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.
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 (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):
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:
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.
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.)