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LAST DAY: Get a 50% rebate on Virgin Atlantic reward flights in ALL cabins

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Virgin Atlantic has been running an exceptionally good rebate deal on Virgin Points reward flight bookings.

You will be given back 50% of your Virgin Points after you have travelled. Full taxes and charges are still payable.

The offer covers the US and Caribbean routes. All travel classes are included. TODAY, 7th November, is the last day to book.

Take a look on this page of the Virgin Atlantic website.

Virgin Atlantic 50% reward flight rebate

Here are the rules:

  • You must book by tonight, 7th November 2022
  • You must complete your travel by 25th March 2023
  • You must fly to the United States or Caribbean – no other routes are participating
  • You must fly on a Virgin Atlantic aircraft on a flight carrying a VS flight number – you cannot redeem on Delta Air Lines or any other partners
  • All cabins are included – Economy, Premium, Upper
  • The offer only applies to ‘all points’ booking, not ‘cash and points’
  • The discount also applies to upgrades
  • The deal is not valid on Gold Reward Seats (reward seats booked with double points by Gold members)​
  • Upgrade Rewards and Companion Rewards, including those earned on Virgin Atlantic Credit Cards, ARE included
  • You MUST be a member of Virgin Red (join here, free) and have linked your Virgin Flying Club account to your Virgin Red account BEFORE booking
  • The points will be rebated to the account of the lead booker within 28 days of your return flight once travel has been completed

Is this a good deal?

I think so, yes.

The central issue is the taxes and charges, which are now close to £1,000 on Upper Class tickets to the United States. There is no reduction here.

However, with the cost of an Upper Class redemption coming down to as little as 47,500 Virgin Points return after the 50% rebate, this is still a very strong deal.

It’s obviously a shame that Virgin Atlantic has chosen to give a 50% rebate rather than simply discounting redemptions by 50%. This means that those with smaller balances cannot book.

What is Virgin Atlantic reward availability like?

It has improved MASSIVELY in the last few months.

Virgin Atlantic now guarantees 12 reward seats on every flight – read our coverage here

This comprises:

Whilst obviously many seats will have been taken for flights you are interested in, the sheer number of seats now made available means that you should find something on your preferred routes.

Virgin Atlantic 50% reward flight rebate

How many points do you need?

This chart covers the entire route network, including Tampa which is launching next week.

Tampa is the only route where you are guaranteed the new A330neo aircraft and the new Upper Class Suite. Here is our A330neo Upper Class review after the inaugural flight last week.

Whilst the entire network is below, only the US and Caribbean routes are included in this promotion.

Return pricesStandard economyStandard PremiumStandard Upper ClassPeak economyPeak PremiumPeak Upper Class
Antigua20,00035,000115,00040,00055,000135,000
Atlanta25,00045,00095,00045,00065,000115,000
Austin30,00055,000135,00050,00075,000155,000
Barbados20,00035,000115,00040,00055,000135,000
Boston20,00035,00095,00040,00055,000115,000
Cape Town25,00050,000115,00045,00085,000135,000
Delhi20,00035,00075,00040,00055,00095,000
Grenada20,00035,000115,00040,00055,000135,000
Islamabad20,00035,00075,00040,00055,00095,000
Jamaica20,00035,000115,00040,00055,000135,000
Johannesburg25,00050,000115,00045,00085,000135,000
Lagos25,00045,000115,00045,00065,000135,000
Lahore20,00035,00075,00040,00055,00095,000
Las Vegas30,00055,000135,00050,00075,000155,000
Los Angeles30,00055,000135,00050,00075,000155,000
Miami25,00045,00095,00045,00065,000115,000
Mumbai20,00035,00075,00040,00055,00095,000
New York20,00035,00095,00040,00055,000115,000
Orlando25,00045,00095,00045,00065,000115,000
San Francisco30,00055,000135,00050,00075,000155,000
Seattle30,00055,000135,00050,00075,000155,000
Shanghai25,00045,000115,00045,00065,000135,000
St Lucia20,00035,000115,00040,00055,000135,000
St Vincent20,00035,000115,00040,00055,000135,000
Tampa25,00045,00095,00045,00065,000115,000
Tel Aviv18,00032,00056,00022,00040,00066,000
The Bahamas20,00035,000115,00040,00055,000135,000
Tobago20,00035,000115,00040,00055,000135,000
Washington DC20,00035,00095,00040,00055,000115,000

Short of points?

As we covered last week, Virgin Atlantic is running a ‘buy points’ deal at the moment.

Gold and Silver members of Flying Club receive a 70% bonus when they buy points, other members get 60%.

Here is our article. Click here to buy. There is no guarantee that the points post instantly but this is usually the case.

Of course, transferring points from American Express Membership Rewards at 1:1, or converting any Tesco Clubcard vouchers you have at £2.50 = 625 Virgin Points, is cheaper – but slower.

Conclusion

If you are planning a US or Caribbean trip before the end of March, this deal is well worth a look. Even with the chunky taxes and charges you are still getting good value.

Don’t forget – you MUST have opened a Virgin Red account and linked it to your Virgin Flying Club account before booking. You will not receive your 50% points rebate if you don’t.

Click here to read the full details and to book. Remember that the offer ends tonight, Monday.


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

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):

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (13)

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  • aviosnewbie says:

    What is the cancellation policy? Wondering if I should make a couple of speculative bookings!

  • Jimmy says:

    The fees charged on flights are now bordering on the ridiculous. I see very little value and reward flights

    • Rob says:

      My cash ticket was £10,000 ….

      • Flyer says:

        Fair point, but the rest of us live in the real world, I’m off to LAX for £1350 on One World via Hel.
        I’m Virgin Gold, but it’s my last year. Service and food has been abysmal at times this year. 100k+ points and £1000, for a herringbone seat and a chicken pie meal.
        Your very welcome to it, I won’t be there.

  • Robin N says:

    Does my return journey need to completed by 25th March or just the outbound journey that needs to be completed by that date?

    If it’s the return journey then – If my return flight departs on 25th March from US/Carribean and arrives on 26th March will I still qualify? Or I need to take a flight that arrives in the UK on 25th March

  • KevinD says:

    I’ve 150,000 Marriot Bonvoy Points. If I transfer to Virgin will they go straight in (at 3:1) allowing me to book before mid night tonight?

    • Rob says:

      No. Bonvoy transfers to miles can be painfully slow – I once waited a month for some Lufthansa miles.

  • KevinD says:

    Ok. Thanks Rob. Was going to jump onto to Virgin’s A330-900neo this weekend. That’s that plan scuppered then!

  • spawn606 says:

    Asked on another post but have lost it.

    If I book the following:

    TLV > LHR
    LHR > JFK

    All under one multi-city booking, would it qualify for the offer? I emailed Virgin but they havent responded and time is running out.

  • sam5035 says:

    Just wondering has anyone received any confirmation that this offer being tracked when making a booking?

    I booked my flights via the call centre but they didn’t have much details and pushed me to give Red team a call. I’m just concerned that re-activating my Red account, linking my VA flying account and making a booking in one afternoon may cause VA to not track it properly…

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