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Virgin Atlantic is running its latest big promotion, slashing how many points you need to book a trip across the pond this year – whether you're good with flying economy or looking to splurge for a business class seat.

The London-based airline is offering 20% off nearly all award tickets between the U.S. and England for travel through Dec. 31, 2024. From economy to premium economy to Virgin's chic Upper Class business class seats, every cabin is discounted. And this isn't a rebate: That discount applies automatically when you search for flights at VirginAtlantic.com using points. But act fast: You have to book by this Wednesday, Jan. 31 to get the cheaper rate.

The savings here are nothing to scoff at, but there's a big caveat. While award rates have been slashed by 20%, you'll still be on the hook for all the taxes and fees … and those can be substantial when flying Virgin. Still, you can easily come out way ahead – especially on a one-way flight in economy to London-Heathrow (LHR).

You'll see the discounts applied automatically when you search at VirginAtlantic.com. This one-way flight from New York City (JFK) to London is typically 10,000 miles each way.

Virgin Atlantic New York (JFK) to London (LHR) award flight with a 20% discount 

The 20% discount applies on almost all of Virgin's international and international routes, including most of those between the U.S. and the U.K. Only flights to and from Austin (AUS), Tel Aviv, Israel (TVL), Lagos, Nigeria (LOS), São Paulo, Brazil (GRU), and New Delhi, India (DEL) are exempt from this promo.

At 20% off, you can score a one-way ticket in Virgin Atlantic's business class from the East Coast to London for as low as 38,000 Virgin points or book round-trip tickets in economy as low as 16,000 points total. And those points are incredibly easy to earn, as you can transfer credit card points to Virgin Atlantic from all the major banks.


Virgin Atlantic New York (JFK) to London (LHR) one-way flight with 20% discount 

But yeah, those taxes and fees can be nasty. Ironically, the taxes and fees are nearly $200 less in business class when you depart from London-Heathrow instead.

Virgin Atlantic award sale London (LHR) to New York (JFK) flight  

Virgin Atlantic is a transfer partner of ChaseAmerican Express, Capital One, Citi, and even Bilt Rewards. So if you’re earning points with cards like the *chase sapphire preferred*, *venture x*, or *amex gold*, you can easily transfer those points to Virgin – often with a big bonus, making offers like this one even better.

Unfortunately, these discounted award rates are only available on Virgin Atlantic flights; you won't get 20% off bookings on partner airlines. That means you can't use the discount to book Delta One suites or an ANA first class flight – assuming you get the heads-up to book one of those unicorn fares.

Virgin Atlantic plane 

How to Get 20% Off Virgin Atlantic Flights

Booking these flights should be relatively easy, especially if you're booking online.

Head to VirginAtlantic.com and start searching for award tickets, and you'll automatically see these discounted award prices in your results. But the short time frame to book and travel means you need to act fast to find the flight you want.

Select “Show Price in Points” under the “Advanced search” option followed by your desired cabin: Economy, Premium, or Upper Class. The rates you see in points should be with the 20% discount.

Virgin Atlantic award flight search 

Thrifty Tip: It’s much easier to search for Virgin Atlantic flights one-way rather than roundtrip – and unlike with many other airlines, it’ll often save you money on taxes and fees booking one-ways separately, too.

Virgin Atlantic New York (JFK) to London (LHR) one-way flight with 20% discount 

Need help booking this deal? Read our full guide on redeeming Virgin points

Take a look at Virgin's standard season award chart to get an idea of how much these flights will normally run you in miles. Pricing is for roundtrip tickets, so cut it in half if you're looking for a one-way.

Virgin Atlantic standard season award chart  

Virgin Atlantic standard season award chart 

To get the best value for your points, you'll want to travel during Virgin's standard season, as the airline ups its pricing slightly during peak travel seasons. For example, a one-way business class ticket between New York and London jumps from 47,500 miles to 57,500 miles. With this discount, that's a difference of around 38,000 to 46,000 points each way. To get the lowest rates during this promo, you'll just want to avoid these booking windows.

Virgin Atlantic peak season dates 

If you've got your sights set on flying in one of Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class suites, you'll need to be flexible. Those seats will get booked up fast (if they haven't already), no matter which route you're flying. And Virgin has made it more difficult to find those sweet spots and book by hiding its price calendar search. Luckily, there's a workaround that will let you pull up a month's worth of flights so you can zero in on a business class fare like this one.

Virgin Atlantic New York (JFK) to London (LHR) business class award flight with a 20% discount 

If you want the best experience, look for flights operated on Virgin's Airbus A350-1000 or Airbus A330-900neo, both of which have far nicer business class seats than what you'll find on other Virgin jets.

Starting at 38,000 points each way, that rate is far lower than you'll find on almost any airline program. And while paying another $900-plus in fees stings (or slightly less for a one-way back home from the U.K.), that's nothing compared to the usual $3,000 cost of these tickets.

Discount or not, you'll always find the lowest award rates flying to or from New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C.. The further you get from the Northeast, the more points you'll typically need to book. For example, you can book from Atlanta (ATL) or Miami (MIA) starting at 10,000 miles each way in economy, though business class award rates remain unchanged.

Virgin Atlantic Atlanta (ATL) to London (LHR) award flight with a 20% discount 

Starting from the West Coast, you'll find one-way flights starting at 12,000 points for economy or 54,000 points for business class with this 20% discount.

Virgin Atlantic Los Angeles (LAX) to London (LHR) award flight with a 20% discount 

Bottom Line

Virgin Atlantic is out with a new promo for 20% off most of its routes connecting the U.S. and the U.K. for a trip in 2024.

While this discount only applies on Virgin Atlantic flights – not booking Delta One suites to Europe or other airline partners – it's still a solid deal if you've got a trip to London in mind anytime in the next year. But you have to book by this Wednesday, Jan. 31 to take advantage – or even sooner before other travelers snag these seats!

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