After the rather dull route announcement yesterday from BA, there’s some great news for leisure travellers as Virgin Atlantic announced that in 2023 it will begin flying to the idyllic islands of the Maldives as well as Turks & Caicos.
The Maldives is definitely a paradise destination with some stunning hotels, ideal for a special occasion or romantic holiday. There’s world-class diving, surfing, fishing, kayaking and over 1,000 coral islands to enjoy.
Elsewhere, the stunning islands of the Turks & Caicos offer some of the most pristine white sand beaches, surrounded by the world’s clearest turquoise waters. Boasting an expansive barrier reef, home to vibrant coral, dolphins, turtles, stingrays and more, the islands make for an ideal base for snorkelling and diving.
This new destination is the latest addition to Virgin’s Caribbean portfolio, which follows new flying to the Bahamas in December 2021, St Vincent and the Grenadines in October 2021 and their return to St Lucia.
Virgin Atlantic will launch a winter seasonal three-times weekly service to the Maldives from London Heathrow, which will go on sale on 30th November 2022, before commencing on 22nd October 2023.
The airline will also launch a year-round twice weekly service to the Turks & Caicos, which will go on sale from 11th January 2023, for flights starting on 15th November 2023 from London Heathrow.
Both routes will be operated on the airline’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft boasting 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium and 192 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats. Flight prices will be announced at a later date.
However, you will be able to book Virgin Holidays almost straight away.
Seven nights at Hard Rock Maldives with Virgin Atlantic Holidays for just £2,359 per person, including scheduled Virgin Atlantic flights (economy) from London Heathrow direct to the Maldives, Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Price is per person based on two adults travelling and sharing a Silver Sky Studio double room and includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. Price is based on a departure on 1st November 2023.
Virgin Atlantic Holidays packages to the Maldives will go on sale from 18th November 2022 and Turks & Caicos packages will go on sale later in the year.
Great news, I struggle to even understand how to use my companion voucher with Virgin. I certainly won’t bother collecting again!
For now, can reward seats be booked now for Turks or must we wait until January?
Call Virgin and speak with them for reward bookings. I called them earlier this year and they were very helpful, using a stash of old companion vouchers ( that I thought had expired ! ) to reduce required air miles for two upper class returns to Barbados.
Thanks for the advice.
You will need to wait until
Seats go on sale in January. It’s quite simple to use the companion voucher you just need to call Virgin. They don’t have online functionality yet.
I think it’s a mistake not to bother. There’s a large number of airlines you can use them on. They never expire. Virgin are about to become part of SkyTeam which will open up more airlines to use them on. Many of those will be available to book online. Virgin’s customer service team are also pretty good.
I might do that or take the advice and call them about other destinations. Thanks
I am no fan of British Airways and always pleased to see Virgin enjoying some success. These routes are likely to work for them, keeping in mind they have had a chequered history on starting some routes outside of their norm and then back tracking.
But I was sorry to see you start article this with a “dull” new route for BA.
Perhaps you should have a look at the significance of the route win for the city and what it means to the area to say nothing of your mileage spenders who have no problem taking onward connections using local standalone www. sales.
If you read the article I said exactly both those things. You may not agree but for most BA leisure travellers there are already 26 US routes and I think many would like somewhere else. judging by the comments when I asked what US city they’d like to see served no one said Cincinnati. Obviously if you live in the US as you do you may feel differently.
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