The Ritz-Carlton, Portland
- Sinead Mitchard
Virgin Atlantic is a British airline founded in 1984, with hubs at London Gatwick (LGW) Heathrow (LHR) and an additional base at Manchester (MAN) airport. They are not a member of any global alliance.
Virgin Atlantic is the second largest UK airline and have some of the most over the top Clubhouse airport lounges in the world (even featuring a rooftop igloo!).
• Each aircraft has a name, usually feminine, such as Ladybird, Island Lady, and Ruby Tuesday. Near the nose of each aircraft is a pin-up girl, ‘The Scarlet Lady’ who carries a Union flag.
Flying Club is the frequent flyer program of Virgin Atlantic. With several partners including American Express membership rewards and partner hotel programs with Starwood (Marriott), Hyatt, Hilton, and UHG, there are lots of ways to rack up miles rewards quickly.
There are three tiers:
50% bonus miles on flights
Premium economy check-in
Status renewal bonus
Complimentary Regus Businessworld Gold membership
100% bonus miles on flights
Upper class check-in
Access to Virgin Atlantic clubhouses for member and one guest
Immigration fast-tracking at Gatwick and Heathrow
Complimentary companion ticket upon renewal
Priority baggage handling and boarding
Ability to invite someone to join the Flying Club silver level
Increased baggage allowance
Access to Singapore Airlines lounges and reciprocal privileges with Delta
Virgin Atlantic has codeshare agreements with 7 select airlines. Look for the designator code (VS).
When booking with a codesharing partner, you will experience differences in baggage fees, optional services, other charges, and policies from partner airlines on your trip.
Chauffeur car service
Clubhouse lounge access
Priority check in, security and boarding Increased baggage allowance
Roomy leather seat that turns into a lie flat bed with direct aisle access
Pre-flight champagne, premium meals and decadent dessert
Power outlet, USB port, 300 hours of in-flight entertainment
Dedicated check in, bag drop, and priority boarding
21” wide seat with footrest, headrest, and 38” seat pitch
Choice of 3 main meals with real cutlery and linen
Inflight entertainment system
One extra checked bag
Premium amenity kit
Virgin Atlantic now offers three ways to experience economy: Delight - with premium check in desks, priority boarding, first dibs on overhead storage and extra legroom, Classic - advanced seat assignment or Light - which is essentially just basic economy.
Every economy ticket gives you:
One free checked bag
Free drinks and snacks and a choice of a tasty three course meal
Inseat power, onboard wifi, and goodie packs for kids