Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Red have teamed up to offer a 25% discount on ALL Virgin Atlantic destinations when you travel between October and December.
Premium and Upper Class flights are included.
Flight upgrades are included.
‘2 for 1’ bookings made using a Virgin Atlantic credit card voucher are included.
Taxes and fees are unchanged and remain high, with an Upper Class redemption to New York pricing at 71,200 Virgin points + £1,000. The 25% reduction in points does, at least, take the edge off.
You need to book by 3rd October for flights departing between 1st October and 31st December. If your return flight is after 31st December, the discount will only apply to your outbound flight.
The offer does not apply to the ‘we will open up any seat, any flight for double points for Gold members’ benefit.
Where can you go?
To give Virgin Atlantic credit, this sale includes all routes, even those which are currently in their peak season.
The list of current routes (we think) is in the pricing chart below. These are all from Heathrow.
From Manchester you have:
- New York
- Barbados (seasonal)
The Edinburgh to Orlando service is Summer-only. Manchester to Las Vegas does not launch until next year.
Virgin Atlantic now guarantees that 12 seats are opened to redemption on every flight – two in Upper Class, two in Premium and eight in Economy Classic. Obviously some of these may already have gone, as these flights have been on sale for almost a year.
What do Virgin Atlantic redemptions cost?
Here is the current pricing chart, EXCLUDING the 25% discount:
|Return prices||Standard economy||Standard Premium||Standard Upper Class||Peak economy||Peak Premium||Peak Upper Class|
|Turks & Caicos||20,000||35,000||115,000||40,000||55,000||135,000|
Sao Paulo is not on this list as it doesn’t launch until 2024, outside the promotional period.
Here are the peak and off-peak dates. For non-Caribbean routes for the rest of 2023:
…. and for the Caribbean for the rest of 2023:
Virgin Atlantic redemptions now earn tier points
Don’t forget that, unlike almost any other airline, redemptions on Virgin Atlantic earn you tier points.
On redemption flights, you will usually earn the following:
- Economy: 25 tier points each way
- Premium: 50 tier points each way
- Upper Class: 100 tier points each way
You don’t earn Virgin Points on reward tickets, for obvious reasons!
You can learn about tier points on this page of the Virgin Atlantic website.
What can you expect flying Virgin Atlantic?
Virgin Atlantic now flies three different Upper Class seats. We have reviewed them all:
- Virgin Atlantic A350 Upper Class suite review
- Virgin Atlantic A330neo Upper Class review (image above)
- Virgin Atlantic 787 and A330 Upper Class review
In addition to the usual amenities you’d expect form a business class flight, Virgin Atlantic aircraft also feature a bar or social space for Upper Class passengers – a unique feature that only the Middle Eastern airlines such as Emirates and Qatar Airways usually offer.
You’ll also get access to the impressive Virgin Clubhouse at Heathrow, which we’ve reviewed here.
Virgin Atlantic has launched a major reward flight sale. What’s important is that ALL routes are included, even those such as Dubai and the Caribbean which have their peak season between October and December.
Premium and economy flights are also included, with economy redemptions ticketing into Economy Classic with 23kg checked baggage allowance.
Whilst you can’t get a 25% refund on an existing booking, if you called up and paid the £30 change fee to move your outbound or inbound flight the whole trip should reprice at the lower rate. You could also cancel completely and rebook if seats are available. Be wary of doing this if you booked a long time ago when taxes are lower, as you would be liable for the current rate.
You need to book by 3rd October, for flights departing before the end of December.
The savings are now live on the Virgin Atlantic website here. Just enter your destination and dates. To find reward flights, simply click ‘Advanced’ and select ‘Points’.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (December 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):
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into 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.)