Wow: Virgin Atlantic Offering 50% Off Award Tickets

Wow: Virgin Atlantic Offering 50% Off Award Tickets

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Virgin Atlantic Flying Club has just launched an excellent sale for reward flights.

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club awards are 50% off

With a new sale from Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, members can save 50% off the number of points required for award tickets and upgrades (let me emphasize that the last bullet point is the most important and least obvious):

  • This is valid for bookings made between October 28 and November 7, 2022
  • This is valid for travel through March 25, 2023
  • This is valid exclusively for travel on Virgin Atlantic, and not for travel on partner airlines
  • This applies to both award tickets and points upgrades
  • This applies for all cabins and for both peak and off-peak season
  • This applies for members with accounts registered in the United States and United Kingdom
  • This applies for travel on transatlantic flights only (between the United Kingdom and the United States or the Caribbean)
  • Only the number of points required is reduced by 50%, and not the taxes, fees, and carrier imposed surcharges
  • You pay the full number of points upfront, and then 50% of the points will be refunded within 28 days of completing travel
  • You must be a member of both Virgin Atlantic Flying Club and the Virgin Red program, and have your accounts linked, before completing your booking
Virgin Atlantic is offering 50% off award tickets

Virgin Atlantic points are easy to come by

Even if you’re not collecting points directly with Virgin Atlantic, keep in mind that these points are easy to come by through transferable points currencies:

On top of that, Virgin Atlantic is currently selling points with a 60-70% bonus, which is an opportunity to acquire them at a reasonable cost.

There are lots of ways to earn Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points

Is this award sale a good deal?

It’s not often you see a frequent flyer program offer 50% off award tickets nowadays, so I’d say this is a pretty remarkable promotion. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a promotion like this, as Virgin Atlantic had a similar offer in 2020. However, suffice it to say that travel is a little easier nowadays.

For context, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club awards between the United States and United Kingdom cost the following number of points, depending on the route and season:

  • 10,000-25,000 points one-way in economy
  • 17,500-37,500 points one-way in premium economy
  • 47,500-67,500 points one-way in Upper Class business class

Being able to redeem under 24,000 points for a one-way Upper Class ticket is a phenomenal deal. Now, in fairness, the carrier imposed surcharges are significant. But still, this is a huge discount, and for many people could be worth a speculative booking.

Fly Upper Class starting at 23,700 points one-way

Bottom line

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club has an amazing promotion on award redemptions, as you can get 50% off the points required for award tickets and upgrades. You have to pay the full number of points upfront, and then you’ll receive 50% of your points back after the flight. Just remember that you need to have your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club and Virgin Red accounts linked to take part in this.

If you have any travel to plan in the coming months, then I’d say this is a great opportunity.

Do you plan on taking advantage of Virgin Atlantic’s award sale?

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  1. Jim Guest

    If I book three award tickets for my family together, will 50% rebate be applied to all tickets?

    1. Andy Guest

      curious about this as well, did you get an answer?

  2. Trey Guest

    Will this work if the itinerary has a non Virgin segment, say on Delta or KLM or Air France, but the transatlantic flight is on VS? Anyway to know if discounts will apply at time of booking and not wait 'til 28 days after flight? Thx.

  3. Alonzo Diamond

    Certainly not a bad deal, especially with the Chase 30% transfer bonus. Getting the brand new flight from Tampa to London for under 30k miles is sweet. But those damn surcharges at almost $900, sheesh...

  4. Ned Member

    Really sounds great at first, even with the surcharges, until realizing that the discount comes in the form of a rebate which essentially means you're locking thousands of points into their ecosystem for future use. That could be great for domestic travel on Delta but it's certainly a risk.

  5. Creditcrunch Diamond

    You have to front up the full points they then credit back 50% after you have travelled. Agree the taxes and fees are eye watering.

  6. Smid Guest

    Doesn't seem to working, still pricing rewards at 47K one way in upper to Boston early March. The 900 quid fees make it not great but its far better than before.

  7. Creditcrunch Diamond

    And US customers can also collect points with the Virgin Atlantic Elite Mastercard, there’s a sign up bonus for new customers too.
    https://www.virginatlantic.com/us/en/flying-club/credit-card.html

  8. mattnav_travel Guest

    Not to mention that this could be stacked with the Chase 30% transfer bonus. Effectively netting an 80% discount

    1. Eric Guest

      NO, it is 61.53% discount

    2. Tuffy Guest

      ~48% discount by my estimate.

  9. Peter Guest

    1. Will this apply to an existing booking or only new bookings? If latter, then I need to rebook.
    2. I don't see any 50% points back language when I search for and find eligible flights - is this normal?

    Thank you :)

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Peter -- Only bookings between October 28 and November 7 qualify. It's only the promotion page that lists the discount, you won't see it during the actual booking process.

    2. Jone Guest

      Will this apply to booking from tlv-mia?

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Trey Guest

Will this work if the itinerary has a non Virgin segment, say on Delta or KLM or Air France, but the transatlantic flight is on VS? Anyway to know if discounts will apply at time of booking and not wait 'til 28 days after flight? Thx.

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Ned Member

Really sounds great at first, even with the surcharges, until realizing that the discount comes in the form of a rebate which essentially means you're locking thousands of points into their ecosystem for future use. That could be great for domestic travel on Delta but it's certainly a risk.

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Andy Guest

curious about this as well, did you get an answer?

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