Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines return to Heathrow Terminal 3
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Virgin Atlantic and its partner Delta Air Lines have announced they will be returning to Heathrow Terminal 3 next week for the first time in almost 18 months.
The move will happen on the 15th July, ie. next Thursday.
Terminal 3 has been shut for most of the pandemic and is currently the ‘plague terminal’ for red list arrivals. These flights will move to Terminal 4 once Terminal 3 re-opens.
This is great news for anyone flying in Upper Class, as Virgin will also re-open its Clubhouse lounge. You’ll get the full Virgin Atlantic experience from beginning to end rather than being put up in a third party lounge. Our last review of the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3 is here.
The good news is that the Virgin Clubhouse has always offered an a la carte menu that you can order from your table, so the experience will be very similar to what it was pre-Covid. Only a handful of areas will be out of bounds, including the pool table and bar seating. I imagine that this will be revisited from 19th July.
The Revivals (arrivals) lounge and the Upper Class Wing drive-thru check-in will also reopen.
There is no word yet on whether American Airlines will return to Terminal 3 or whether the long-term plans to move it into Terminal 5 will be brought forward. It is unlikely that British Airways will have enough demand to reopen its Terminal 3 facilities in the short term. Whilst Emirates flights will arrive at the ‘Red List’ Terminal 4, there are no departures from there so we could see them back in Terminal 3 soon.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (March 2023)
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):
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review
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 Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four 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 from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable 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.
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
American Express Business Platinum
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American Express Business Gold
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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points.
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