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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)

  • Guy G says:

    Quick question as been a bit lost with both this offer and the change with the VA voucher.

    My gf and I both have a 2-4-1 voucher and a large stash of points, we want to visit Taiwan, probably flying to Hong Kong then getting an local carrier for the connection. What would be the most effective means of booking/using the voucher (assuming it works given previous comments)?

    Separately, also seen KLM Asia have a service to Taipei, is that possible with the offer/voucher?

    Cheers for any advice!

    • Tom says:

      Unless you have status then the best way is to book premium economy with points and use a voucher each to upgrade to Upper. Needs availability in both premium and upper but for HKG there is a lot of availability.

      • babyg says:

        FYI tom, you only need availability in upper if using the upgrade vouchers in my experience…

  • Virginia Giaramita says:

    Does this sale apply if booking a flight with Virgin Atlantic points that flies on Delta One?

  • Brian says:

    Intriguing question on reward vouchers usage… Could I combine my credit card upgrade voucher with my companion voucher to e.g. 1) upgrade a premium reward booking to upper class, then 2) add a companion to travel with my in upper class? If so this is definitely a steal.

    • Mo says:

      Not possible to use both, has to be one or the other unfortunately, otherwise it’d be a steal without the mileage sale!

  • babyg says:

    I booked 3 people on one booking, using 2 vouchers, 1 voucher as a “2 for 1” and one voucher as a “prem-upper” upgrade! w00t. Oh and I booked outside the “official” booking period.

  • Brad Flack says:

    Last month I booked redemption UC to Atlanta with 241 voucher.

    Can I contact them to convert this into a redemption sale fare and they will refund 50% of my points?

    Or do I have to actually cancel the booking first (and potentially lose the whole flight!) and rebook after? Can I do it over WhatsApp?

  • Philip says:

    Looking at the redemption options and I’m short of some miles for a redemption booking – how long does it take for amex points to transfer over to virgin ?

  • Lewis Beecham says:

    After an hour and a half on hold, I got told I couldn’t use my credit card upgrade vouchers to upgrade my flights using the 50% off. I did however find out I had two vouchers, not one. Nice surprise.

    • babyg says:

      i had no problems lewis, i had two vouchers and used one for “2 for 1” and one to upgrade to upper form prem.

  • James says:

    Booked two upper class JFK returns for 34k miles all in using two vouchers. Absolute steal! Shame the A350 barely runs on this route anymore it seems.

    • babyg says:

      ah well done James, did you do a Prem>Upper upgrade for 1 ticket, and then do a 2 for 1 for the 2nd ticket, interesting there are reports of some people being told you cant use voucher… whilst you have used two, i was going to book the US but the fees/taxes vs cash fare didnt quite compute for me.

      • James says:

        I did a Premium to Upper upgrade x 2 (with two vouchers). That required slightly less miles for me, as I’m a red tier member. So it was 17k miles needed for each return, as the other option would be to 17k miles for the first ticket, using one voucher to upgrade a premium redemption to upper. And using companion would require 50% of the miles normally needed in upper…in this case 50% of 47k, so c. 5k more than going via the method I did.

        Agree with the fees vs cash thing. For my dates no flights are below £2k (although they often are), but I’m also looking at a Boston redemption. Which would be £660 tax and 45k miles, vs £989 cash. I know some view the miles as being ‘free’ but as I pay my annual credit card fee, plus sometimes use the bonus miles/miles saver with VS cash flights etc, some of those points are paid for. So at a value of about 1p a point, to me £660 tax and 45k miles is the same as £660 + £450. And with the cash fare you earn miles too. Looking at it this way has always baffled me…! Why wouldn’t you go for cash? Only thing putting me off is COVID uncertainty where a points redemption is less hassle/more protected.

    • Travel Strong says:

      I’m taking no notice of aircraft type on bookings 9+ months out, in the belief/hope that delivery of more A350’s and new A339’s (plus changed passenger numbers in the new world) will occur and shake up the schedule overall.

      The LAS route could be a prime candidate for an aircraft change as they have the aging
      old upper product flying on their only flight each day, and using a 787 for vegas in the summer is a careful balance of cargo and passenger numbers – which may not stack up in the future.