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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 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)

  • Johnny Tabasco says:

    If I hear ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ one more time…

  • Mco says:

    It should be ok to book the award flights now and call up later to apply the 2-4-1 right?

    • Travel Strong says:

      I’ve only done that if i’m booking the *lower* class and calling to use a voucher to then upgrade on the phone. I was warned off by an agent once from doing it the other way as they seemed very concerned if I had booked the class I wanted and then called up to apply for a partial credit based on having a voucher.

      • Mco says:

        Anyone else tried doing this as HFP article suggests it possible later. I have tried waiting for a hour last night and a hour today.

  • Mark says:

    Frustrating that I booked a redemption a few weeks ago (like a few others), but the chances are the dates would have been snapped up in the meantime. It did only cost us 45K Virgin points plus around £500 taxes and fees each Upper Class return to Antigua using a couple of credit card vouchers earned last year which, prior to the rule changes, I never thought I’d actual use so we can hardly complain…. at 1p/point that’s still cheaper than today’s cash fares.

    One thing I did notice that may be an error in the Virgin Atlantic credit card page (last updated on 2nd November). It says it charges a 3% exchange loading fee but I don’t believe that is the case any longer for euro transactions (only).

  • Rahaney says:

    Is 50% the best discount/extra VA points are likely to be offered at in the near future?

  • Alan says:

    Just to let you know squid go is offering 2.4% cash back on Virgin sale tickets.

  • The_Bloon says:

    Having an absolute headache working out what to do.
    – have around 60k points
    – have 2 upgrade vouchers
    – looking at SFO for May-June

    Can’t work out whether to:
    1. Buy 2 tickets at 950 each which seems great value.
    2. Do premium redemption x2 and use vouchers x 2
    3. Pay premium (aroundd 550 each) and then use vouchers to upgrade.

    I’m not sure what the extra taxes tend to come in at for upgrading using the vouchers? If its a lot would definitely just do £ flights. Also – the policy seems a bit opaque on rebooking if USA remains closed to outsiders then?

    • Reney says:

      Isn’t the extra tax just makes it up to whatever the tax is UC. So select the UC equivalent I see what the tax is.

      I’m deciding between option 2 and 3. I think I am at option 3 since when this promo is over it will take a.long time to earn enough VS points for the next UC redemption by then I would have earned the next voucher.

    • Mo says:

      Entirely depends how much you value flexibility and your cash vs points situation.

      I personally value flexibility highly and would much rather pay points than spend actual cash so it’s an easy decision for me. Personally I’m not sure I would buy cash tickets with all the things that could go wrong (not getting a test in time, america’s covid situation maybe not getting better by then etc)

  • The Original Nick says:

    I’t’s a shame Virgin don’t fly to the desert anymore as I’d of taken the oportunity of the 50% off reward seats.

  • Tom says:

    Called this morning got straight through. Spoke to a lovely chap who booked me UC redemption to Miami using premium miles via 241 voucher. Part of me thinks I’m being stupid not just paying cash (£350 more) but a) I prefer the redemption flexibility and b) My card is about to roll to year 2 which means I’ll have another 241 voucher within the next few months. So given the fact we had some of our membership fee refunded this year I’ve still saved a few hundred and can still claim I’ve never once paid cold hard earned cash to fly anything above premium with any of my 1st/BC trips enabled by this website.