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Virgin Atlantic launching flights to Barbados and Florida from Edinburgh

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Virgin Atlantic has just announced that it will be launching its first-ever international flights from Edinburgh Airport this winter.

(You may remember that Virgin briefly operated ‘Little Red’ domestic services between London and Edinburgh, which is why it can’t call the new flights its debut at the Scottish airport.)

Where will Virgin Atlantic fly from Edinburgh?

Virgin will launch direct flights to Barbados and offer the only direct flights between Scotland and the Caribbean. The flights will launch on the 5th December and will operate twice weekly. We don’t know the timings yet but they will depart on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Virgin Atlantic

Flights will be bookable from the 18th August and lead-in prices start at £419 return in economy.

The flights will be operated by the A330 fleet, so you won’t be getting the newest Upper Class Suite currently found on the A350s. These aircraft have 31 seats in Upper Class, 48 Premium and 185 economy and are the smallest aircraft in Virgin’s fleet. (The ex-Air Berlin A330-200s are due to be retired by early 2022).

In the Spring the route will be joined by flights to Orlando, Florida, also from Edinburgh. These are due to begin in April.

Further Caribbean expansion

Edinburgh isn’t the only airport getting a boost. Virgin Atlantic is also launching flights from Manchester to Montego Bay (Jamaica) from 6th November and is returning to St Lucia from Heathrow on 18th December.

As previously announced Virgin will also increase flights to Barbados by 70% across the board, with eleven weekly flights from Heathrow and five from Manchester this winter. It will also launch flights to The Bahamas – tickets for which are now on sale.

What will flights cost in Virgin Points?

The Virgin Points flight redemption chart is here.

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.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (May 2024)

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 18,000 Virgin Points and the free card has a bonus of 3,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

18,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

3,000 bonus points, no fee and 1 point for every £1 you spend 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 40,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 40,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and FREE for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn 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.)

Comments (36)

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  • L says:

    Extreme nitpick (because thats what the internet does!) – that picture of the A330 Upper Class suite is of the “Dream Suite” when they went 1-2-1. That seat was removed some years back and is not on any of the 14 A330s VS have.

    • Babyg says:

      I was thinking the same thing…. basically you really want to get an “A” upperclass seat as this is so much more private than the uppperclass G and K seats that you seem to be looking at everybody else (and then lots of rows of feet/socks)… if i get do manage to get seats in the A row i actually like the old style seats over the new ones, the buddy dinning option is still great IMHO.

    • Mark says:

      Since we’re nitpicking… 🙂 “These aircraft have 31 seats in Upper Class, 48 Premium and 185 economy and are the smallest aircraft in Virgin’s fleet” isn’t really true even ignoring the A330-200. The 787-9 is pretty much identical in size (wider and slightly shorter) and VS has the same number of total seats, albeit fewer Premium and more Economy.

    • Mark says:

      Continuing that theme of nitpicking, these are also not the “only direct flights between Scotland and the Caribbean.”

      Tui operate several routes – a swear word around these parts, I know, but still…

  • Alex W says:

    Will the fees/charges be cheaper than flying from London?

  • ChrisA says:

    Where are all the men in the photo?

    • SteveW says:

      Unfair, I know him and he’s married (to a woman).

      • ChrisA says:

        Oh Steve I wasn’t commenting on the gentleman actually in the photo – meant to remark on the imbalance!

  • Sammyj says:

    I thought this was great news, until I read that all they’ve done is move the GLA flight to MCO to EDI instead – looks like there’s no real benefit here (unless of course you live closer to EDI than GLA!)

    • 1ATL says:

      GLA and EDI Airports are 48 miles apart, in the grand scheme of things it’s going to be adding an hour to some people’s journey to/from the airport and a lot less than that or even reducing the journey time in many cases. It’s on par with BA moving LGW services to LHR.

  • Rui N. says:

    Has anyone managed to get an increase in the credit limit on a Creation card using the online form? How much did you request and what justification did you use? (“Easier MS” is not listed unfortunately)
    I tried for £3k yesterday and the “other” option and no luck.

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