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UPDATE: The Virgin Atlantic A350 isn’t yet in the summer schedules so, as things stand, is only available up to 28 MArch 2020.
Virgin Atlantic only recently announced the flights on which you can try out its new Upper Class suite and now it looks as if the airline has loaded a very good fare on which you can try it out.
If you’re happy to book a trip of at least 4 nights in length and can travel in the first few months of 2020, Virgin Atlantic will sell you a Business Class fare for travel between London and New York for just £1,359 roundtrip. [HT: YouHaveBeenUpgraded]
Headline Fare Rules
- Outbound travel permitted on Tue/Wed/Thu
- Inbound travel permitted on Mon/Tue/Wed
- Outbound travel dates: 3 January – 31 March & 18 April – 31 May 2020
- Inbound travel dates: 3 January – 4 April & 19 April – 31 May 2020
- Reservations required at least 120 days before departure
- Saturday night stay required
- Reservations must be made on or before 16 July 2019*
*I expect this fare to disappear before this date
Routing & Aircraft
The routing is simple – London to New York JFK…
….and the aircraft which you should be looking to book is Virgin Atlantic’s new Airbus A350-1000 complete with the new Upper Class suite.
This suite looks like it will be a big step up from the Upper Class seats currently offered by Virgin Atlantic (I really dislike the current seat) so to be able to book it for £1,359 roundtrip looks like a very good deal to me.
This fare is available from the very beginning of January (despite the fare rules saying that 3 January is the start date)…
….and is widely available throughout the first 5 months of the year….but the A350 is currently only in the schedule through 28 March 2020.
Finding The Fare
I used the ITA Matrix search to find all the available dates you see above. Here are the parameters I used:
You cannot book the fares through Matrix so make sure you read the section below before you dive in.
Booking The Fare
The first thing to note is that you have to be careful here – Virgin Atlantic offers multiple daily flights between London and New York so make sure you choose the ones that offer the Airbus A350-1000.
Once you’ve found the fare on dates that work for you, you can input those into the Virgin Atlantic website…
…and you should be all set from there.
£1,359/$1,712 is a very good fare for nonstop Business Class travel between London and New York regardless of the airline that’s offering it, so to see this fare offered on the new Virgin Atlantic A350 is a little surprising….but who cares?!
If you’d like to try out the new Upper Class seat this could be a very good time to book although please do so knowing the following risk:
Airlines can change aircraft and schedules at a moments notice so you can never be 100% sure that the aircraft you’re booking today will be the one that eventually transports you to/from your destination. There’s a very good chance that the A350 will end up flying on the dates shown above but that isn’t guaranteed.