Virgin Atlantic has announced a new route to The Bahamas. This will apparently give you the chance to see swimming pigs ….
The airline has also announced a large increase in services to Barbados.
Virgin Atlantic to launch Bahamas flights
The service to The Bahamas will operate twice per week from London Heathrow from 20th November. (EDIT: not 20th October as originally published.)
Tickets are not on sale yet but will be available from 11th August.
Flights will use a Boeing 787-9 so you will not get the new Upper Class Suite. These aircraft have 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium and 192 Economy seats.
As Virgin Atlantic says:
“With 16 major islands surrounded by the world’s clearest waters, The Bahamas is an unrivalled destination boasting beautiful white sand beaches, sailing adventures, fishing and diving as well Exuma’s world-famous swimming pigs!”
What will it cost in Virgin Points?
All of the Caribbean routes have the same pricing. You will pay, plus taxes and charges:
- Economy: 40,000 points peak / 20,000 points off-peak
- Premium: 55,000 points peak / 35,000 points off-peak
- Upper Class: 135,000 points peak / 115,000 points off-peak
The peak dates for 2021/2 are:
- 14 July – 5 September 2021
- 15 – 26 October 2021
- 11 – 31 December 2021
- 1 January – 6 March 2022
- 7 – 26 April 2022
- 30 May – 5 June 2022
- 16 June – 4 September 2022
Remember that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards come with a 2-4-1 voucher if you hit an annual spend target. Unlike the British Airways American Express cards, the Virgin credit card voucher can be used for a 2-4-1 or upgrade on cash or points tickets – see here.
Additional Barbados services now bookable
Virgin Atlantic has also announced a 60% increase in its flights to Barbados.
Manchester to Barbados will increase to five flights per week, whilst London Heathrow to Barbados will increase to 11 flights per week.
The frequency increase will take effect from the launch of the new Winter timetable on 31st October.
Where else does Virgin Atlantic fly in the Caribbean?
Flights are currently operating to Barbados, Antigua, Jamaica and Grenada.
Tobago and Havana are due to restart in the next few months.
St Vincent and the Grenadines is still scheduled to launch in October 2021. This will be the first flight from any European airport to St Vincent.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (December 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, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):
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.
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.)