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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.

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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 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 virginatlantic.com or via Virgin Holidays

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

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

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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

Conclusion

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.


HFP Virgin Atlantic Rewards credit card

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (January 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.

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 (262)

  • BSI1978 says:

    Been a while since I have flown VS, do all UC fares from Heathrow include access to the Clubhouse or are there restrictions? £1k to LV seems very tempting such I am leaning towards cancelling the existing BA booking….

  • Jim says:

    This prompts a question: I’m close to hitting spend on the Virgin Rewards+ CC for the 2-4-1 voucher… If i make a purchase to push me over the limit today, would that apply instantly?
    Or do you know if there’s a delay until I get this (and if so how long it will be?) Thanks!!

    • dezbez says:

      Jim: can’t remember precisely but no more than a few days, definitely less than a week. It wasn’t instant though.

    • rachael says:

      you need to call virgin and ask for it to go into your account. Pain during the sale

  • James says:

    Would anyone be able to suggest of the top of their head what the best option flying long haul from the UK for two people is? For instance Virgins a350 seat looks nice but there doesn’t seem an option for any together, their 787 seems to offer that but apparently isn’t as comfortable, is confusing lol

    • Bryan says:

      Are you refering to upper class? If so the A350 offers seats together in the middle.

  • Thomas O'Brien says:

    Looking to book the 350 to JNB in Premium and then use voucher to upgrade to Upper and it says infant is 5000 each way but cant see anything about additional taxes. Anyone know if you have to pay any?

  • Reney says:

    Some help pls. So I have 100k points, 2 vouchers and I am a red level. I want to buy 2 return ticket UC to HKG from LHR. For May the return points for premium seems to be 22400, for UC 39900. I feel like I would be wasting the vouchers using them. But pretty sure one might expire before I get around to using them if I don’t use it now.

    If I look in late September the grid comes up as there are returns flights for 36k, in practice, I can’t find any VS flights on the return leg they seem to have only KLM business class back. What am I doing wrong? Or has September/October all sold out?

    • Tom says:

      There doesn’t seem to be any availability in October at all. A few dates outbound in September. I booked this route for two for end of June today. 2 vouchers, 60k points and £1100 in taxes. Compared to cash price today of £3000. Not bad for something that 3 or 4 months ago I had written off.

  • Steve says:

    Have booked CPT for £998 each for Easter! very happy and looking forward to a change from BA. Hope The Clubhouse will have re-opened by then and the vaccinations are all done.

    • pigeon says:

      Don’t want to burst your bubble but VS has been cancelling CPT services left, right and centre and are refusing to re-book until flights resume, even for passengers without a permanent UK address. If you’re booking non-refundable hotels be aware you might be buying a last-minute BA ticket in economy (for more than £999) to salvage your trip!

    • Genghis says:

      I had a little look at these: the return flight from CPT at 8am – urgh. What a waste.

      • pigeon says:

        They’ve retimed some flights from 8.00 to 9.05. My guess is the 9.05 flights are currently slated to run, whereas the 8.00 flights have not been schedule-changed and are therefore likely to be canned.

  • Dubious says:

    Was looking at this considering a HKG-LHR booking, but got distracted and ended up buy some new crockery instead!

  • TripRep says:

    Only got Red status, but do have a voucher to use, so I’d save 50% on the extra pax points, so I found a potential sweet spot…

    Upper Class Return, LHR-MCO, £665 + 39,300 miles each (Changable/Cancellable for £30 fee)

    Cash price for a Upper Class rtn is £3400+ each (Flexible/changeable ticket)

    Pretty decent if you ask me, anyone beat that for value?