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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 30,000 Points until 15th October 2021):

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Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

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Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

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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 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points:

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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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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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The Platinum Card from American Express

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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)

  • tony says:

    I see the FT is reporting that Virgin is in last ditch talks with creditors. Interesting article as apparently there’s a new way of courts passing these deals if it’s seen as being in the interests of the majority of creditors. So presumably by claiming you’re doing all this imminently is designed to show the business is viable – even if that’s not quite the reality owing to circumstances beyond their control.

    Can’t blame them for trying, though….

  • 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!

  • ronald duff says:

    is it just cargo virgin atlantic are transporting I thought united states has banned visitors to there country cant enter the usa

    • Rob says:

      US citizens and permanent residents can enter. Anika is flying back this week.

  • Taiwo Adeyemi says:

    Please I want to be educated on Virgin Atlantic roaster system on this page. Why is the airline using different plane on its route to Lagos ( A350) and Boeing series for other routes? Thanks for the explanation.

  • eligold says:

    Fantastic availability for TLV-LHR but i’d imagine they’ll cancel them.
    Israel just extended the entry ban for non-residents or permit holders till 1 October. i can’t see virgin flying empty planes.
    Having 2 upgrade vouchers and plenty points, I’m tempted to book, but not if it won’t get me anywhere

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