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Virgin Atlantic launches a new reward seat sale – save 25% on flight in all cabins, on all routes

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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.

Get 30% off Virgin Atlantic redemptions in ALL CLASSES

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
  • Atlanta
  • Orlando
  • 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.

Get 30% off Virgin Atlantic redemptions in ALL CLASSES

What do Virgin Atlantic redemptions cost?

Here is the current pricing chart, EXCLUDING the 25% discount:

Return pricesStandard economyStandard PremiumStandard Upper ClassPeak economyPeak PremiumPeak Upper Class
Antigua20,00035,000115,00040,00055,000135,000
Atlanta25,00045,00095,00045,00065,000115,000
Austin30,00055,000135,00050,00075,000155,000
Barbados20,00035,000115,00040,00055,000135,000
Bengaluru20,00035,00075,00040,00055,00095,000
Boston20,00035,00095,00040,00055,000115,000
Cape Town25,00050,000115,00045,00085,000135,000
Delhi20,00035,00075,00040,00055,00095,000
Dubai20,00035,00075,00040,00055,00095,000
Grenada20,00035,000115,00040,00055,000135,000
Jamaica20,00035,000115,00040,00055,000135,000
Johannesburg25,00050,000115,00045,00085,000135,000
Lagos25,00045,000115,00045,00065,000135,000
Las Vegas30,00055,000135,00050,00075,000155,000
Los Angeles30,00055,000135,00050,00075,000155,000
Maldives (Male)25,00050,000115,00045,00085,000135,000
Miami25,00045,00095,00045,00065,000115,000
Mumbai20,00035,00075,00040,00055,00095,000
New York20,00035,00095,00040,00055,000115,000
Orlando25,00045,00095,00045,00065,000115,000
San Francisco30,00055,000135,00050,00075,000155,000
Seattle30,00055,000135,00050,00075,000155,000
Shanghai25,00045,000115,00045,00065,000135,000
St Lucia20,00035,000115,00040,00055,000135,000
St Vincent20,00035,000115,00040,00055,000135,000
Tampa25,00045,00095,00045,00065,000115,000
Tel Aviv18,00032,00056,00022,00040,00066,000
The Bahamas20,00035,000115,00040,00055,000135,000
Tobago20,00035,000115,00040,00055,000135,000
Turks & Caicos20,00035,000115,00040,00055,000135,000
Washington DC20,00035,00095,00040,00055,000115,000

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:

Virgin Atlantic peak calendar 2023

…. and for the Caribbean for the rest of 2023:

Virgin Atlantic peak calendar 2023 caribbean

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.

Get 30% off Virgin Atlantic redemptions in ALL CLASSES

What can you expect flying Virgin Atlantic?

Virgin Atlantic now flies three different Upper Class seats. We have reviewed them all:

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.

You can read our review of Premium on Virgin Atlantic here.

Get 30% off Virgin Atlantic redemptions in ALL CLASSES

Conclusion

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

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (February 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 Money is offering double points on spending until 14th April (£5,000 cap) to new customers when you apply for the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard. Click here to learn more.

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

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) 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 (34)

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  • Novice says:

    I think it’s the old Virgin Upper from Man because I’m already booked on A330 and from reviews, I’m not really looking forward to it but would have appreciated this sale when I booked. At that time I think they were offering 10% off?

  • tony says:

    I was also notified of a 70% bonus on VS miles purchases in the last couple of days. Might sweeten the deal enough to make it cheaper than a revenue ticket….

  • Paul says:

    This is great but it tells me, when combined with the flurry go Hotels offers on Amex that there is a significant downturn in travel going forward. VS are not doing this for nothing, they need bums on seats and people are not buying those seats 4-12 months out.
    EX EU deals are also starting to pop up again.

    • Novice says:

      From my flight to BGI, looking at seat maps the middle row of UC is completely empty.

    • John says:

      Summer is over. Everyone now is scrambling to fill the empty winter rooms. TATL is at its low point over winter minus second half of December. VS more or less only flies TATL.
      To me at least it doesn’t say much past the cyclical winter downturn where airlines hope they don’t go bust until the next sugar rush called summer season.

    • Rhys says:

      You’d think so, but at the World Aviation Festival yesterday various airline CEOs including IAG, Emirates etc were very bullish on the demand (still).

      • Novice says:

        I think there is demand but it’s from ppl like me who like the shoulder season for traveling. Cba with families etc. I mk it a point not to travel in jun-july unless it was somewhere like Antarctica or something 😂

    • Chris W says:

      Virgin has run these redemption discount offers several times over the past 12 months (some more generous then this).

      There are less people travelling to the US in November than in July.

    • BBbetter says:

      Thats genius! I always thought they’ll do a sale when demand is at its peak.

  • Gareth says:

    So I have outbound flight to JFK on 16/12 and return from Atalanta on 30/12 both upper redemptions using upgrade vouchers from premium. I’m more than happy to spend £30 to re book these with the discounted miles, but can I do this and re book the exact same flights? Have changed plenty of flights before but never gone down the cancellation route

    • Rob says:

      You’d need to cancel and rebook, which is fine as long as miles return immediately (or you have enough spare).

      • Gareth says:

        Made an attempt today. It was clear the agent didn’t want the hassle. ‘No guarantee the seat will be open to rewards once refunded’ ‘your upgrade voucher might take too long to be free’ ‘your tax refund won’t be with you for weeks’ and finally ‘sorry Lon to NYC is fully booked now that day’. On the last point I decided to leave it , ended call and went straight to seat spy where it declared at least 9 upper class reward seats available 😂 will try again tomorrow

  • David says:

    Shame for me as I’m can’t travel until January 🙄

  • Bob says:

    still no points booster discount? been over a year plus now…

  • points_worrier says:

    It should be illegal to claim this 25% off unless they also give 25% off the airline-imposed charges as well.

  • His Holyness says:

    Loads must be good? 😀

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