 3 weekly from 6th September, Boeing 787-9. Increases to daily in October.

More US routes coming in late October

Virgin Atlantic is also planning to restart the following US services from the start of the Winter timetable on 25th October:

  • Washington DC
  • Seattle
  • San Francisco
  • Boston
  • Las Vegas

Outside the US, Virgin Atlantic has said that it is hoping to restart the following routes at the same time:

  • Antigua
  • Cape Town
  • Grenada
  • Havana
  • Tobago

These routes are far more speculative. Part of the reason is that they are not major cargo routes, which means that the services would by relying on passenger revenue to break even. This means, clearly, an ability to travel without quarantine restrictions at either end.

Virgin Atlantic is using the Plaza Premium lounge whilst it is operating from Terminal 2.

You can book on the Virgin Atlantic website here.


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How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 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):

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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:

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Until 2nd November 2021, there is a special offer on The Platinum Card from American Express.

You will receive a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points which converts into 60,000 Virgin Points.

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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 (25)

  • ChrisW says:

    Other than a handful of Caribbean destinations is there many places on that list that are actually allowing UK travellers in? I would be amazed if the travel advice for the US changes this year regardless of what happens on 3 November – the US is about the last place in the world you want to get sick.

    I get that if they are operating cargo services already they’re trying to fill the passenger cabin to but if it’s only a handful of returning locals at those destinations is it worth bothering selling tickets? There’s cabin crew, f&b, check-in and gate staff, gate fees etc.

    I’m not really sure why they bother. Has anyone been on a VA flight the last few months? How many pax were there?

  • Lynne says:

    We are booked on a flight Manchester to Orlando 18 th Aug but as our tickets are non refundable virgin have said we have to go .we are worried about going but virgin insist we either go or loose the £6000 we have paid what happens if restrictions are still in place how would we stand

    • Rob says:

      You’ll be fine. August is a long way away. If the UK Government is still recommending against travel to the US then Virgin will be offering refunds or vouchers.

    • Harry T says:

      Presumably August 2021? Wait and see what happens. That’s far enough ahead that widespread vaccination could have occurred, and a change in US administration. Never cancel a flight that’s non refundable until the last minute – wait for the airline to cancel.

    • ChrisBCN says:

      You must mean September? Sit tight, there is a good chance they might cancel the flight nearer the time. If they don’t cancel, maybe you can claim on your travel insurance.

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      I wouldn’t spend a second worrying about this at this stage – it’s pointless. The one thing we can guarantee is that the situation will have changed, several times, and in a way that nobody exactly predicted or expected. Maybe Covid19 and all restrictions will have completely disappeared; maybe it will have mutated to a plague with 100% fatality rate, humanity will be in ruins and you’ll be mainly worrying about catching rats to feed to your family (OK that is somewhat unlikely but you get the idea). Don’t even think about this until June/July next year.

  • Sue says:

    My thoughts exactly. As far as I know you still can’t enter the US if you are from from the UK and going as a tourist. Looking at Florida data why would you even try at this time.

  • Mark says:

    How can i find out what days the MAN-MCO is flying. I have a flight scheduled to depart Nov 1st.

    • Insider says:

      Unless you are a US citizen, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to go

      • Steve says:

        In reply to Lynn, re flight to Mco, not sure you are referring to August 21 but that is too long to worry at this point.

        Surely though if Virgin are saying you have to go or lose your money on the flights then you should be able to claim some of the fees and taxes back. Also if any of your schedules change between when you booked and departure date you are in a good position to claim a full refund on your flights.

  • Alan Bowen says:

    Many see these plans as complete fantasy, with very little prospect of them actually flying most of them. The aim is to get funds in from ticket sales to keep the airline alive and then take months and months to refund the fares.

    • ChrisBCN says:

      Absolutely right Alan, it’s the same trick that other airlines have been using – you give me cash now for a flight which we will later cancel, and we’ll give you a voucher for the future. Thanks for the help with our cashflow!

    • Jk says:

      Spot on.

  • Lucy says:

    Students are now admitted but not Families, seems unfair, we can easily quarantine and don’t need hotel etc.Not seen them for 12 months.
    I am hoping every day they drop the restrictions.

    • Sunguy says:

      Students have a fully valid reason to be there – along with a particular type of visa. They are there because they are enrolled on an educational course and more importantly, they have insurance which will cover their medical needs.

      Just try finding insurance which will cover your medical expenses as a traveler rather than a worker or student to a country for which the FCO deems as “all but essential travel” – if you do happen to find somewhere – and you manage to hop, skip and jump to a country for which the US will allow you entry from (you must stay 14 days in that country before travel) – then good luck – you could do that!

  • Teresa says:

    We have booked to go to Barbados on new year’s eve,
    From Manchester but I have read we will not be flying from terminal 2 as its closing in October is this true.

  • JACKIE says:

    Our VA flight to Miami on October 12th was cancelled two weeks ago. We are till waiting though for a refund for a flight last March, we have been waiting since 20th March and all we get are apologies for the delay and assurances (!) That it will be paid within 120 days at the absolute maximum which obviously has not happened. I am not holding out much hope for refund until sometime in 2021 for the October flight

    • ChrisBCN says:

      Since March? They are taking the proverbial. Initiate chargeback with your credit card co.

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