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Virgin Atlantic is celebrating the extension of the Green List to most Caribbean countries with a special sale.

It was due to end last week but has been extended to Tuesday 6th July due to strong demand.

Virgin Atlantic Caribbean sale

What does Green List status mean?

Because these destinations are now on the UK Government Green List, you will not have to quarantine on your return to the UK.

The only testing required is the standard pre-departure test and a ‘Day 0-2’ PCR test. You can either take this at the airport as soon as you arrive home, if testing facilities are available, or arrange to take a test – postal tests are accepted – during the first two days you are back in the UK. You do NOT need to quarantine until your test result is received.

What destinations are included in the Virgin Atlantic sale?

Special deals are available on flights to:

  • Antigua
  • Barbados
  • Jamaica
  • Tobago
  • St Vincent
  • Grenada
  • Havana

You can depart from London Heathrow or also, for Barbados, Manchester.

The savings on offer are:

  • £20 off Economy Light, Classic and Delight
  • £50 off Premium Economy
  • £200 off Upper Class

The discounts are factored in to the prices shown on the Virgin Atlantic website.

These deals are for flight only bookings, not Virgin Holidays packages. Children under 12 pay 75% of the adult base fare. Infants under the age of two who do not require a seat pay 10% of the adult fare. No discount is given on taxes, fees and charges.

Virgin Atlantic Caribbean sale

When do I need to travel?

There is a lot of flexibility here to fit in a trip at a time that suits you.

Whilst you need to book by 23.59 on Tuesday 6th July, you can travel up to and including 15th December 2021.

How am I protected if the rules change and/or I can’t travel?

You can take a look at Virgin Atlantic’s coronavirus policies here.

For all flights and holidays up to 30th April 2022, you can:

  • change your dates as often as you like (no change fee but any difference in fare must be paid)
  • change your destination (no change fee but any difference in fare must be paid)
  • make one name change (if you or one of your party can no longer travel)

The only restriction is that all travel must be completed by 30th April 2023.

Changes can be made at any point up to your original departure date for flight bookings, and up to three weeks before travel for Virgin Holidays bookings.

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is another good choice, since you earn double points (2 per £1) on all flight bookings made directly with an airline.

Conclusion

The Virgin Atlantic Caribbean sale is only running until the end of Tuesday. If you want to give yourself something to look forward to, you should lock in your booking now.

The dedicated Caribbean page of the Virgin Atlantic website is here.

Comments (22)

  • Kamil says:

    Parents due to fly back from HK on upper today.They blocked out the whole cabin for crews because they are not allowed to leave the aircraft. They downgraded my parents to PE. What should the compensation be? Paid miles and 2 credit card upgrade vouchers for them.

    • Anna says:

      This is more likely to be seen on the chat thread, but are they travelling on Virgin? My understanding is that if it falls under EU261 they are entitled to 75% of the ticket cost for upper so after flying they need to submit a claim for this & if possible they should get proof the current selling price of the original seats to support this. Hopefully someone who has actually claimed for this will be able to confirm or correct me!

      • Anna says:

        As they paid with miles they might have to submit the claim for the cash price of the miles had they purchased them, but I’m not sure how this would work with an airline other than BA. The 75% rule still applies.

        • Kamil says:

          They said VS offered them a free ticket as compensation. Same as the article from 2017 I guess

        • kitten says:

          It may not be 75% but it will be close. Look on Flyertalk

  • Pug206 says:

    I have 2 prem upgrade vouchers (want to use one for each of us on same flights) and miles to use on VA. First time using VA vouchers. Can you view and book availability online pls?

  • Richard Hall says:

    My daughter, her partner and infant son had VA tickets for last night’s flight from Heathrow to Jamaica via JFK, but were prevented from flying at the VA check-in desk owing to the connecting flight being in the US. They were rebooked for Saturday, but that meant new Covid tests, of course, not to mention all the stress and disruption to arrangements. So others booking this route should take care.

    • Richard Hall says:

      My daughter has just told me that VA staff at check-in were turning down so many people last night with almost nonchalance, so they were not the only travellers turned away last night. They have tried to speak to VA today, but cannot get through.

      • Mark says:

        Moral of the story… Make sure you fully understand all entry and transit restrictions on booking and well before travel in the current situation particularly. The US doesn’t allow sterile international transfers, so all transit via the US will require entry into the US which currently isn’t possible for most British Citizens. Don’t rely on the airlines to warn you in advance.

        • Track says:

          Not sure why public treats US as a mere extension of UK and ‘cousins’ in terms of free travel and access.

          Also good to remember that EU is not free travel zone with the UK and will be subject to visa/online visa to UK citizens.

          In the pandemic time, each country is likely to have restrictions — eg, letting in only own citizens, their family members and residents with permits.

        • Richard says:

          Thank you Mark. We know now. Out of interest, are there any other countries that don’t allow sterile international transfers? By the way, when I said they rebooked for Saturday (today), they bought new tickets. They still have the discussion with VA to come.

          • Mark says:

            Not that I’m aware of, however some countries (e.g. Singapore) have restricted transit at times during the pandemic anyway even if you’re not seeking entry to the country.

          • David says:

            Wish your daughter the best but it’s exactly the experience I wish to avoid so leaving all travelling for a while longer.

    • Track says:

      You are lucky VA offered an alternative. New Covid tests are negligible in the scheme of things.

      It has been a well-known fact for the last 30 or 40 years (if not not 100+ years) that on arrival to the US, all passengers have to clear US border and customs.

      Subject to all requirements prescribed.

  • John Thompson says:

    You mention that the only test required is a day 2 test when back home. Can you confirm that a pre flight rapid antigen test is therefore NOT required before returning home?

    • Rob says:

      ? That’s not what it says. It says “The only testing required is the standard pre-departure test and a ‘Day 0-2’ PCR test.” Unless you thought ‘pre-departure’ meant departing the UK, which is not what I meant.

  • pigeon says:

    I’m afraid I’m not convinced by a sale that has been “extended … due to strong demand”. If there were strong demand, then they’d end the sale and hike the prices!

    With weak demand, there’s just too much of a risk that VS pulls the service and doesn’t arrange a reasonable alternative.

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