Virgin Atlantic has announced the return of the popular Manchester to Las Vegas route for Summer 2024.
This is the second new route announcement today, following the launch of London Heathrow to Dubai flights which we covered in this article.
Flights from Manchester to Las Vegas will return from 2nd June 2024.
It is described as a ‘seasonal’ service so it will not run year-round.
There will be three flights per week, departing on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Lucky passengers will get to fly an Airbus A350-1000 (the poor Dubai passengers are stuck with a Boeing 787-9) which features the first generation of Virgin Atlantic’s ‘with a door’ Upper Class Suite.
The A350-1000 was designed for leisure routes and has a small Upper Class cabin of just 16 suites, with 56 Premium and 325 Economy seats. Instead of ‘The Loft’, Upper Class has ‘The Booth’, a space where two people can sit together for a snack or wine tasting session.
The launch may coincide with the launch of the long-awaited Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Manchester Airport. This was delayed due to the pandemic, but the area it will occupy is currently sitting empty in the new Terminal 2 pier – it is just waiting for Virgin Atlantic to fit it out.
Seats will be bookable from 7th July 2023, although only the first flight will pop up then due to the 331 day booking window.
You can find out more on the Las Vegas page of the Virgin Atlantic website.
PS. In another announcement today, Virgin Atlantic announced that it will start inter-island flying in the Caribbean.
From 14th June 2023, you will be able to buy tickets between Barbados and Grenada and Barbados and St Vincent & The Grenadines. Virgin Atlantic was already flying these routes but had not been selling stand-alone tickets. There will be 2-3 flights per week, depending on season and route.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 2023)
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):
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.
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.
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