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Virgin Atlantic has come out fighting with a hugely aggressive Virgin Points redemption sale and some very steep Black Friday cash discounts. Full details are here.

ALL redemption flights on Virgin Atlantic aircraft will require 50% fewer points if booked this week.

If you are short of Points, there is also a 50% bonus when you buy Virgin Points – click here for details.

Virgin Atlantic black friday

Taxes and charges are not reduced, unsurprisingly, but you can’t have everything!

The sale was due to start at midnight. I am obviously writing this earlier, so if it is not live then there was some IT snafu and you should expect it during the day.

Before you book, check the cash prices. Virgin Atlantic has also launched an impressive cash sale – details below.

EDIT: We have written a new article covering the Virgin Atlantic Black Friday sale deals which is here and contains additional offers.

Here is some typical Virgin Points pricing

Here are some typical costs, based on off-peak pricing:

Heathrow or Manchester to Barbados:

  • Economy: 10,000 Points return
  • Premium: 17,500 Points return
  • Upper Class: 57,500 Points return

Heathrow to New York JFK:

  • Economy: 10,000 Points return
  • Premium: 17,500 Points return
  • Upper Class: 47,500 Points return

Heathrow to Las Vegas:

  • Economy: 15,000 Points return
  • Premium: 27,500 Points return
  • Upper Class: 67,500 Points return

Heathrow to Delhi:

  • Economy: 10,000 Points return
  • Premium: 17,500 Points return
  • Upper Class: 37,500 Points return

Heathrow to Tel Aviv:

  • Economy: 9,000 Points return
  • Premium: 16,000 Points return
  • Upper Class: 28,000 Points return

Remember that you can buy additional points with a 50% bonus by clicking here.

Virgin Atlantic black friday

When can I travel?

Whenever you want, as long as reward seats are available. Bookings are available as far out as Virgin Atlantic allows booking, which is currently 20th October 2021.

Can I cancel these tickets as usual?

Yes, subject to the usual cancellation fee. You should note that if you need to change the date of your flight, it will reprice at the full Points cost and you would need to pay extra.

Can this be combined with Virgin credit card vouchers?

Yes. You can use your Virgin Atlantic Mastercard vouchers, explained in our credit card review here, to upgrade redemptions booked under this offer or as a 2-for-1, effectively netting you two tickets for 25% of the usual rate!

Virgin Atlantic black friday

Where is Virgin Atlantic flying to?

The following routes are currently bookable. These are NOT all flying at the moment, of course, but they are due to resume over the coming months and into Summer 2021.

From Heathrow:

  • Americas: Atlanta, Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York JFK, San Francisco, Seattle, Orlando, Washington
  • Caribbean: Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Havana, Montego Bay, St Vincent, Tobago
  • Asia: Delhi, Hong Kong, Islamabad, Lahore, Mumbai, Shanghai
  • Middle East: Tel Aviv
  • Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Lagos

From Manchester:

  • Americas: Atlanta, Los Angeles, Orlando, New York JFK
  • Caribbean: Barbados
  • Asia: Islamabad, Mumbai, Delhi

From Glasgow:

  • Orlando

From Belfast:

  • Orlando
Virgin Atlantic black friday

STOP before you book and check cash prices

Before you book a redemption, please compare the cash prices. The Black Friday website is here.

EDIT: We have a new article on the sale deals which you should read instead. Click here.

Alongside this redemption sale, Virgin Atlantic has launched a hugely aggressive cash sale.

The following routes are just £999 return in Upper Class on selected dates: Antigua, Barbados, Boston, Cape Town, Delhi, Grenada, Havana, Islamabad, Johannesburg, Miami, Lahore, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Montego Bay, Mumbai, New York JFK, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle, St Vincent, Tel Aviv, Tobago and Washington.

We will do a separate sale article in a day or so, but clearly peak dates will go quickly.

Remember that Virgin Atlantic will allow two date changes and one name change on your ticket for free, although any fare difference must be paid.

How should I pay for my tickets?

To maximise your miles when paying, your best bet is one of the two Virgin Atlantic Reward credit cards.  These earn double miles (3 per £1 on the paid card or 1.5 per £1 on the free card) when you book at or via Virgin Holidays

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review


There is a lot going on here:

  • a 50% discount on the Points required for ALL Virgin Atlantic reward flights
  • a very aggressive cash sale, with most long haul routes reduced to £999 return in Upper Class on selected dates
  • a 50% bonus if you buy Virgin Points to top up your balance – see here

Full details are on the special Black Friday webpage here.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (March 2023)

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 Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

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 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four 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.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable 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.

Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) 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 (261)

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  • Gary Colclough says:

    Can anyone advise on this please

    Tried to book and it said payment hadn’t been successful

    the miles have gone from the account but no flight showing and no email

    Payment info shows as pending twice and my online banking

    This was just the outbound flights and I need to know what to do with returns, no hope of getting through on phone

    • Gary Colclough says:

      I give up, the return booking messed up tp

      • Mo says:

        Best bet is to call early tomorrow, apparently people got through yesterday in a matter of minutes after calling at 7am

  • JCB says:

    Followed the advice and called at 7am, still on hold 50 mins later. No response to Whatsapp yesterday, in the meanwhile some availability has gone. Perhaps just not meant to happen.
    I think I have to book on phone as I want to use reward card upgrade vouchers. If I just booked PE now with miles, I run the risk of no UC mileage seats being available when I finally speak to someone. Also tricky as I want to fly into SEA and out of SFO (from LHR).

    • JCB says:

      Got through after just over an hour and all booked in another 20 minutes. No issue on discounted miles used with reward vouchers.

    • David says:

      Very similar experience. They need to get these vouchers usable online. At present they have issued about £4k of sales spend from me (I think twice on the phone for 120 mins and gave up! and no whatsapp response) They need a strategy for handling inbound reservation requests better as BA is much better equiped for it.

  • Tony Alam says:

    I just booked to go mco next September they didn’t let me use my cc premium economy upgrade voucher instead I paid to p.e from economy this can’t be right they said its not valid on this sale any advice

    • Magic Mike says:

      Depends what ticket type (cash, miles) and what sort of voucher it is.

      Credit card upgrade or 2 for 1 vouchers used on redemption (points) tickets can be used, its in the terms and conditions on the Black Friday web page even with a worked example. In this case, phone back.

      Other sorts of vouchers may not be permitted.

      • Tony Alam says:

        Cheers for the info @magic mike so basically I have 2 offers from virgin atlantic credit card one from my wife and from my account both virgin atlantic plus cards I purchased two eco from lon to mco for £513 plus 24800 points then I rang up to use both mine and wife voucher as an upgrade to premium economy and pay the tax they said no so can I ring back and use it as a 241 voucher instead ?thank you

        • Magic Mike says:

          Tony – a couple of things to check…
          1: there needs to be reward availability in premium economy on the flights you are trying to upgrade. (check on the website before sitting in the phone queue)
          2: if you have one voucher, and your wife has one voucher (presumably in her own Flying Club account) you may need to buy one ticket using your miles, and your wifes ticket using her account and her miles. Not sure how flexible Virgin are on this. From what you wrote, it sounds like you made a single booking with the miles for both tickets coming out of one account.

          Apart from these two points above – yes, you should be able to use 2 x credit card vouchers to upgrade 2 economy points seats to premium economy. You will have to hold for a long time, try calling early in the morning. If they refuse again quote the Black Friday t’s and c’s which says “Credit Card Vouchers are combinable with this offer”.

          • Tony Alam says:

            Wow that’s unbelievable I did exactly that Mike rang and waited 90 mins told them I wanted to use my vouchers for a P.E upgrade vouchers and there was availability at the time the last two infact which I paid with points and cash from one account. I will ring them again tomorrow and chase this up and refer to terms and condition of black Friday, he definitely told me porkies how I can only use it on a standard price ticket and not sale !!!once again thank you for your advice

  • Magic Mike says:

    Called 8am this morning and had to hold for >90 mins. Accepted my credit card vouchers for upgrades without question. 27k miles + fees for a return in Upper Class to the West Coast with full flexibility, bargain. Now lets see if Biden opens up the US…

  • Mco says:

    Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony this life
    Trying to make ends meet, you’re a slave to the money then you die.
    I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down…………

    Coming up to 2hrs on hold this morning and know the song of hand now.

  • Tony Alam says:

    Rang this morning got thru after 1hr used companion voucher so got half my points back for ,points was more important to me so now I can use it book another flight thanks to Mike for the help cheers

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