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Where does Virgin Atlantic fly?

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Where does Virgin Atlantic fly?  I thought I would do a quick run-down today of the current route network as we have seen various changes over the last year or so.

This is a sister article to the one we ran last week on ‘Which is the best Virgin Atlantic credit card for you?‘. With Virgin Atlantic now a SkyTeam member, opening up far more redemption opportunities, it has become a lot more interesting from a frequent flyer miles perspective.

Virgin Atlantic’s reputation often belies its route map, which you may find is surprisingly small. It is easy to forget that Virgin Atlantic is actually a relatively modest airline – certainly much smaller than its main competitor British Airways, even when you strip out all the short haul routes.

where does virgin atlantic fly

True to its name, you’ll find the majority of flights operated by Virgin Atlantic are to the US and Caribbean, although you will find a smattering of routes south and east of the UK.

If you want to earn more Virgin Points, our review of the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard credit card is here (15,000 bonus points) and our review of the free Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard credit card is here.

Where does Virgin Atlantic fly from London?

Here are the current Virgin Atlantic long-haul routes on sale from London (correct as of March 2023):

  • Antigua
  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Beijing
  • Boston
  • Bridgetown (Barbados)
  • Cape Town
  • Delhi
  • Grenada
  • Johannesburg
  • Lagos
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Male (Maldives – launches late 2023)
  • Miami
  • Montego Bay (Jamaica)
  • Mumbai
  • Nassau (The Bahamas)
  • New York
  • Orlando
  • Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (launches late 2023)
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Shanghai
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Tampa
  • Tel Aviv
  • Washington DC

Virgin Atlantic is currently also flying to Islamabad and Lahore, although these are being dropped in a couple of months.

Seoul is expected to launch in 2024.

The route map below was last updated in December 2022:

Where does Virgin Atlantic fly to?

Where does Virgin Atlantic fly from Manchester and Edinburgh?

From Manchester, Virgin Atlantic flies to:

  • New York
  • Atlanta
  • Orlando
  • Barbados (seasonal)

From Edinburgh, Virgin Atlantic flies in Summer only to:

  • Orlando

The Summer flights from Belfast have been cancelled.

Where does Virgin Atlantic fly to?

Missing from that list are numerous axed destinations – Sydney, Dubai, Cancun, Vancouver, Tokyo, Varadero, Havana, Newark, Chicago, Kingston, Hong Kong, Detroit (moved to Delta).  Go back further and you can add Accra, Athens, Maastricht, Mauritius, Nairobi, Port Harcourt and Toronto.

Virgin Atlantic has a close partnership with Delta Air Lines, its 49% shareholder.  This adds, if you fly on Delta Air Lines:

  • Detroit
  • Minneapolis
  • Salt Lake City

….. to your Heathrow Terminal 3 options.

Delta also flies from:

  • London Gatwick to New York JFK
  • Edinburgh to New York, Boston, Atlanta and Orlando

Of course, now that Virgin Atlantic has joined SkyTeam, it also makes flights with Korean Air, China Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Garuda Indonesia and others much more interesting – at the very least, you can earn and burn Virgin Points this way, and your Flying Club status will also be recognised.

If you’re tempted to give Virgin Atlantic a try in Upper Class, this is my review of the Virgin Clubhouse lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3 and this is my review of Upper Class on Virgin’s A330neos.

You can also read our guide to Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses here.

The Virgin Atlantic website is here if you want to find out more about any of these routes.


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (April 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 15,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 bonus points 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 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 (63)

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  • Derek Scott says:

    Have you forgotten Edinburgh to Orlando is also still running (I believe)

  • No longer Entitled says:

    This appears to be an attempt at a crowd sourced article were readers provide necessary updated information.

    • Roger that says:

      🤓

      Other former routes include Maastricht-LGW, feeding Dutch and Belgian pax into VS transatlantic, and the Little Red domestic mini-network.

    • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

      I think where Rhys went wrong was putting in a section about former routes as that is where most of the errors are for and then getting confused over the names of destinations and their airports hence the duplications.

      • Rob says:

        Teach me to go away for a couple of days 🙂

        Virgin Atlantic flying to Maastricht was actually a question in the VA media Christmas quiz in 2021, which Rhys won (picking up 2 Upper Class tickets for his troubles).

    • Alex Sm says:

      HfP has never been strong on articles with the lists of destinations…

      • Rhys says:

        Getting this info is harder than you think!

        • Alex Sm says:

          Getting it – yes, I agree and wouldn’t argue with that, but cross-checking and presenting in an article in a coherent way – this is where the weakest link is…

  • r* says:

    Which airline is best for finding sky team partner redemption availability for booking with Virgin? Do they have the same availability as other airlines? Was trying to use AF site but seemed to be getting limited results.

    • BagkokJoe says:

      I was looking the other day and Delta seemed to have a greater and in some instances A lower redemption rate than VS

  • gulz says:

    I’m at TLV waiting to check in at the UC desks. VS is starting flights to London twice daily, some media event going on over here

  • Max says:

    I wonder if they’ll restart Havana at some stage.

    • Travel Strong says:

      Unlikely given the USA block on applying for an ESTA if you now go to Cuba. If customers fly to Cuba, they would now be blocked from a chunk of the rest of virgins network (without an embassy visit and visa). Still, many are visiting Cuba with other carriers totally unaware of this.

      • Chrisasaurus says:

        I did not know this – other than the obvious ones are there other surprise destinations the de-ESTA someone?

  • Chancer says:

    Hijacking to ask a Virgin Atlantic Flying Club question. I just read that their household accounts are only available to those with gold status, which I don’t have nor will ever have. I read that points transfers between members cost enough in pounds to make it prohibitive except in exceptional circumstances.

    My wife has 20k points and one of my small children has 10k points. (They each got some from a 2019 flight, and my wife a few more from Tesco.) Converting to Hilton, where they’d get transferred for free to me and used, is my plan B…but if possible I’d like the option of leaving them available for a possible future flight redemption. (No interest in merchandise/gift cards etc.)

    Taking in to account there is no prospect of my wife’s balance increasing at more than a glacial pace and I don’t want to buy more points, is converting some Amex MR to boost them and then her making a separate/identical booking to me on a family trip the only way to get her points in to use on a flight?

    My daughter’s points will likely never increase; should I just give up on those and send them to Hilton, because there is no apparent way to put them towards a flight?

    Many Thanks

    • Travel Strong says:

      Ignore the household account concept, you can use points from others accounts with virgin so long as there is enough for a whole ‘leg’ (if that person is travelling). E.g. you just need to earn enough points in their account to pay for one flight segment, and can fund the rest of the trip with yours. MR transfers would typically need a name match. Other earning routes are available, inc. Purchasing a miles booster if flown within 6 months. For such small amounts of points, withdrawing to Hilton isn’t a terrible loss though.

  • Traumahawk007 says:

    Rumour was that VS were planning on re-establishing some of their MAN routes such as LAS & LAX, they have a brand new Unopened Clubhouse in T2. I also heard that some of their issues are due to lack of aircraft and crew, who knows but if they don’t get a wiggle on EI UK who are doing very well will snap up things in their favour.
    Ps Better off these days making use of Points on Virgin Red without any taxes.

    • Rhys says:

      They definitely don’t have enough aircraft, having retired a whole bunch of 747s during covid.

  • Benilyn says:

    Anyone reckon they fly to DXB again?

    • Rob says:

      I asked Shai about this at an event last year and he said No, even with Virgin Holidays backing it. The problem is that he has to either a) run a return flight at 2am which no-one wants or b) leave a $250m aircraft sitting around for 8 hours.

      • Aston100 says:

        “leave a $250m aircraft sitting around for 8 hours.”
        Does he think someone is gonna nick it?

        • Jonathan says:

          It can’t be used for flights while it’s sitting at airport

          The LHR-DXB is heavily competitive as well, another reason why we won’t be seeing it back from Virgin

          • jjoohhnn says:

            And you are paying parking fees instead of earning money from the plane.

        • Chrisasaurus says:

          😂

      • NorthernLass says:

        There would only be competition from Emirates from MAN, the Cheshire set alone would probably keep the route in profit!

    • Travel Strong says:

      I’m surpised Cancun hasn’t made a return yet. As a transatlantic destination geared up for tourism it stands out the most as fitting the Virgin portfolio. No planes sitting on the tarmac with that timing, either.

      • JDB says:

        Cancun is hardly a premium traffic route. There’s a reason BA operates that route from LGW.

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