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Virgin Atlantic launches a new reward seat sale to the USA – save 30% in all cabins

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Virgin Flying Club has launched a new sale on flight redemptions.

The good news is that this is not a flash offer. You have until 24th July to book.

The sale only covers routes to the United States. Full details are on the Virgin Atlantic website here.

Virgin Atlantic reward seat sale

Discounts apply to the Economy, Premium and Upper Class cabins. This is a good result as Upper Class is often excluded from these sales.

You must travel by 30th September 2023.

Here are the participating routes. Full taxes and charges are payable on top which will be around £1,000 in Upper Class, £500 in Premium and £300 in Economy.

From London Heathrow:

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Boston
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • New York JFK
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Tampa
  • Orlando
  • Washington

From Manchester:

  • Atlanta
  • New York JFK
  • Orlando

From Edinburgh:

  • Orlando

You can see the Virgin Atlantic reward charts, showing the points needed before the discounts above, on this page of its website. The same page has the peak and off-peak pricing dates.

You can combine these discounts with a Virgin Atlantic credit card 2-4-1 voucher.

You CANNOT combine them with a Gold reward (opens up any seat for double points if you are Gold) or ‘Points Plus Money’.

Reward tickets will earn Virgin Flying Club tier points at the usual rates.

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.

You can find out more on the Virgin Atlantic website here.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

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.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER TO 2ND OCTOBER) 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 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 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 (90)

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  • Tom says:

    Have enough miles to do several UC return reward flights but not remotely enticing when you have to spend £1k on taxes per person. Should have used up my miles on that sparkling wine offer.

  • Super Secret Stuff says:

    Travel demand nerves getting to VS as well?

    • Track says:

      with £1k on taxes per person, they don’t lose much selling those seats,

      In fact, could offer them for 1 mile + cash component and that wouldn’t be a loss!

      • Barry cutters says:

        Yeah because there’s loads of direct flights to the US for £1k in J.

        Don’t be ridiculous

        • dougzz99 says:

          As recently as 2017 AA sold several destinations, San Antonio, Minneapolis and Little Rock from memory, for sub £1000 from Manchester. Quite recently, and maybe still available for certain dates, you could get Palm Springs, Flagstaff and Albuquerque amongst others for €1400 ish from Dublin.
          £1K US flights my be gone now, but cheap deals typically remain, you just have to be very flexible in origin and destination, and accept £1350 ish is now a good fare for the US.

        • Track says:

          1.2k ex-EU flights to US exist.

          I count an extra day at an EU capital destination as holiday = not adding to cost.

          @Barry cutters, you responded to gaslight. I’d rather you express your opinion in a separate reply to article if you so wish.

      • dougzz99 says:

        It would if they could sell the seat for £2K cash. I’m going to assume you don’t work in an area involving pricing.

        • Track says:

          Theoretical pricing. In theory, yes they sold that last seat for 2k or even 4k.

          But the plane is departing with 5 empty seats…

      • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

        They aren’t getting all that £1k though.

        It’s closer to £700 after they’ve accounted for approx £200 APD (a proper tax) and £ 100 on airport fees etc.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          That’s the same for the £1k cash fares

          I paid that in Sept 2019 I’ll say while capacity is down Vs then times are much tougher. Won’t be long til you see 2 for £2k-2.5k fares pop up again.

  • Paul says:

    I think I have made this point before but again I have just made a redemption booking that demonstrates just how criminally high the fees gauged by BA VS and others are here in the U.K.

    I flew to SYD last Nov/Dec with less than 36 hours notice in J for 90,000 Amex points and €229.

    On Friday I booked J LATAM SCL IPC return for 77,000 Avios and £34.

    There is value out there but not on VS or BA long haul.

    • Barry cutters says:

      The issue is too many ppl ‘buying’ points . By buying I mean you get them in a way which means they have a value.

      If you actually earn them just from company paying for your flights – ie how they were originally intended . Then they are worth zero . And using them for a business class flight to Austin or Seattle that would otherwise cost you £3k is a huge saving .

      Not saying that it’s right or wrong jus that’s what it’s intended for

    • Kevin says:

      100% correct. I needed to book a business class one-way trip to Dallas next February. On BA from LHR it costs 65,000 Avios and £400. Instead, I’ve a flight to DUB for £30 and paying AA 67,000 points and £34. If you put in the work, the rewards are there.

  • dougzz99 says:

    Do all the wringers collect ‘miles’ and then whinge about the value? If you choose to build an amount in a currency you have no idea the value of you, have it coming.
    Cash is king. Points have value, but you have to accept that value is established by the Bank of Avios, Virgin, Marriott or whoever. Just book the best value, don’t chase points and then whinge they’re poor value.
    Why do people embrace things they dislike, they fly BA so they can whinge about how poor it is, collect miles in schemes they then complain are too expensive to use.
    Short haul RFS flights are fabulous value.
    People are strange.

    • VSCXFAN says:

      Just flew VS UC LHR-JFK-LHR for 35K pts, 1 u/g voucher + £960.
      BA CW alternative was105K Avios, 1 u/g voucher + £350. Since I didn’t buy (but earned) the VS points, BA Avios and vouchers (and aim to get/save 1.2p per point/Avios on l/h redemptions), I chose VS (with guaranteed A350 UC Suite) and saved over £2K (incl the voucher) vs the lowest cash fare of £3,400. No complaints.

    • His Holyness says:

      RFS is excellent value for point to point routes especially if you’re smart enough to not chase status. I’d rather be a Blue in Club than a Gold in Y as the “First” lounge is marginal over GC, especially for good. T3 even less of an issue. On the way back, 95% are the same lounges.
      BA typically dump the CE cabin a few days in advance as well.
      That doesn’t change £1000 plus miles when BA are dumping ex-EU, BUD, DUB etc.
      On RFS, If you’re unfortunately based out of LON, and for some reason redeeming on Europe, £100 plus I think 40k? Avios to MIL PRG MUC etc in CE is rubbish.

    • Paul says:

      You make a fair point however many of us have been in this a long time and its not that it was too expensive it is that it has become too expensive and our miles have been devalued time and again both directly and indirectly by way of enormous ( and IMHO quite unnecessary) fees

      • VSCXFAN says:

        Yes, BA has effectively devalued my Avios by insisting on max Avios and min £ (105K + voucher + £350 in my LHR-JFK-LHR case), but arguably VS hasn’t devalued but actually revalued my Virgin points – since by using the same 35K as 3 years ago, I’ve saved £1,500 more by virtue of the huge increase in price (incl YQ surcharges higher than BA’s!) of an inflexible UC cash ticket.

      • dougzz99 says:

        Hence my remark about trusting in the bank of Avios. Miles are a currency, but the currency is guaranteed by an airline or hotel group, how you feel about that should determine whether you bother with them, and whether you earn and burn to reduce risk, or save for bigger redemptions and take the risk that involves.

  • ianM says:

    Is it possible to book a reward flight the other way – from USA to London for a friend??

    Miles seem the same but taxes flying from USA seem a lot mores, $1200 for Premium.

  • Big Ern says:

    Not sure if this is one for the forum but it is related to Virgin sales. Planning to go to Boston next June and obviously these seats open up in a month or so. However given the type of sale being described in this article limits flights to basically the next three months does anyone have a view on whether I should wait ? So such sales regularly happen in the Spring?

  • Michel says:

    So if I book a return flight to the US for the end of September, but then rebook the flights to December, I will lock in the promo rates and pay 30% less?

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