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Virgin Atlantic launching Delhi and Mumbai from Manchester whilst Vistara boosts Heathrow

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Virgin Atlantic is turning its gaze to India after announcing new routes to neighbouring Pakistan in August.

It will launch two new routes from Manchester. Service to Mumbai will start on the 19th December with a thrice weekly service. Delhi follows a few weeks later on the 5th January with two weekly flights.

Virgin Atlantic launching flights from Manchester to Delhi and Mumbai

Launching new routes in the middle of a pandemic may seem counter-intuitive at first, but it fits into Virgin’s strategy of diversifying away from the US whilst travel bans remain in place.

Leisure travel – including visiting friends and relatives – is also one of the first segments predicted to rebound in aviation. With an Indian diaspora of over half a million in the north of England, according to Virgin, this seems like a sensible move. There are currently no direct flights between India and Manchester by any airline.

Flights will go on sale from 20th October.

Remember that Virgin Atlantic continues to offer free Covid-19 insurance cover to passengers – see their website here.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

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

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending 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:

Nectar American Express

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

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.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.)

Vistara Delhi to London Boeing 787

Vistara expands London Heathrow to Delhi service

Speaking of Delhi, Indian carrier Vistara will be running a daily service from Heathrow to Delhi from 1st December.

Flights currently operate four days per week, rising to five per week from 21st November. Services are operated using a modern Boeing 787-9.

You can find out more on the Vistara website here.

Tomorrow we will cover SpiceJet’s UK launch.

Comments (56)

  • Dips says:

    I am lucky enough to have both the 75 and 50 back on 200 spend. I also have the SPG AMEX Free night (up to 25K). I haven’t been a big Bonvoy user but I am building up points.
    Are these AMEX offers only of use when leaving the hotel and paying the bill at the hotel directly? Or can I use this to book and pay for a booking today for sometime in the future?
    If anyone can recommend 2 year old friendly hotels ( and possible where I can combine the Free night) that would help make a long overdue trip out of it, Thanks.

    • Louise says:

      Im in the same predicament, thinking university arms point redemption and leave the child with babysitters!

  • Sundar says:

    @Rob – Seeing some interest in Vistara, would it make a cut for an article on the frequent flyer scheme which HfP readers can consume/evaluate fitment for their needs ?

  • memesweeper says:

    Are these AMEX offers only of use when leaving the hotel and paying the bill at the hotel directly? Or can I use this to book and pay for a booking today for sometime in the future?

    *If* the *hotel* charges your card up front, it will trigger. If it charges later, or if it is handled by some other merchant not the hotel, it will not.

  • meta says:

    What was the consensus in the end about cumulative spend counting for Amex Marriott offer? Anyone has direct experience?

    • Kevin says:

      This question has been asked by various people over here but no confirmation nor reply from anyone, unless I have missed it as I am on the same boat as you.

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