Virgin Atlantic Flying Club awards are 50% off
Virgin Atlantic has launched what’s being called its best Black Friday sale ever, and part of that is a discount on award tickets. Virgin Atlantic Flying Club members can save 50% off the number of points required for award tickets:
- This is valid for bookings made between November 23 and November 30, 2020
- This is valid for travel between November 23, 2020, and October 20, 2021
- This is valid exclusively for travel on Virgin Atlantic, and not for travel on partner airlines
- This applies for all cabins and for both peak and off-peak season
- Only the number of points required is reduced by 50%, and not the taxes, fees, and carrier imposed surcharges
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. Virgin Atlantic Flying Club partners with:
- Amex Membership Rewards
- Chase Ultimate Rewards
- Citi ThankYou
On top of that, Virgin Atlantic is currently selling points with a 50% bonus, which is an opportunity to acquire them for 1.8 cents each.
There are lots of ways to earn Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points
Is this award sale a good deal?
This 50% off award sale is the best promotion I ever recall seeing from Flying Club, and it has the potential to be a great deal. We’ve seen Flying Club offer some discounts on awards in the past, but I don’t ever recall a discount this big for Upper Class.
For context, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club awards between the US and UK 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 (we’re talking ~$700 one-way from the US to the UK), so you’ll still be out of pocket quite a bit. But still, this is a huge discount, and for many people could be worth a speculative booking.
For example, you could fly between New York and London for 23,700 points…
…rather than the usual cost of 47,500 points.
Virgin Atlantic is also waiving change fees on awards that are booked by December 31, 2020, for travel through August 31, 2021. So this is also a way to book a ticket risk free, though frankly Virgin Atlantic’s award change and redeposit fees are reasonable to begin with.
Fly Upper Class starting at 23,700 points one-way
For the next week, Virgin Atlantic is offering 50% off the points required for award tickets. Virgin Atlantic’s award redemption rates are reasonable to begin with in terms of points required, and this lowers the total even more.
The big catch here is that there are travel restrictions in many of Virgin Atlantic’s markets, so it’s not like you can book travel with the assurance that you’ll actually be able to take a trip. Then again, I do think that many of us hope that travel restrictions in the US, UK, etc., will at least be lifted by next summer or fall.
There’s a lot of upside here and fairly limited downside, given that many tickets are refundable. If you already have Virgin Atlantic points then I think this is worth a speculative booking. Some might also find it worthwhile to transfer points to take advantage of this, though you do lose quite a bit of flexibility when transferring points.
Virgin Atlantic’s new A350 Upper Class is phenomenal, and this is a great way to try that. Also keep in mind that Virgin Atlantic award flights count towards status in the Flying Club program, which is a unique feature.
Do you plan on taking advantage of Virgin Atlantic’s award sale?