Europe Awards for Just 12,250 Miles Each Way and Premium Economy for Under 20,000

Virgin Atlantic is offering 30% off economy and premium economy awards booked by September 22.

This is better than their usual sales. In April they offered 30% off but for economy only and this sale is on economy and premium economy redemptions.

30% isn’t the best they’ve ever offered, but it’s a good sale. This offer makes East Coast – London economy awards just 24,500 miles round trip but taxes and fees can be as much as ~ $345. The offer is good one-way — so from 12,250 miles — or round trip.

I see premium economy as the real sweet spot here, from 19,250 miles each way plus taxes and Newspeak fees.

These are routes, mileage costs, and estimated taxes and fees:


To/from UK Economy Taxes, fees, surcharges from*
Boston 24,500 £259
JFK/Newark 24,500 £259
Washington DC 24,500 £259
Chicago 24,500 £261
Miami 29,750 £259
Orlando 29,750 £230
Orlando (from Manchester) 29,750 £234
Orlando (from Glasgow) 29,750 £230
Atlanta 24,500 £230
Atlanta (from Manchester) 24,500 £259
Detroit 24,500 £259
Las Vegas (from London Gatwick) 29,750 £230
Las Vegas (from Manchester) 29,750 £230
Los Angeles 29,750 £289
San Francisco 29,750 £289
San Francisco (from Manchester) 29,750 £236
Seattle 29,740 £445
Antigua (from London Gatwick) 31,500 £243
Barbados (from London Gatwick) 31,500 £211
Barbados (from Manchester) 31,500 £214
Havana (from London Gatwick) 31,500 £205
Grenada (from London Gatwick) 31,500 £228
Montego Bay (from London Gatwick) 31,500 £273
St Lucia (from London Gatwick) 31,500 £213
Cancun (from London Gatwick) 31,500 £255
Tobago (from London Gatwick) 31,500 £216
Johannesburg 35,000 £276
Lagos 26,950 £269
Dubai 26,750 £240
Delhi 29,750 £254
Hong Kong 35,000 £278
Shanghai 31,500 £255
Varadero (from London Gatwick) 31,500 £207

Premium Economy

To/from UK Premium Economy Taxes, fees, surcharges from*
Boston 38,500 £415
JFK/Newark 38,500 £415
Washington DC 38,500 £415
Chicago 38,500 £419
Miami 49,000 £415
Orlando 49,000 £386
Orlando (from Manchester) 49,000 £390
Orlando (from Glasgow) 49,000 £391
Atlanta 38,500 £386
Atlanta (from Manchester) 38,500 £415
Detroit 38,500 £415
Las Vegas (from London Gatwick) 49,000 £412
Las Vegas (from Manchester) 49,000 £412
Los Angeles 49,000 £441
San Francisco 49,000 £441
San Francisco (from Manchester) 49,000 £420
Seattle 49,000 £445
Antigua (from London Gatwick) 49,000 £379
Barbados (from London Gatwick) 49,000 £347
Barbados (from London Manchester) 49,000 £346
Havana (from London Gatwick) 49,000 £341
Grenada (from London Gatwick) 49,000 £364
Montego Bay (from London Gatwick) 49,000 £409
St Lucia (from London Gatwick) 49,000 £349
Cancun (from London Gatwick) 49,000 £367
Tobago (from London Gatwick) 49,000 £352
Johannesburg 52,500 £425
Lagos 42,000 £405
Dubai 42,000 £376
Delhi 49,000 £390
Hong Kong 56,000 £427
Shanghai 49,000 £404
Varadero (from London Gatwick) 49,000 £345

Considering there aren’t a ton of Great Uses of Virgin Atlantic miles, there is some real value here (offset by taxes and fees).

Virgin Atlantic is a points transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards. However even with this discount I wouldn’t consider trading those points currencies for economy redemptions given the taxes and fees on the award, but premium economy may make more sense in my opinion.

Terms and conditions:

Flying Club Terms and Conditions apply.

The 30% reduction in mileage offer must be booked between 6 September 2016 and 22 September 2016. For best availability, be sure to avoid our busy holiday periods.

1. Flying Club reward flights are subject to the payment of applicable taxes, charges, fees and surcharges. The exact amount will be advised at the time of booking online or via our Contact Centres.

2. Offer valid for travel in Economy and Premium Economy Cabin Classes.

3. This offer is for full mileage reward seats only, and cannot be combined with Miles Plus Money fares.

4. CombiFares are permitted.

5. The 30% reduction in mileage offer can be booked on different routes as long as both routes are included in the promotion e.g. London – San Francisco and Los Angeles to London.

6. Once the booking has been ticketed, amending the route is not permitted.

7. Date changes can be made (normal charges apply).

8. Credit card upgrades can be applied to this offer.

9. All Virgin Atlantic Reward seat travel is strictly subject to availability. Some flights may have no availability on certain routes, and popular dates e.g. weekends, school and public holidays.

10. Passengers are not entitled to earn Flying Club miles or tier points.

(HT: Head for Points)

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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