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More choice to India and beyond
Posted 9 April 2018
We’re really excited to announce that we’re expanding our codeshare relationship with Jet Airways to include seven new destinations in India, as well as some further Southeast Asian destinations*. This will give you more opportunities to earn Flying Club miles whilst explore this exciting and varied region.
You’ll now be able to book through Virgin Atlantic to fly to Amritsar, Kochi, Ahmedabad and Jaipur via Delhi (travelling on Virgin Atlantic or Jet Airways aircraft), and to Goa, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Jaipur and Calicut connecting via Mumbai (on Jet Airways only). This means far more choice in terms of the city, airline and flight times.
We’ll also be enhancing our network presence in both Hong Kong and Singapore, with options via both Delhi and Mumbai. As well as this, we’ll add Colombo to our virtual network for the first time by putting our code on Jet Airways’ Mumbai-Colombo services.
Virgin Atlantic unveil three new ways to fly
Posted 17 March 2018
We’ve just announced the launch of three new ways to fly economy as part of a multi-million pound investment in the cabin for the 21st century traveller.
Recognising that one size doesn’t fit all, from spring 2018 we’ll introduce ‘Economy Delight, ‘Economy Classic’ and ‘Economy Light’ tickets. The three new ways to fly will allow customers like you to choose the product that suits their budget and travel style – but never compromise on inclusive food and drink, unrivalled service, and inflight entertainment.
As always, our Flying Club members will earn lots of lovely miles and tier points on these services – and there will be some new benefits for you, too. Find out more below.
Changes to our limo service
Posted 01 February 2018
We’re made a few changes to Upper Class ground transportation offering. From 24 January, some of our Upper Class customers will need to book their chauffeur car service via our preferential rates, as it may not be included as part of their booking anymore. Only customers with a certain booking class (J, C or D) will be offered the complimentary chauffeur car service.
Other Upper Class bookings (I and Z class) will be able to add on a chauffeur car via our preferential rates at the ‘My booking’ section on virginatlantic.com, or through their travel agent.
Our chauffeur driven car will take you straight through to the Upper Class Wing at Heathrow or drop you off just outside check in at Gatwick. When you arrive at the Upper Class Wing, you can whizz through our Private Security Channel, skipping the queues and enjoy a seamless, stress free journey direct from car to Clubhouse.
Your Virgin Atlantic experience starts as soon as we pick you up.
Around the world with Virgin
Posted 01 February 2018
We're thrilled to announce our new codeshare agreement with our sister airline Virgin Australia.
You can now book with Virgin Atlantic to travel all the way to Australia. Take off from London Heathrow, then connect Los Angeles (for Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane) with Virgin Australia and earn Flying Club miles for the whole journey.
This means you can now, quite literally, travel around the world purely on Virgin airlines. One booking, one check in, one bag drop. A seamless experience with the fabulous Virgin service you know and love.
We offer up to three daily flights between London Heathrow and Los Angeles.
Virgin Australia has 18 services per week from Los Angeles to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.
New Year, new hair treatments
Updated 27 February 2018
This year, we've introduced a new series of hair treatments for men at our Clubhouse Spas.
When flying from London Heathrow or New York JFK, men will now be able to enjoy a 30 minutes Olaplex Experience for just £30 (or 15 minutes for £15). Olaplex is a new kind of hair treatment that rebuilds the strength, structure and integrity of hair.
Together with our new treatments, you’ll also find our new pre-flight trim price plan in place. A Cleanse and Trim will now cost £20 in the UK and $20 at JFK. While a Clipper Cut will be £10 in the UK and $10 in the US.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group update
Posted 22 December 2017
The partnership between Virgin Atlantic and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will come to an end on 30 June 2018. Any existing bookings made and ticketed prior to this date will be honoured.
Flying Club members will be able to earn miles on any bookings for stays until 30 June 2018.
Get some shuteye while you fly
Despite ultra-comfy seats or fully flat beds onboard, not everyone manages to settle down and get a restful night’s sleep when they fly. So, we put together a few tips to help you doze off on your flight and make the most of your trip when you arrive.
1. Before you fly - The day before your flight, you should try and eat three balanced meals. That includes at least five servings of fruit or green vegetables and one of something rich in protein, like turkey, fish or tofu.
2. At the airport – Be sure to eat heathy before you fly, go for something light, not a big bloating carbfest.
3. Get comfy - Either wear loose fitting clothes or bring your PJs to change into. And remember your night socks if you want to take your shoes off, think of your fellow passengers.
4. Keep to your routine – By sticking to your usual bedtime routine, washing your face, removing makeup, cleaning your teeth, you’ll help your brain wind down and get ready for sleep.
5. Switch off – Tablets, phones and even TVs all supress the production of melatonin the hormone that induces sleep. Instead, try listening to some relaxing music and wind down by reading a book – nothing too thrilling though.
6. Make it dark – Lights and noise are all a distraction that will keep you from nodding off. So, pop on your eye mask and slip in your earplugs, then try imagining you’re at home in your own soft and warm bed.
Direct to Barbados from Heathrow? With us you can
Now that dream of Christmas in the Caribbean can become a reality. With the launch of our new route, we’re going to be the only airline in the world to offer direct flights from London Heathrow to Grantley Adams International. Our new twice weekly service operating on Tuesdays and Saturdays starts on 12 December 2017 with tickets on sale now.
This new service means we will now offer 11 Barbados flights per week from three UK Airports, Gatwick, Manchester and Heathrow. And thanks to our recently extended codeshare agreement with Flybe, customers from Scotland can now easily connect from Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports to Barbados via London Heathrow.
Introducing Departure Beach
Posted 20 July 2017
We all dread the last day of our blissful holiday – the one where you have to check out of the hotel, but still have hours to wait until you need to head to the airport. We all wish we could just have a few more hours of relaxing on the beach… Well, now you can, with Virgin Holidays Departure Beach in Barbados.
We’ll collect you from your hotel after breakfast and drop you at the Departure Beach, and whisk your baggage off to the airport so you don’t have to worry about it. Just relax on the beach, by the full service bar (soft drinks, tea and coffee are all included), have a spot of lunch (also included), or chill out in the air conditioned lounge with TV, games console and kids area, and free WiFi.
We can even check you in and print your boarding pass while you’re at the Departure Beach, so you can wring every last sun-soaked moment out of your holiday.
And if you can’t resist a final dip in the blue waters, we have beach towels for you, plastic bags to store wet swimwear, and lovely showers to rinse off every last bit of sand before your flight.
The Departure Beach opens in Summer 2018, and will cost just £20 per adult and £15 per child.
We’ve been making some exciting changes to our fleet, which will further improve your experience. One of the changes we’re making is the introduction of a new Upper Class Suite to our A330 fleet bringing the Upper Class cabins in line with the popular 787s.
We’ll be replacing the current suites with those found on the 787s. These will be fitted with our latest entertainment screens and will give you more storage space. What’s more, we’re also installing our award-winning mood lighting in the new cabins, including new displays of our spirits and glassware at the bar.
Changes to our Premium Economy class on the A330 include our fantastic Wander Wall, where you’ll be able to stretch your legs, and grab a drink or snack whenever they like.
Keep your eyes peeled for these upcoming changes, we’ll upgrade all our A330s over the next year or so.