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  • LP

    I’m looking to book 2 x return UC flights from LHR to LAS but I’m currently red status.

    I can book my seat with points + taxes, but because of my red status, the companion seat in UC will be at 0.5x points + taxes.

    Can I use 2 vouchers in one go (yes, I realise not best use of the vouchers, but I have more than I can use) to book my companion into PE with zero points, and then use the second voucher to upgrade them from PE to UC, thus saving me >70k points?

    RyanB

    I’m looking to book 2 x return UC flights from LHR to LAS but I’m currently red status.

    I can book my seat with points + taxes, but because of my red status, the companion seat in UC will be at 0.5x points + taxes.

    Can I use 2 vouchers in one go (yes, I realise not best use of the vouchers, but I have more than I can use) to book my companion into PE with zero points, and then use the second voucher to upgrade them from PE to UC, thus saving me >70k points?

    Would you not be better off booking premium economy for you both and then upgrading you both to upper using both vouchers. 1 for the outbound for you both and one for the inbound. If it’s off peak this would be 27.5k x 4 = 110k or if it’s peak it would be 37.5k x 4 = 150k.

    This is probably the most economical and it’s how I’ve always used my virgin vouchers so I know it can definitely be done

    LP

    Thanks Ryan – thats exactly what I have done!

    NorthernLass

    I’m interested in this as I’m new to Virgin. I have about 110k points and am about to trigger a 2nd voucher. Red status only. I’d like to book UC MAN-NYC, at least outbound if that’s all the points will cover. We should be able to go off peak. Is it worth using the vouchers on a points booking given the extra required for UC?

    AL

    @LP I don’t believe you can do this. The most economical way, and the way that the agents will push you, is the way that RyanB suggested.


    @NorthernLass
    The math is usually easy to work out. It should be 23700/pax/sector to upgrade revenue Premium to reward Upper. If you use a voucher, then you’ll upgrade a return journey assuming G on both sectors for one passenger, saving 47400. It can be economical but, to be honest, I usually don’t bother with UC on the inbound – so you can also use your voucher to upgrade the outbound for two passengers on the same PNR. JFK to MAN is usually a nice quick 5h45m flight. If I were you, save the voucher to either pay in full with it *or* for a longer haul redemption.

    Jon

    FWIW you can also use half a voucher, then use the other half later for a completely separate trip (and you can definitely use two separate half-vouchers for one return trip, although I realise that’s not quite what the OP was asking 😉

    Worth running the numbers to compare revenue premium to upper versus redemption premium to upper for your itinerary. I recall the results varied depending on route, date, travel direction, one-way v return etc.

    My favourite use of the vouchers (as Red) was one-way Upper Class HKG-LHR – 22,500 miles off-peak (Premium Economy redemption) plus half a voucher plus about £35 in taxes etc. Return with a whole voucher was 45k plus about £260. Other direction LHR-HKG return was a lot more expensive of course because of the carrier surcharges. Sadly that gem is no more with the route cancelled.

    NB don’t know whether this might apply to other routes, but there was a huge price discrepancy (like £800 v £45 return) if they priced it in GBP (as they invariably did initially) versus HKD (as shown on the web site).

    yorkieflyer

    Has anyone booked online then rung in to apply a voucher?

    Guernsey Globetrotter

    Has anyone booked online then rung in to apply a voucher?

    Don’t do this as they say they cannot apply the voucher in this way without cancelling the existing booking and they cannot guarantee that your seats will go back into reward inventory so you risk losing them altogether. To be certain of getting the voucher applied you need to do the whole booking on the phone, which is a pain and not how BA work, but it seems there is no way round with Virgin’s current IT.

    yorkieflyer

    Has anyone booked online then rung in to apply a voucher?

    Don’t do this as they say they cannot apply the voucher in this way without cancelling the existing booking and they cannot guarantee that your seats will go back into reward inventory so you risk losing them altogether. To be certain of getting the voucher applied you need to do the whole booking on the phone, which is a pain and not how BA work, but it seems there is no way round with Virgin’s current IT.

    Ok thanks looks like a call first thing now that call centre not 24 hours and hope for the best then

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