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  • RTS 107 posts

    One way LHR to PVG for 2 people in UC, using upgrade voucher and no status with virgin. Only 45k points!

    Ash 611 posts

    Wow that’s great! Congrats! How much were taxes/fees?

    RTS 107 posts

    £800 total!

    Ash 611 posts

    Thats deal of the year!

    Factoring in you have to pay 50% of the second UC points as a red member.

    £400 taxes per UC LHR to Shanghai is very good. Wish the UC taxes/fees to USA were the same.

    Did you hunt down the deal over a long period or it was kind of just there?

    cin3 100 posts

    How far in advance did you need to book this?

    AL 582 posts

    Showing approximately similar in, for example, late May.

    45,000 points, £484 taxes in to Premium.
    G availability on that route is patchy for late May, but there is inventory, especially on Wednesday 24th (https://travelplus.virginatlantic.com/reward-flight-finder/results/month?origin=LHR&destination=PVG&airline=VS&month=05&year=2023).

    Panda Mick 42 posts

    Having transited through ICN on the way to Osaka, this really does open the door for Japan flights with VS miles without the ANA lottery

    slidey 267 posts

    Are there any points redemption opportunities from Shanghai to Korea/Japan on OW/ST partners? When I was looking, *a and cash seemed to be the most likely options?

    AL 582 posts

    Are there any points redemption opportunities from Shanghai to Korea/Japan on OW/ST partners? When I was looking, *a and cash seemed to be the most likely options?

    Korean Air, China Eastern and Air China are all SkyTeam members who can get you to Korea and Japan. JAL can help you on OW.

    iEimis 108 posts

    One way LHR to PVG for 2 people in UC, using upgrade voucher and no status with virgin. Only 45k points!

    When you say upgrade voucher I assume you mean 2-4-1? I have roughly 50k Virgin miles and 1x 2-4-1 voucher which expires next May, was thinking for a long time on what a good redemption could look like and this seems quite good!

    Ash 611 posts

    If you are red tier, it’s a 1.5 voucher for UC. .so you’ll have to pay 22.5k + 45k for two UC seats

    DonLee 201 posts

    If you are red tier, it’s a 1.5 voucher for UC. .so you’ll have to pay 22.5k + 45k for two UC seats

    I thought tier only matters when using as companion voucher not upgrade voucher.

    yorkieflyer 264 posts

    Correct

    AL 582 posts

    One way LHR to PVG for 2 people in UC, using upgrade voucher and no status with virgin. Only 45k points!

    When you say upgrade voucher I assume you mean 2-4-1? I have roughly 50k Virgin miles and 1x 2-4-1 voucher which expires next May, was thinking for a long time on what a good redemption could look like and this seems quite good!

    I usually shy away from using 2-4-1 as the terminology, in favour of voucher, because VS’ vouchers have always been very flexible. In fact, 2-4-1 (a la companion) is only one of the ways to use it. I have had better reward success in the past on using it as an upgrade voucher instead.

    Whilst I get the prevalence of 2-4-1 and it’s history, I think it’s more confusing to call it that on VS, whereas it’s more accurate (and entirely accurate on pre—09/21 vouchers) on BA.

    AL 582 posts

    If you are red tier, it’s a 1.5 voucher for UC. .so you’ll have to pay 22.5k + 45k for two UC seats

    I thought tier only matters when using as companion voucher not upgrade voucher.

    Indeed, as at https://uk.virginmoney.com/virgin/credit-cards/vaa-cards/terms/reward-plus.jsp.

    zapato1060 557 posts

    Never knew this. I always rejected this deal because I am a Red member I didnt think it was worth at 1.5. But this upgrade opens up some doors. I think in Rob’s articles this key piece of info is not included. Thanks.

    zapato1060 557 posts

    Is it possible to book PVG-LHR and avoid ADP? How much will the taxes run?

    RTS 107 posts

    Thats deal of the year!

    Factoring in you have to pay 50% of the second UC points as a red member.

    £400 taxes per UC LHR to Shanghai is very good. Wish the UC taxes/fees to USA were the same.

    Did you hunt down the deal over a long period or it was kind of just there?

    I actually didn’t 🙂 I essentially booked 2x PE on redemption at 45k point for the pair and used the voucher to upgrade both (one way). So only cost me 45k points and voucher + fees/taxes. Yes, i am red tier. The 1.5x to UC only applies when you use it as a 241.

    One way LHR to PVG for 2 people in UC, using upgrade voucher and no status with virgin. Only 45k points!

    When you say upgrade voucher I assume you mean 2-4-1? I have roughly 50k Virgin miles and 1x 2-4-1 voucher which expires next May, was thinking for a long time on what a good redemption could look like and this seems quite good!

    Yes, upgrade i.e. 241. both can be used interchangeably.

    Is it possible to book PVG-LHR and avoid ADP? How much will the taxes run?

    i believe this is possible, as the VS vouchers dont require you to start your journey in the UK like the Barclays one. We intend to return via BOM, probably.

    How far in advance did you need to book this?

    Booked the same day i started this post to leave in mid june.

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