News and competitions
- Latest news press enter to select
- Competitions press enter to select
- Winners Circle press enter to select
More Boston, more often
Posted 19 July
Bring on 2019! We’re thrilled to announce a second daily service between London Heathrow and Boston from 31st March 2019. The new flight will leave London Heathrow later in the evening at 8.30pm, arriving at 11pm. Returning to London, it will depart Boston at 8.30am in the morning, arriving into Heathrow at 8.10pm. These new services will give customers lots more choice on the best timings for their trip, whether for leisure or business. It also means there’ll be over 180,000 additional seats between London and Boston every year – lots of chances to discover ‘Beantown’.
Posted 19 July
We’re so excited to announce that 2019 is going to be our biggest year in Manchester yet. Brand new to our flying schedule will be a direct service to Los Angeles, three times a week from 26th May 2019 – perfect for holidays on the West Coast, as well as a fantastic hub to connect with Delta Air Lines® flights to other destinations. In fact, the Los Angeles service will provide the only one stop connecting flight to Hawaii from Manchester.
We’re also doubling our services to Las Vegas, and will be flying there four times a week from 25th May 2019. There’ll also be an additional third weekly service to Boston, and we’re adding larger 747 aircraft on our flights to Atlanta and Barbados to increase capacity.
With more than 20 years flying out of Manchester, we can’t wait to make this the best year ever for our favourite Northern city.
Family travel made easy
Posted 19 July
We’ve made travelling with kids even simpler for you. You can now book infant travel online at the same time as booking the rest of the family, rather than calling our contact centre.
We know going on holiday as a family is brilliant, but can also be stressful. That’s why we do everything we can to make your journey great and keep the little ones happy, so you can sit back and enjoy yourself. If you’re travelling with a baby, we’ve got cots, we can warm milk for you or provide baby meals, plus we have changing facilities on board. For older tots, we have meals for even the fussiest kids, drinks and snacks on hand when needed, and hours of fantastic inflight child-friendly entertainment and games. Boredom is banned!
You’re welcome to bring one fully collapsible pushchair and a car seat, in addition to your free checked baggage allowance. Car seats can be used onboard (in Economy only) if they meet the necessary requirements.
Pushchairs can be checked in or used up until the boarding gate, after which they will be put in the hold. Once we land we’ll have your pushchair ready outside the aircraft doors, whenever possible.
Afternoon Tea by Eric Lanlard
Posted 19 June
Virgin Atlantic is excited to announce a brand new partnership with celebrity chef and master pâtissier Eric Lanlard. Eric has created a series of bespoke afternoon teas for the London Heathrow Clubhouse and for Upper Class, Premium, and Economy cabins on all day flights worldwide.
Eric will be bringing his award winning culinary experience to the Virgin Atlantic Heathrow Clubhouse, serving afternoon tea between 3pm and 5.30pm daily. This latest addition to the Clubhouse menu can be enjoyed with a pot of tea or Lanson rose champagne and will be served on a bespoke stand filled with items including:
- Prosciutto, sunblushed tomato and rocket on a stone baked Campagne brown roll
- Smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill mint mini croissant
- Broccoli, goat’s cheese and cress savoury tart
- Homemade plain and sultana scones with strawberry preserve, lemon and clotted cream
- Eton mess verrine with strawberry coulis
- Apple and blackberry cake
- Dark chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce
Across all three cabins, you'll also get the chance to sample Eric’s signature afternoon tea when flying on day flights. Launching this summer, the 38,000ft high tea will feature handmade sandwiches, scones and an assortment of macarons. This new afternoon tea joins a host of food and drinks already available to you.
Miami Terminal Move
Posted 29 April
All Virgin Atlantic customers now travelling out of Miami International airport will need to arrive at Concourse H, between doors 24 and 25. You'll find the Virgin Atlantic desks on Level 2 of Concourse H, South Terminal.
Upper Class and Gold card customers will be able to use the Delta Sky Club lounge just after security, at Concourse H.
Posted 21 April
We’ve collaborated with esteemed British scent designer and candle chandler Rachel Vosper to design a bespoke scent to elevate the customer experience on the ground. The unique fragrance embodies warm and exotic notes inspired by the airline’s top destinations, and will be present at various points throughout the Virgin Atlantic experience to inspire feelings of adventure and relaxation.
When designing the fragrance, Rachel carried out a number of workshops and blind tests with people from across the business. She focused on balancing top, middle and base notes, approaching it in much the same way as a winemaker would. Using only the finest European sourced ingredients, Rachel employed traditional methods in her Belgravia boutique, which help to maximise the scent’s longevity. The chosen fragrance was selected as a favourite and the one that most represented our business by 80% of those who participated.
The unique scent of AIR is currently being rolled out to enjoy at check-in, airport gates, Clubhouses and upon boarding your Virgin Atlantic flight. You can also pre-order the candle online at www.retailtherapyshopping.com from 19th March as well as purchase at the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses and on-board duty free. The candles are priced at £30 and come in a ribbon-bound handmade gift box.
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.
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.
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.
Shop and win with Retail Therapy
Fancy a £250 shopping voucher? All you have to do is head to retailtherapyshopping.com and order some lovely treats for yourself, or your loved ones, between 11 July – 30 September 2018. Just enter code FC250JUL18 at check out and you will automatically be entered into the draw to win.
Congratulations to our latest Flying Club winners!
Remember, this could be you next time; all you need to do is enter our fantastic competitions and keep your fingers crossed.
- A mixed case of Virgin Wines worth £177. Well done to:
- A Luxury Wine & Cheese Tasting Experience from Virgin Experience Days. Well done to:
- Return flights to a #OneDay Virgin Atlantic destination of choice. Well done to:
Geoff and Jeanette Hall
- A year's supply of Srixon golf balls. Well done to:
- Tickets to the Silverstone F1 Grand Prix. Well done to:
- A VIP trip to London to see Aladdin. Well done to:
- A trip to New York. Well done to:
- A VIP shopping experience at Chic Outlet’s Bicester Village. Well done to:
- An exclusive party for twenty friends at Hamleys toy store on Regent Street in London. Well done to:
- A two night stay for two at Gleneagles with a superb three-course dinner and full Scottish breakfast each morning. Well done to:
- A weekend stay at any DoubleTree by Hilton and a pair of premium tickets to The Luna Cinema. Well done to:
- Red and Silver Flying Club birthday competition winners. Each won Premium return flights to New York and 3 nights in NYC Renaissance hotel for two. Well done to:
- Gold Flying Club birthday competition winner, won two Upper Class return flights and a week on Richard Branson's Necker Island.Well done to:
- Two Economy return flights to Chicago and two nights at Virgin Hotels Chicago. Well done to: