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 (August 2021)
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You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, one has a bonus of 15,000 Points):
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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:
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