Can I amend a Virgin redemption ticket to a companion ticket?
17th September 2023 at 22:13MC
Hi, I was hoping to combine a Virgin Reward Upper Class return from Manchester to Orlando with a companion voucher, so it would cost a total of 115,000 points for 2 returns in UC, plus taxes/fees. I recently hit the £10k spend on Virgin Credit Card plus but have just realised that I will have to wait until after my next statement (at least) which isn’t due for 3 weeks, to receive any voucher. Unfortunately, I can’t risk waiting that long. I will be 331 days out from my flight in around 7 days. So, now I think I’ll have to try and use 115,000 points for two outbound UC reward flights and then 2 weeks later try and grab 2 inbound UC flights for another 115,000 points when they’re released. Is there any way to change the reward flight to a companion one at a later date? Or will I have to take the hit and use 230,000 points for 2 UC round trip reward flights and use the Companion voucher at a later date? Thanks18th September 2023 at 02:47ChasP
not earned an upgrade voucher for a while but 2 years ago it appeared in my account – just a single line – about 5 days after hitting target18th September 2023 at 06:59NorthernLass
MAN-MCO availability always seems pretty good, even at peak periods, according to SeatSpy. But if you haven’t got your voucher for the outbound booking, you could use it for 2 people on the inbound.18th September 2023 at 09:26AL
Whilst most MAN-MCO services are run by A35Ks, the aircraft operating those routes tend to have tiny Upper cabins. That means, if you’re looking for the bigger social spaces, you might be out of luck. MAN ground handling is, too, abhorrent. I personally prefer to get to LHR, especially if flying in Upper, to make use of the Clubhouse, for which the 1902 is no contender.
Once ticketed, I do not believe they will re-ticket a revenue ticket as a reward, but you can try.18th September 2023 at 09:44MC
Thank you all. I did consider using voucher for inbound but because it will be a companion voucher, I assume I’d have to use points for first person so would only be getting half the value, 57,500 points saved rather than 115,000 for a companion return? To upgrade both inbounds would also only save 50,000 points. I’m trying to work out best use of points. I agree re comment on Manchester. Returned this month from MCO and waited 90 mins for luggage to appear, despite the UC cases supposedly offloaded as a priority. Will the credit card rewards voucher just appear in my flying club account as a one liner or is it on credit card statement? I’m not sure how to tell when I’ve got it?18th September 2023 at 09:45MC
Thank you all. I did consider using voucher for inbound but because it will be a companion voucher, I assume I’d have to use points for first person so would only be getting half the value, 57,500 points saved rather than 115,000 for a companion return? To upgrade both inbounds would also only save 50,000 points as can only upgrade one class with voucher. I’m trying to work out best use of points. I agree re comment on Manchester. Returned this month from MCO and waited 90 mins for luggage to appear, despite the UC cases supposedly offloaded as a priority. Will the credit card rewards voucher just appear in my flying club account as a one liner or is it on credit card statement? I’m not sure how to tell when I’ve got it?18th September 2023 at 09:50NorthernLass
It’s a one liner in your FC account. I can’t remember when mine arrived but I don’t think they necessarily correlated to the statement date.
If you haven’t got a certain level of status, upgrading uses less points than a 241, because of the 50% extra points required for UC.18th September 2023 at 21:17AL
I agree re comment on Manchester. Returned this month from MCO and waited 90 mins for luggage to appear, despite the UC cases supposedly offloaded as a priority.
Whilst I can see why people throw the shade at the operating airlines, this is actually just poor ground handling. Priority cases, theoretically, get thrown in the same bin together, so they’re first off. I suspect, though, they’re not always loaded last, so they just end up somewhere on the plane.19th September 2023 at 07:16MC
Thanks NorthernLass, after your comment re the arrival of the cc reward voucher I checked my FC account again and it has just appeared today as described, as a one liner, 5 days after threshold spend reached. So, I didn’t need to wait for CC statement as advised by CC call centre.
My next question is whether a companion reward return voucher can be split over the outbound/inbound legs? The outbound is available in a few days, and I’m hoping to grab that and then get the inbound a couple of weeks later. The first person I spoke to on the Silver FC number told me this was possible and they could action half the reward voucher and the other half when inbound available. But when I called again re missing points the second person told me they couldn’t split it. Does anyone know if it is possible? I’m not sure I want to risk waiting the 2 weeks for the return to be available before booking because there are only 2 UC reward seats available per flight, so chances are the inbound will be gone before the outbound is released.19th September 2023 at 09:46Gary
You can split a voucher. When gifting, it needs to be a whole voucher. Good luck.19th September 2023 at 12:08NorthernLass
Yes, you can definitely use half a voucher, I have done this. Booking separately may cost you more in surcharges, though, I don’t know if they recalculate these when you book the inbound?19th September 2023 at 12:13Gary
I don’t know if they recalculate these when you book the inbound?
They do.19th September 2023 at 18:09MC
Thank you all. As per your advice, they did let me split my reward companion voucher. So, I’ve booked the outbound in UC, using points for me and half a companion voucher for daughter. Just need to wait for the inbound dates to be released now.19th September 2023 at 18:20NorthernLass19th September 2023 at 19:56MC
Of course. So, far the fees/taxes were £595.88 per person for both the Companion and points seat, so £1191.76 in total. They both required a different booking reference. I’m not sure if when I get the inbound if the fees will be the same again or will it be priced in dollars/a different amount? I know the fees appear slightly higher doing it separately than as a return booking but I’ll let you know what happens if they get recalculated.
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