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4 x Orlando Upper Class reward seats showing for some Summer dates with Virgin Atlantic

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Virgin Atlantic has – correctly – come under a lot of pressure recently for its failure to release Upper Class reward seats.

(It has also come under a lot of pressure for the taxes and charges being added, but that’s a different story …..)

However, some availability to Orlando has appeared if your family of four fancies a theme park trip this Summer.

Virgin Atlantic Orlando

Here are some screenshots from SeatSpy, which is our preferred route for searching reward availability.

Importantly, I was searching for FOUR Upper Class seats. If you want to go as a couple or with just one child, you’ll find even more options.

Note that we published this article at 3pm on Thursday so if you are reading this via email on Friday morning, a lot of the availability may have gone.

London to Orlando for FOUR people in Upper Class:

The left table is for outbound, the right is for return.

London flights should be on the new A350 so you’re getting the new Upper Class suite, reviewed here.

Manchester to Orlando for FOUR people in Upper Class:

Manchester flights seen to switch between the new A350 and the older A330 – you definitely want the A350 with the new Upper Class Suite if you can.

Virgin Atlantic orlando points seats

If you want to mix and match London and Manchester flights then you’d need to call up. Don’t book 2 x one-way flights online as the taxes go through the roof.

Oddly there is nothing on the new Edinburgh to Orlando service.

This still isn’t cheap, of course. You are looking (unless you have a Virgin Atlantic credit card 2-4-1 or upgrade voucher) at 115,000 Virgin Points per person plus a silly £958 to £991 of taxes and charges, depending on where you start from.

British Airways does not have any dates where you can get 4 x Club World seats out and back during the Summer school holidays.

PS. There is a ludicrous level of Orlando reward availability in Business Class during June with both Virgin Atlantic and British Airways albeit BA has more dates where four people can come back together.


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (August 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):

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Rewards credit card

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 Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of 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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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 (42)

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  • James says:

    Lots of upper availability for Cape Town this morning. 2 upper returns booked for Feb

    • yorkieflyer says:

      Thanks for the tip, just upgraded our premium flights to upper

  • Ed says:

    Is SeatSpy better than Reward Flight Finder is are they the same?

    • Rob says:

      SeatSpy is better – has a direct BA data feed and covers more airlines.

  • rob keane says:

    best part of £1000 for taxes and charges per person LOL !

  • Mark says:

    I’ve been watching the prices for the US creep up for years. Following some of the New York / Vegas / Disney groups on facebook is a real eye opener!

    We used to holiday in the US a couple of times a year, but I have no desire to return a the moment and if we do, it would probably be for a cruise out of Miami, Galveston or LA. You can get 7 nights full board on a cruise ship for £100 a night. There’s not a lot of places in the USA you can get that sort of value anymore.

    I have 4 upper class flight vouchers to use before 30th April 2023 but I can see that redeeming them is going to be an issue. I’ve got seat spy searches set up for most of the USA for next April and I don’t think I’ve had a single email.

  • cinereus says:

    Again completely pointless given the fees and that’s before ending up in a cultural desert.

    • Rob says:

      You are totally out of touch with the cost of flights. Orlando in August is £900-£1000 return IN ECONOMY on Virgin, which makes the Upper Class miles deal exceptional value.

      In your mind I think you think that Orlando is £250 return in Economy in August and £1500 in Business, in the same way that yesterday you had this weird idea that Cape Town in business class over Christmas cost peanuts (actually £5000). That’s simply not the case this year, if it ever was.

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