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[Expired] [Award Alert] Wide-Open Business Class Availability to London for As Low as 19k Points

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One of the absolute best deals from Virgin Atlantic is back — saving you 50% off redemptions on the airline’s (already) reasonably priced award flights between the U.S. and the U.K.

With travel dates wide open from now until June 30, 2024, the savings are outstanding. And with one of these active credit card transfer bonuses, you could book record-low business class fares for less than 19,000 points; or if you don’t mind flying in economy, just 4,000 points.

As Virgin Flying Club points are easy to earn through transferable point programs, this latest sale is a home run for award travelers. Let’s take a look at how you can book this award deal.

Award Deal — Details

If a trip to Europe has been on your mind this spring (or into early summer), this latest award deal is the best way to get to the U.K. as a starting point.

  • Class: Business, premium economy, and economy
  • Route: Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), Orlando (MCO), New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Tampa (TPA) or Washington, D.C. (IAD) to London (LHR), Manchester (MAN), or Edinburgh (EDI)
  • Cost: As low as 19,000 points in business class; 7,000 in premium economy; and 4,000 in economy, with taxes and fees ranging from $153 to $997 in taxes and fees
  • Travel Dates: March to June 2024
  • Award Seats: Up to 9 passengers per route

The carrier operates more than a dozen U.S. routes, primarily out of its London-Heathrow base. However, Virgin Atlantic does fly between a couple of U.S. cities, from Manchester and Edinburgh.

Virgin Atlantic Reward Sale 50 Off
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It’s important to know that the reward sale ends on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, so you’ve only got less than a week to book these flights at their half-off rates before they’re gone.

How To Book

Virgin Atlantic lists out distance-based award pricing for flights (on peak and non-peak travel dates) on its website. With this latest sale, you’ll get 50% off the published price.

While we won’t list out every single route, we’ll provide a few examples below with the 50% sale:

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RouteEconomyPremium EconomyBusiness (Upper Class)
New York (JFK) to/from London (LHR)5,000 points and $153-$272 in taxes and fees 

8,750 points and $453 to $503 in taxes and fees

23,750 points and $798-$997 in taxes and fees
Los Angeles (LAX) to London (LHR)7,500 points and $153-$272 in taxes and fees13,750 points and $453-$503 in taxes and fees33,750 points and $798-$997 in taxes and fees
Miami (MIA) to London (LHR)6,250 points and $153-$272 in taxes and fees11,250 points and $453-$503 in taxes and fees28,750 points and $798-$997 in taxes and fees

As you can see, flying between the East Coast and the U.K. provides the cheapest mileage rates.

The deal gets even more spectacular when you consider Citi ThankYou’s 30% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic, which ends on Saturday, March 16. That means these same rates get bumped down an additional 30%, which means you’d pay 19,000 points for business class (known as Upper Class); 7,000 for premium economy; and 4,000 in economy.

Even if you don’t have a Citi ThankYou card, you can transfer your points to Virgin Atlantic from American Express Membership Rewards, Bilt Rewards, Capital One Miles, and Chase Ultimate Rewards at a 1:1 ratio.

Hot Tip:

If transferring points, they should post instantly to your Virgin Atlantic account. You may need to log in and out of your account to see the balance posted.

Final Thoughts

These are some of the best award rates we’ve seen to get from the U.S. to Europe in the early stages of summer. There’s less than a week left of this sale, so be sure to jump on these extraordinary award deals before it’s too late.

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With a degree in media and journalism, Stella has been in the points and miles game for more than 6 years. She most recently worked as a Corporate Communications Analyst for JetBlue. Find her work in The New York Times, USA Today, and more.

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