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Good £1,175 US business class deals in the Virgin Atlantic sale

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We covered the current British Airways sale last week, but we haven’t mentioned Virgin Atlantic’s response yet.

The sale home page is here. You can book until 22nd June for travel up to 331 days in advance.

Unfortunately, Virgin Atlantic has not provided us with a list of headline Upper Class fares so you will need to dig around.

Here, for example, is a £1,175 return Upper Class fare to San Francisco for November:

You can route this, for the same price, via any of Virgin’s transatlantic joint venture partners. This means that you can also fly on Delta Air Lines via a plane change in the US, or on Air France via Paris or KLM via Amsterdam. The latter two would earn additional tier points due to the connecting flights.

Virgin Atlantic has stated that the best deals are to Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Hong Kong and Antigua.

Virgin Atlantic tail fin

There are also deals out there to North American cities served only by Delta. I got San Diego to price up at £1,254 return in Business Class in December, for example. One tier point busting routing sent you via Amsterdam and Minneapolis on a mix of KLM and Delta.

Most tickets can be changed to a new date with no change fees if necessary, although you will need to pay any fare difference.

Have a look at your options on the sale website here.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (May 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, one has a bonus of 30,000 points until 6th June 2022):

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 points bonus (SPECIAL OFFER) and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 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:

American Express Amex Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Virgin Points, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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 (24)

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  • mr_jetlag says:

    Just like Shop Small, there’s no easy way to determine whether a retailer participates in the Amazon promo. An icon or link would be helpful!

    • Nicholas says:

      There’s a big green banner at the top of each item saying small business if applicable

      • mr_jetlag says:

        hm not seeing that (mobile or desktop browser). I concede there is a Storefront search on the web, but this again doesn’t appear on mobile web or the Amazon app (and T&Cs only say participating Storefronts, not that every store will credit).

        • Nick says:

          I was on desktop, maybe doesn’t appear on mobile. Sorry.

  • John says:

    Interesting to see such cheap UC flights to SFO. That route must have been hit by a distinct lack of tech workers flying in business over the last year!

    • Dev says:

      I am sure Apple are delighted with the cut in the travel budget considering their workforce refuses to return to the office. Those who like work trips and business travel, careful what you wish for when you demand a work from home package for the rest of your working career.

      • Andy D says:

        I have mainly worked remotely for nearly two decades, just because there is no daily commute doesn’t mean you don’t collaborate face to face with colleagues from time to time.

      • John says:

        I’m not convinced working from home and business travel are mutually exclusive. Although I’d say I’m definitely expecting to do more of the former and probably a bit less of the latter, in future.

    • mradey says:

      LAX is also cheap – I’ve bagged a couple of UC over Easter hols for 2.2K. Albeit, is Delta metal (in First, not business) on the return leg with an hour is Salt Lake City 🙂

  • Will says:

    Any reduction on TP thresholds presently with virgin due to covid?

    • Oh! Matron! says:

      No, but Virgin had an offer last year where you got double the tier points, or something for flights booked within a particular period. I’d hope / expect the same when things get going again later this year

  • Smid says:

    Seems as if the good fares to the likes of San Francisco are with hops, which is good or bad depending on how you view them and want the TPs.

  • the_real_a says:

    The last 2 years i tried this, the bonus did not track. Chat was useless.

  • happeemonkee says:

    Looking at the Upper Class/Business fares they are booking into Z class which only gives 100 TPs per leg

  • David Cohen says:

    Looks like these have been withdrawn now. They were definitely there this morning when I looked on Expertflyer around Thanksgiving as a base fare of £600+taxes, coming to £1200 all in. Now pricing up at over £3500 for the same dates and the fares gone in the GDS.

    • JMac says:

      Was just coming on to book having sorted dates, now gone sadly but will they be back…

  • PJ says:

    Same happened to me, agreed dates with friends went to book this evening and all gone??

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