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Last day to save 20% on Virgin Atlantic flight redemptions

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Today, 31st January, is your last day to take advantage of a 20% discount on reward flights to (almost) all Virgin Atlantic destinations.

Impressively, you can travel for ALL of 2024. These offers often come with tight travel windows so Virgin Atlantic is treating you here. The only exception is very late December 2024 because Virgin Atlantic only lets you book 331 days in advance.

Premium and Upper Class flights are included, as well as Economy.

Get 20% off Virgin Atlantic redemptions in ALL CLASSES

Flight upgrades are included.

‘2 for 1’ bookings made using a Virgin Atlantic credit card voucher are included.

Taxes and charges are unchanged and remain high, with an Upper Class redemption to New York pricing at 76,000 Virgin Points + £996 off-peak. The 20% reduction in points from the usual 95,000 does take the edge off.

The only excluded Heathrow routes for the 20% discount are:

  • Tel Aviv
  • Delhi
  • Lagos

From Manchester you can book:

  • New York
  • Atlanta
  • Orlando
  • Barbados (seasonal)
  • Las Vegas (seasonal)

There is also Edinburgh to Orlando which operates in Summer-only.

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 some of these flights have been on sale for almost a year.

Our original article on this deal includes a full list of Heathrow routes and a full pricing chart, along with links to our recent Virgin Atlantic flight reviews.

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 (14)

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  • His Holyness says:

    It’s very Hilton to immediately downgrade a benefit so soon after launch. Look at their lounges, “sales”, customer care and even Lifetime Diamond status.

    • blenz101 says:

      As always with Hilton it is the North American market which destroys the value for the rest of the world. On top of handing out Diamond free with credit cards many of the US properties themselves post-Covid can just not recruit or retain the staff to deliver the benefits corporate want to offer.

      Daily housekeeping is a real treat in that market (due to lack of staff) so there is just no way a busy hotel can offer 2pm checkouts, 3pm check in if they don’t have the staff to turn the rooms.

      Really wished the US HH operated to a separate, but integrated, system rather like how US airline lounge access is treated for US programmes. Internationally where HH status is earned the hard way and the properties don’t face the same constraints in delivering benefits should provide what corporate actually want the programme to deliver in terms of loyalty.

      • AL says:

        You’ve said it better than I could myself, blenz101. I know a number of people who would switch from HH to another scheme if they weren’t so invested in HH on their way to LTD by now. The fear of switching to, say, Marriott and having to start at a lower rung of rewards puts them off, coupled with Marriott prices – in particular – being high in Zone 1.

  • Gordon says:

    There have been many comments over some time on hfp regarding hotel chains cutting back on loyalty benefits, has travel picked up so much since the pandemic that properties do not need to rely on Incentives to attract customers.

  • Ian says:

    Having completed a business stay, there wasn’t anything related to anything different.

    In fact the hotel confirmed that apart from the rate, the booking was the same as any other.

    They were totally unaware of the scheme anyway.

    BTW I have not received the additional points yet. So no idea how long they take.

    The 2pm checkout vanished almost the same day (I posted as such in the forums a few days ago)

    • Jetset Boyz says:

      “BTW I have not received the additional points yet. So no idea how long they take.”

      They’ve not finished building the Hilton for Business portal so you can’t yet see the posting of HfB stays and points balance. They’ll email you when the functionality is ready – there was a message about this during / after the registration process.

  • Nico says:

    On the virgin promotion, If I want to use a 241 and the return is not available yet, I can book the way out with the discount and call them to add the return as it becomes available with a change fee?

  • Matt says:

    O/T I can only see a forum thread on Barclaycard not premier. Are there any rumours on a relaunch of the premier banking 100k sign up bonus (or something along those lines)? I’ve only recently reached the salary threshold. Shall I wait, or just take the ongoing 25k offer now before they potentially up the salary threshold further. Thoughts welcome and appreciated. Thanks.

  • SunGuy says:

    Problem is that you very rarely get anything past 12pm checkout in Hilton – even outside the US – in Malta a few of years ago(2019), as diamond, I was told I had to get up at 7am and talk to the duty front desk manager …. and he did some tapping on a keyboard and said no ….not even 1pm …

    Im just fed up of Hilton refusing something basic like a later checkout …every single time – even as either gold or diamond status …. no matter where in the world you are….and making you go through many hoops before saying no!

    • KP says:

      Maybe thats why you should book a Impresario rate where available

    • Ian says:

      Rarely get any issues.

      Had an 11am checkout a couple of days ago – but had to do a 10am meeting.

      Upon asking, I was told as you are Diamond you can checkout anytime you want.

      I only needed an hour tops, but they put down 1pm.

      This was a HGI

  • Adam says:

    Virgin Atlantic call centre was in dissaray last night, managed to book with my 241 voucher at 11:58 after several hours on hold and getting cut off twice due to telecoms systems failing on their side

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