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Huge amounts of Orlando reward availability on Virgin Atlantic from Manchester

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Virgin Atlantic has opened the floodgates on Virgin Points reward availability between Manchester and Orlando.

This is, unfortunately, only available in November and December whilst children are still in school.

That said, there is a lot to do in Orlando if you don’t have school-aged children!

Huge amounts of Orlando reward availability on Virgin Atlantic from Manchester

Take a look at this screenshot from SeatSpy, our preferred reward notification service.

It shows dates with FOUR Upper Class reward seats from Manchester to Orlando in November and December.

Data was correct as of 8pm on Wednesday night.

Huge amounts of Orlando reward availability on Virgin Atlantic from Manchester

If you need fewer than four seats in Upper Class then you will have more dates to choose from.

There are also plenty of OUTBOUND dates with four seats in Premium, although return availability in Premium for four people is thin.

Outbound Premium / inbound Upper isn’t a bad compromise though, giving you a flat bed for the return trip. To book a mixed cabin trip you must search for Economy, which displays all cabins. Searches for Premium or Upper only show that cabin.

The seats are definitely there as you can see below:

Huge amounts of Orlando reward availability on Virgin Atlantic from Manchester

This confirms that the cost for FOUR Upper Class return flights from Manchester to Orlando is 380,000 Virgin Points plus an impressive £3,850 in taxes and charges.

You can obviously reduce the points element if you have a Virgin Atlantic credit card 2-4-1 or upgrade voucher to use.

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 (57)

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  • davefl says:

    For those going to Orlando and renting a car this is essential but only works if you’re renting at MCO which is a shame. Needs to be made more widely available.

    • chris1922 says:

      It is good, have used in the past, but only in main terminal A/B for now, not yet in C (BA). Fine for VS flights though.

    • Gordon says:

      @davefl, Thanks for this.

      • Sunguy says:

        Why not just buy a sunpass Pro ? (available everywhere from CVS to Publix to state welcome centers and so on)..

        For the initial $25 fee and setting it up against a creditcard – all I have to do is plonk it on the windscreen and update the vehicle details in the app ? none of this renting business – and its yours to keep for your next visit (assuming you remember to remove it from the windscreen when you hand the car back to the rental company!!)…

        • Gordon says:

          @Sunguy, Thanks,

        • davefl says:

          I agree and I’m picking up a sunpass pro next time $14.95+tax according to the FAQ page, but if you’re leaving from MCO you’ll hit tolls before you get to a place to buy one so the visitor pass makes sense for people who may only go once.

          I emailed them to ask if they were going to put collection/drop off facilities in tC but got no response.

          For me, I’ll use the SP in plenty more states, especially after I tried faffing with Illinois’ pay by plate system last month Whoever designed that should have their bits cut off.

          • dan says:

            Top tip is if you (on BA) tell rental angencies no flight, they will assume terminal A, so just use transit to A to pickup car and rental toll pass and do same on return!

            It does add some time but the visitor toll pass we’ve used for last 4 visits to Orlando and it’s a good service (and has no cost other than the tolls as long as you don’ t forget to post the toll pass back via the postboxes in the tunnel from rental to terminal (notes use tunnel NOT the surface level for easiest return)).

          • Gordon says:

            Looking on the comments on here and alternative research, I will opt for the Visitor toll pass as i will be using only once! Flying into MCO Terminal C but will go to Terminal A as the toll pass machine is outside the rental offices. The VTP Covers for toll roads from MCO to rental property….

          • Gordon says:

            Also if you’re in a hurry and don’t bother posting the VTP you get a $10 charge, So not the end of the world. I’d rather spend the time it would take to train from Terminal C to Terminal A and back again in the lounge.

    • Gordon says:

      Apparently this is only an option in Terminal A, BA fly into Terminal C from LGW. Shame….

      • Sunguy says:

        Terminal C MCO is shockingly bad …. but its easy enough to get the train to Terminals A and B (they are joined) …. and you could also pick up your car from one of these terminals too …. (Avis for example are usually not that bothered about which location you choose ) ….

        I think I said $25 because you need to initially load at least $10 to the account – and I would also suggest actually signing up for an account before you get to the states – you dont need anything to get the account setup initially – you may have to use a US address – dont worry as you can use an international address for your card – just your mailing address has to be US – use a hotel if needed….

    • Mike says:

      Hardly essential. Saves you $30 max if you’re with alamo. Loads of reports of it not picking up some tolls and then you get hit with your suppliers toll rates for your whole rental, which isn’t good if you’re with certain ones. My recent 3 week trip it would’ve saved me $15. Paid cash on a couple of tolls, drove through 3 cashless lanes. Not something I can be bothered faffing about with on arrival with my family.

      • davefl says:

        might only be $30 if you’re with alamo but they all vary. Sixt charge you $10/day

        Also the rental car companies re-charge the max toll rate so ripping you off, not the toll pass discounted rates.

        • dan says:

          Indeed. Thats the rip off, 2 weeks rental with hertz would be ~ $120 plus tolls from past experience. Since toll pass thing existed, it’s cost of tolls only, and it’s never failed (for us at least).

          Basically use visitor toll pass and save on expensive rental agency fees.

  • Gordon says:

    I’ve seen Universal Orlando 2-Park, 2-Day Ticket and “Get 3 Days Free” special offer,
    But not 2+2. Some of these offers you see are during peak season!

  • James W says:

    On the toll point, the car company I use includes the tolls and charged back to me when car is handed back at the end of the trip

    • dan says:

      Yeah, they all do this but in small print charge max toll rate. Lesson learnt from being stolen from by Alamo and Hertz in past! Typical MCO trip including a trip to kennedy/space coast is $10 in tolls max. Same trip year prior on Alamo they billed $120 + 30 in tolls. So yes, they bill you after trip, but at an extortionate rate.

  • James W says:

    On reward flights, from LHR I have worked out that Virgin release flights then if I am not mistaken release further seats 6 weeks later. As in 9 reward in all cabins. I have been able to me and family UC there and back in Feb

  • Paul says:

    Just discussing visiting USA with some colleagues. 5 of us agree that travel to the USA is a thing of the past unless and until the is a major shift in exchange rates. Everyone of us there in last 12 months and everyone felt prices were extortionate

  • Gordon says:

    Well, Do you or don’t you? Discount florida car hire has advised that I use Alamo’s automated system. But do not want to get strung if there’s a problem,

  • Tarmohamed says:

    I have 2 upgrade vouchers from Virgin Atlantic + card. I’d like to use them for Orlando during any school holidays. 2 adults and 2 children. I do not have any status with the airline. What is the best way to utilise the vouchers? I do not have much points either as I usually collect on my Amex to redeem on emirates.

    • NorthernLass says:

      If you haven’t got enough points, you can use them on cash bookings. As usual, Rob has done a couple of articles on this!

  • gordog01 says:

    Can you use your vouchers and points on anyone and not just yourself with Virgin?

    • Rob says:

      Points, yes. Not sure about the official voucher rules but call centre is usually flexible.

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