Virgin sale Upper Class from £1289, Ex EU from £1029 & more B787 replacement news

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Virgin Atlantic sale

Virgin’s latest sale has some good bargains but watch out for the new aircraft swaps which may not be showing yet during booking. These should all be updated on the booking portal by 19 December. See below for more details on this.

BA’s sale is also likely to start this weekend so it may worth waiting for that if you would rather earn Avios or want to compare prices. As well as the sale bargains below there is also a great ex Dublin fare to New York with Virgin for just £1029 via Manchester or £1044 via Heathrow which is available on selected dates in December 2017 and January 2018. The easiest way to book these fares is usually on Expedia.

BA usually offer 2 flights to New York for £2017 during their next sale but only for travel over the holiday period usually.

Virgin B787 Upper class review

B787 Upper Class

I really like Virgin although for me their seats are not as comfortable as the Qatar reverse herringbone seats. You can read our reviews of the Clubhouse lounge and Virgin Upper Class here.

Upper Class has some minimum advance purchase requirements as follows:
All US departing London and Manchester – 50 days advance purchase, (excluding Orlando 120 days);
Caribbean – 120 days advance purchase;
Shanghai and Dubai – 28 days advance purchase;
Hong Kong – 21 days advance purchase.

The minimum stay must include a Sunday night (excluding Upper Class travel to Dubai with a minimum stay of 3 days). Flights must be booked by 8 February 2018.

The best prices are:

Departing London prices from

  • Antigua £1689
  • Barbados £1789
  • New York £1389
  • Boston £1389
  • Miami £1759
  • Orlando £1819
  • San Francisco £1889
  • Los Angeles £1889
  • Dubai £1599

Virgin Upper Class sale

Departing Manchester from:

  • New York £1349 (aircraft swap A330 until May)
  • Boston £1289 (aircraft swap A330 until May)
  • Orlando £1699
  • Barbados £1828 (aircraft swap A330 until May)

The Virgin sale page has more details of all the offers here.

Virgin Atlantic premium economy

Yesterday I talked about the Virgin B787 flights affected from Manchester which will be switched to leased A330s from airberlin with have no Premium Economy initially. If you are already booked on one of these flights in Premium Economy you will be automatically rebooked into economy. You should receive an email to that extent. They will where possible move you into Extra Leg Rooms seats and refund 75% of the cost of the flights. There are also options to change your flights to different dates and starting airports/destinations. They may fit the aircraft with Premium Economy later on and so far the only dates announced for definite lack of Premium Economy go up to July 2018.

These aircraft currently have different seats to the usual Upper Class seats which you have no right to a refund/change unless Virgin decide to offer something as goodwill. The airberlin business class seats are arranged in 1-2-1 configuration with aisle access and flatbeds. There are no plans currently to change the economy or business class seats on the leased 330. As they plan to lease them for a while, it could change.

There have been some additional routes announced to get the A330s are:

VS29/30 15 May to 31 July Gatwick to Barbados

VS33/34 15 May to 31 July Gatwick to Antigua

VS89/90 18 May to 30 July Gatwick to St Lucia

VS97/98 15 May to 31 July Gatwick to St Lucia

4 Comments on "Virgin sale Upper Class from £1289, Ex EU from £1029 & more B787 replacement news"

  1. The UC sale is fairly terrible. Departures from LHR and MAN are at sale prices from 26 May to 2 June for most (but not all) US destinations.

    • It’s the same with most sales – the advertised prices are never very easy to find and it’s just luck if they suit your times. Funny time to have them since it’s around half term. If you can find those prices they are a good deal. Did you get anything? The BA sale should start this weekend so hopefully, that has some better deals.

      • I don’t think I can recall a sale where flights are bookable for a one week window in the next 11 months. Especially poor given that VS are wide open ex Dub, including 2 IAG sectors!

  2. I have found sales where there is one date for the flight at the advertised price which is shocking! Normally Virgin are better. Funnily enough I am just writing about the ex EU fares. It’s been a while since I have seen such good ones. Are you booking any?

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