Virgin Atlantic Flash sale – ends today
Virgin Atlantic are having a flash sale that ends today. There are no Upper Class bargains but there are some decent premium economy prices. You can also get £50 off any Premium Economy or Upper Class bookings. You don’t need a code, it will be debited automatically.
Premium Economy class flights start from (excluding £50 discount):
- New York £683
- Boston £707
- Orlando £807
- Chicago £608 (DL)
- Los Angeles £829 (DL)
- San Francisco £729 (DL)
- Seattle £673 (DL)
- Las Vegas £698 (DL)
DL = bookable on Delta
Book by: Midnight tonight 7 August
Travel: (Tuesday) 28 October – 11 December or 24 December – 29 March 2019.
Most Premium Economy fares start from around £800 up to £1400 at the cheaper end so there are some good deals to be had. If you plan on upgrading it is better to book by phone and upgrade with miles at the time to be sure you are buying an upgradeable fare. You can upgrade with miles on Virgin issued tickets (but not Delta issued) after or during booking but you can’t upgrade K class Premium Economy tickets.
Don’t be fooled by some very cheap flights showing on Google Flights in Premium Economy at around £450. These are in fact Virgin economy delight fares which are pricing up wrong with Delta. If you have trouble finding the cheapest fares on Virgin, it is worth looking at Delta as many seem to be cheaper on there. I have marked the ones above that I found on Delta.
British Airways newsBA have announced that they will definitely be retiring their B767s by the end of 2018. These aircraft have been operating on various short haul routes and are well past their best. Most of us will be glad to see them go. I will be flying on one for the last time in September when I go to Rome. They only have 5 of these aircraft left now and they will be replaces by various other aircraft types such as the A320/321neos.
I have talked a few times about the potential benefits of KLM/Air France buying a stake in Virgin Atlantic as it will soon make the Virgin Flying Club a much more valuable scheme. They have now announced that the planned date of the merger is the start of April 2019 so it won’t be too long to wait providing they get all the regulatory approvals.
As I have said before, I am not a big fan of Groupon as most of the emails appear to be offering Brazilian waxing and there is no way I am going to a cheap discounted salon to have my bits waxed thank you! However, now and again they have some good travel deals and discounts. Their Priority Pass offer is back which has 50% off a Priority Pass lounge access membership for £6.
You can join Groupon for free here if you are not a member. You can also get 15% off your first purchase with the code HELLO15 If you get fed up with the emails, just unsubscribe as I shall hopefully cover any decent travel deals here.
Here are the offer details:
- Choose from three options
- £6 for a 50% discount on Standard Membership
- £6 for a 50% discount on Standard Membership with the first visit included
- £6 for a 25% discount on Standard Plus Membership with 10 visits included
Once you have made your Groupon purchase you then need to go to the Priority Pass website to enter the voucher and buy the required membership.
- Access to over 1,000 lounges in over 400 cities
- Complimentary drinks, refreshments and pre-flight bites
- Power sockets and free Wi-Fi in most lounges
- Conference rooms, showers, beds and spa facilities in selected lounges
Priority Pass have 1000 lounges worldwide. They have also introduced lounge access with a Digital Membership Card on their app. This is one of the most cost-effective ways to get lounge access for a very frequent traveller if you are not always in Business or First Class.
You can also get a Priority Pass membership with the American Express Platinum card which included unlimited visits including one guest per visit too.
Due to the fact that lounges are getting more and more crowded and often turning people away, Priority Pass also offer regular dining options at some airports. For example, they offer the Grain Store at Gatwick South Terminal where you can get £15 credit towards your meal with Priority Pass. Roving Reporter and I used this and enjoyed our visit to the Grain Store with a little breakfast time Bellini (well, we were on holiday!).