• Why are Virgin Atlantic awards so expensive for taxes?

    Posted by Matilde on October 23, 2023 at 12:51 pm

    Someone suggested I check Virgin Atlantic for a points-based Upper-Class flight to/from LAX-London next year.

    I was pleasantly shocked at how low the points cost was (135,000 for two us one way).

    Because it’s a flight to the UK, the taxes and fees are high, but whatever.

    How can Virgin offer such a good deal while other airlines like BA or Air Canada want twice as many miles?

    Violette replied 1 month, 1 week ago 2 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Aubree

    October 23, 2023 at 12:52 pm

    Virgin Atlantic has pretty decent premium availability because of the fees they add. If you are willing to pay them then you can usually find decent options.

  • Bill

    October 23, 2023 at 12:52 pm

    You’re not missing anything, Virgin still offers a set award chart by class of service with just a peak and a low season adjustment whereas many other airlines have gone to dynamic pricing. Their award prices can fluctuate a lot based on pricing. Yes, the taxes are higher with Virgin but the points are reasonable, especially if you can get a transfer bonus.

    If you’re flying Upper Class from LHR on the return, be sure to have your cab drop you at the Upper Class wing. You’ll have a dedicated check-in and can whiz through security screening then head right to the Virgin Clubhouse lounge. It’s brilliant!

  • Sandy

    October 23, 2023 at 12:52 pm

    Take those fees into account. Taxes are half of that.. at most. The rest is carrier imposed fees!

  • Violette

    October 23, 2023 at 12:53 pm

    Virgin Atlantic has one of the best redemption programs, but the fees can be almost $1,000 a ticket.

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