Great Fares In Virgin Atlantic’s New A350 Upper Class

Filed Under: Great Deals, Virgin

Virgin Atlantic’s new A350-1000 will be their first plane to feature the new Upper Class seats, which look like a significant improvement over their current business class.

Just a couple of days ago, Virgin Atlantic formally scheduled their first A350 flights. The airline will begin flying the A350 6x weekly between London Heathrow and New York JFK as of September 10, 2019.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who is excited to experience Virgin Atlantic’s new business class, which is why a fare sale that they’re running at the moment is noteworthy.

Virgin Atlantic has ~$1,700 roundtrip Upper Class fares from London to New York. This fare is unfortunately only valid for travel originating in London, so this will be most useful for readers in Europe, or those who are able to “nest” a trip to Europe. Fares originating in New York only start at $2,900 roundtrip.

Availability for this fare is wide open, though there are quite a few restrictions associated with the fare:

  • Outbound travel is permitted January 3 through March 31, 2020, or April 18 through May 31, 2020
  • Outbound travel is permitted January 3 through April 4, 2020, or April 19 through May 31, 2020
  • Saturday night minimum stay required
  • Midweek travel required

As of now the fare is valid for bookings through July 16, 2019, though there’s always the potential that the fare is pulled before that.

Note that there are potentially even better fares, though they’re probably not as convenient for most. For example, if you instead originate in Inverness, you can knock a further $200+ off the fare.

You can find these fares on ITA Matrix and Google Flights.

While I’d say this is a great opportunity for those looking for a good premium fare, I’d note that Virgin Atlantic is making a good amount of award space available in their new A350 Upper Class, so you can also redeem miles for these flights.

However, given Virgin Atlantic’s hefty surcharges when booking through Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, and given Delta’s high mileage costs, a discounted revenue ticket might be a great option for many.

Anyone have plans to fly Virgin Atlantic’s new A350 Upper Class?

(Tip of the hat to YHBU)

Comments
  1. ah! I’m based in NYC and wish I could take advantage of these fares! Thank you for sharing though. I managed to snag an upper class seat in September a few days ago so am quite excited!!! 🙂

  2. Anyone else not seeing the A350 on GF in March/April/May of 2020? I’m curious why they haven’t loaded the plane through the end of schedule

  3. Do these flights with starting/onward travel with BA actually exist? I see them come up on GF but I have never been able to actually get them to show up on Virgin. A couple years ago I tried to book a RT MIA-CDG on VS through the amex travel site and it wouldn’t let me book it, called in to Amex and they couldn’t book it on the phone either despite seeing the flights I saw, called Virgin directly and they told me the flights I was looking at didn’t exist. What is the trick?

  4. Sell those same fares to Inverness originating in Seattle and I’ll see you on the Scotch Whisky Trail in September.

  5. @ John Page

    It’s “mood lighting”.

    It’s a new “thing” and apparently we all like it.

    Personally, I think it’s intended to distract you from how crappy their new J seat is compared to Qsuites, the new BA J seat being launched at the same time, etc…

  6. @ Hi Aperture

    try using an OTA like expedia.

    I’ve often got flight combinations there that I couldn’t get via the airlines own websites or phone lines

    I’m also going to suggest that now the DL/VS/AK/KL JV is moving forward that there will be more options available using AF/KL ex europe and once VS gets FlyBe/VS connec sorted it will be even better

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