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Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Guide

Updated: Feb 12

Transfer points from:


Book flights operated by:

  • SkyTeam member airlines (not all available online)

  • LATAM

  • ANA (not available online)


Pricing structure:

  • Set rates for Delta-operated flights to Europe

  • Distance-based pricing for all other itineraries


Fees/surcharges:

  • Fuel surcharges passed on (significant fuel surcharges for Virgin Atlantic-operated flights and Delta flights to/from the UK)

  • 50 USD for change/cancellation/redeposit

Best uses:

  • Delta flights to Europe

  • Delta flights from the west coast to Asia

  • Delta flights within North America

  • LATAM flights to Central/South America

  • ANA flights to Japan

  • Korean Air flights to Korea

How to search and book:


Step 1: Create a Flying Club account

This isn't required to search, but you will need to have an Flying Club account setup to transfer points.


Step 2: Enter search details on the homepage

If the "Points" option is greyed out (above), switch the search to Multi-city (below), select "Points", and then switch back to One Way.


Step 3: Initial results page

If there's availability within a week of the date you searched, you'll see a weekly view of availability (above).


You can see a full month view (below) by editing the URL. Where it says "flexible-dates", change it to "flexible-calendar" and hit enter.



If there's not any award flights available within a week of the date you searched, it will return an error (below).



Step 4: Review results

Most itineraries booked through Virgin Atlantic (other than Delta-operated flights to Europe) are priced based on distance. A flight like ATL-MIA (above) will be cheaper than a flight like ATL-DEN (below). The difference is even greater when searching for international flights - like Seattle-Tokyo vs Atlanta-Tokyo.


Step 5: Finalize booking

At this point, you have confirmed the flight availability and are ready to transfer your points to book. Transfers to Flying Club are instant in most cases, but you usually have to sign out and back in to see the updated points balance in your account. Once the points post, search for the flight again and go through the booking process - it's pretty straightforward!


BONUS: Using the Reward Flight Finder

Virgin Atlantic has a tool that allows you to easily search for award availability on Virgin Atlantic or Delta flights. It only advertises flights to/from the UK, but there's a trick to edit the URL to search almost any Delta route.


First, put in a "dummy" route like below.





















Once you get to the results page, edit the URL and change the departure and destination airport codes (use all CAPS), departure month, and year.


And then you'll be able to scroll through a calendar like this:

This tool only returns raw numbers on the availability for a given day, but it's a lot better than aimlessly searching on the main Virgin Atlantic page only to get an error each time!


 

Earn lots of points to transfer to Flying Club with these great offers:

Citi Premier

60,000 ThankYou Points

after $4,000 in the first 3 months

$95 annual fee

3x on dining, supermarkets, gas stations, flights, hotels

 

Chase Sapphire Preferred

60,000 Ultimate Rewards Points

after $4,000 in the first 3 months

$95 annual fee

3x on dining, 2x on travel

 

Capital One Venture

75,000 Capital One Venture Miles

after $4,000 in the first 3 months

$95 annual fee

2x on everything





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