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A trick to book Virgin Upper Class sale flights for as little as £615 return

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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.

Full details are on the Virgin Atlantic website here.

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class A350

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 on Virgin Atlantic for £999 Upper Class

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:

Virgin Inverness fare £615

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

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.

Nectar American Express

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

You can book all these fares on the Virgin Atlantic website here.


HFP Virgin Atlantic Rewards credit card

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

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:

Nectar American Express

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

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 (37)

  • dezbez says:

    Could I make a redemption booking for sometime within the promo period eg Sept 2021 then nearer the time change the date of the flights to sometime in 2022 with no additional points needed? Or would I have to pay the additional points difference?

  • BS says:

    when does the sale for cash tickets run until?

  • James says:

    Most of us can’t use Inverness though thanks we wee Jimmy Krankie.

  • Luke says:

    trying to find the £600-off UC fares from INV, but wondering what I’m doing wrong? Looking on the Virgin Atlantic but not even getting any results, just the following message when I search for any departures ex Inverness:

    Sorry, there are no flights available for that search. Please try again

  • Gringo says:

    What’s Virgin’s cancellation policy if flights are booked 100% using points (including taxes/fees etc)?

  • Prins Polo says:

    (a bit) OT – what are people’s top recommendations for Hawaii? I’m more interested in striking landscapes than shopping malls. Hotel recs also appreciated… Given the number of past promos and TP runs to HNL, I’m sure there are a lot of experts here 🙂

  • newbie says:

    I can’t see anywhere that says when this sale ends. It seems to be only valid for flights until June, but nothing about when the fares are going to go back up to normal. Am waiting to see if BA offer a similar offer but don’t want to miss the boat as it were!

    • Rob says:

      We now have the BA Black Friday offers and they don’t involve flight-only bookings, unless something changes last minute.

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