Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information and offers.
Virgin Atlantic has a great new offer to save thousands of points on your next redemption.
Virgin has discounted the cost of all redemptions between the U.S. and the U.K. by 30% for travel from now until Sep. 30. The carrier is following the lead of Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue Promo Rewards and Singapore Airlines’ Spontaneous Escapes,
The offer isn’t quite as generous as the “redemption deal of the year” we saw in 2022, which offered a 50% reduction in the Virgin points required for redemptions to almost all destinations. This new offer is only 30% off the cost of a standard redemption. However, all classes of service are included, and there are no blackout dates this summer.
The 30% off applies to Virgin Atlantic flights between London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) and:
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
- Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
- Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- Miami International Airport (MIA)
- New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
- Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport (LAS)
- Orlando International Airport (MCO)
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
- Tampa International Airport (TPA)
- Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Virgin Atlantic’s routes from New York, Atlanta and Orlando to Manchester Airport (MAN) are also included — as is the nonstop flight from Orlando to Edinburgh Airport (EDI).
The discounts apply to flights in either direction, in any cabin with award availability. This offer is available for redemptions, upgrades and companion tickets. Virgin Atlantic must operate the flights to qualify for the promotion.
Even for peak summer travel, round-trip redemptions start from just 28,000 Virgin points from the East Coast or 35,000 from the West Coast. You’ll see the points discount applied when booking online.
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Unfortunately, the full fees, taxes and substantial surcharges are payable on all routes in all cabins. Unlike British Airways, there is no way to reduce the carrier-imposed surcharges by redeeming more points. Even in economy, you can expect to pay hundreds of dollars extra; in business class, the total is more than $1,000 round trip. These surcharges remain the biggest frustration with the Flying Club program.
To take advantage of this great offer, you must book by July 24 and complete travel by Sep. 30. Unfortunately, the discount does not apply to existing bookings. You may consider canceling and rebooking if your existing flight falls within the eligibility window. However, availability is not guaranteed.
If you need to earn Virgin points for one of these awards, you can transfer them from American Express Membership Rewards, Bilt Rewards, Capital One, Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi ThankYou. All of these transfers process at a 1:1 ratio and should post instantaneously to your Virgin account.
This is a great initiative from Flying Club, and it is generous, given it covers peak summer travel across the Atlantic in all classes. Just be mindful of those pesky surcharges when booking.