Virgin Atlantic Award Flight Sale: 30% Off Award Flights

Through May 11th Virgin Atlantic is having a sale on award flights with 30% fewer miles required which leads to some good deals for travel to Europe. This sale is only valid on economy class flights but no roundtrip is required nor are there any blackout dates – if you find a flight with availability (and availability is generally pretty good especially from the East Coast), it will be discounted. 

30% Off Sale

30% Off Sale – Roundtrip prices shown

As many of you know, Virgin Atlantic charges a hefty fuel surcharges and when combined with UK taxes on all flights (no matter whether its award or paid), these charges can seriously add up as seen above. The way to beat this to book just a one way flight to London with this sale and use other miles (or book a cash ticket) home. For example, a one way flight from NY to London is only 12,250 miles + $134 in fees. Using a fair value of a penny per Virgin mile, you are effectively paying ~$256 for a one way flight to Europe from the East Coast. For a summer flight to Europe, that’s pretty unbeatable especially if you fly home from another city in Europe using miles and avoiding the UK departure taxes.

Example of One Way Award Flight

Example of One Way Award Flight

In the past, Virgin Atlantic has offered other award sales such as this one but I can’t recall seeing one way flights price out at under 12,250 miles – which is less than a standard domestic one way flight. For going to Europe, especially over summer, I’d argue this will be a hard deal to beat.

Quick Deal: Save 20% on Virgin Atlantic Award Redemptions!

Virgin Atlantic is offering 20% off on all economy and premium economy award redemptions made from now until September 23, 2015. There is no restriction on the travel period as long as the award is booked by September 23, 2015. Unfortunately this promotion to use 20% fewer miles excludes Upper Class award bookings.

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The good news about this sale is it brings the cost of a East Coast to London flight down to only 28,000 miles roundtrip for an economy booking. The bad news is the taxes and fees still add about $500 to this. If you value the miles at a penny each, this is like paying ~$780 for a roundtrip flight to London which is pretty good all things considered. The best deal might be a one way TO London which is only 14,000 miles + a manageable $134.60 in taxes/fees. The return is more costly due to the UK taxes.

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Award Sale Prices

Here is a snapshot of the terms & conditions.

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Not a bad deal though one with limited use. Anyone booking one of these?