Earlier today we wrote about Virgin Atlantic’s aggressive Black Friday offers, including 50% off redemptions. In this article, we wanted to take a closer look at the sale fares offered.
There are decent deals in all classes, although travel dates are only until the end of June 2021 – if you want a bargain further out, the redemption sale is until October.
Upper Class deals from £999
There are some stonking Upper Class deals to be had, with £999 return fares on virtually every route Virgin Atlantic flies. From London, the following are all from £999, with similar pricing from other UK airports:
New York, Boston, Washington, Miami, Orlando, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, St Vincent, Barbados, Grenada, Tobago, Havana, Montego, Antigua, Delhi, Mumbai, Lahore, Islamabad, Tel Aviv, Johannesburg, Cape Town.
Only Atlanta, Shanghai, Lagos and Hong Kong are priced higher, between £1,299 and £1,499.
Clearly, some of these £999 options are better value than others. A flight to Tel Aviv, for example, is around 5 hours long. For the same cost, you could fly to Cape Town which is closer to 12!
Hawaii from £999 with Delta, Air France and KLM!
Although not advertised, you can also fly to Hawaii in Upper Class for £999, return.
This fare is easily available if you are flexible on your dates. The £999 fare is from London via Paris, partly on Air France, and has two connections. For an extra £5 you can narrow it down to just one in in LA:
This is an absurdly good offer and would normally be north of £2,000.
It gets better: Upper Class from £615 from Inverness
Inverness is often a good place to start long haul flights from thanks to its Air Passenger Duty exemption. It looks like you can get some astonishing Upper Class fares to the US West Coast with a bit of searching.
These all book onto Air France or KLM, as Virgin doesn’t operate flights from Inverness and won’t book you onto BA connections. The cheapest fares (such as the one below) come with some lengthy stop overs:
Overall journey time is over 30 hours with an 18 hour stop in Amsterdam … but for £615 and the opportunity to spend the day in Amsterdam, who’s arguing?
These fares are few and far between, however – I had difficulty finding them, with most of the fares coming in closer to £1000.
For our London based readers, the snag here is that you can’t ‘hop off’ in London on the way back and drop the final leg, because you are connecting to Inverness via the Netherlands.
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.
Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (June 2022)
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):
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into 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.)