We love flying with Virgin Atlantic. And – not wishing to slate the opposition – but having had some not-so-perfect flying experiences with other airlines recently, we really think their service and attention to detail is second to none. Now, at a time when a lot of other airlines are cramming even more seats onto their planes, Virgin Atlantic are investing more money to make sure flying in economy can be personalised to suit you, so if you want to push the boat out and grab some extra legroom, you can, but equally, if you just want to get there and get the absolute best value flight, you can do that too. Read on to find out all about the three new ways to fly economy with Virgin Atlantic.
Virgin Atlantic Economy Light
The lowest priced option will be economy light. So you might choose this if you’re whizzing off on a short city break to, say New York and you’re not bothered about checking a bag (and, more importantly, you’ll be wanting to save every penny for seeing the sights and eating all the food). With Economy Light, you get a standard seat, with 31″ legroom. Your seat is assigned at check in and there’s no checked luggage allowance. Your booking isn’t offered with any form of refund or exchange policy, and you can’t upgrade with miles or money either, plus you need to book the same service both ways. These seats are perfect if you’re travelling light (very light – remember your cabin baggage allowance is 10 kg) and want the absolute best value possible. Beware, though, if you’re a Virgin Atlantic Flying Club member, you’ll only earn 25% of the miles.
Virgin Atlantic Economy Classic
If you’re travelling with family or friends, you might want to choose economy classic, as it lets you choose your seats for free, meaning that you can change your seats so that you’re all sitting together. Economy Classic also allows for 1 x 23kg checked piece of luggage, plus you can combine it with other services or pay using the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles or money scheme too. You’ll earn between 50% and 150% of the miles too.
Virgin Atlantic Economy Delight
I think Virgin Atlantic realise that most families generally want to fly economy (especially on your way out to your holiday, when you’re so excited, you’re just not bothered about paying for upgrades – if we ever upgrade, it’s always on the way back, especially on a night flight) and have invested in fitting more extra leg room seats, retrofitting the fleet to provide up to 36 extra economy delight seats on every flight – offering customers the choice to stay in economy, but pay for an even comfier journey with spacious 34 inch legroom. Economy Delight customers get the 23kg checked bag, dedicated storage, plus priority check-in and boarding. You get 150% miles too.
The benefits of flying Virgin Atlantic economy that won’t change
No matter which economy service you choose, you’ll still get the three course meal as well as the complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks, and I especially love that Virgin support lots of independent British food suppliers. You’ll also get a USB point and access to high speed WiFi (at a small charge).
…and some new benefits too
Virgin Atlantic are introducing four automated bag drop kiosks at London Gatwick this summer, followed by a further 18 at London Heathrow from this winter. All this frees up staff so they can be more hands on and provide help where it’s really needed.
Plus, from spring next year, there will be 12 brand new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft joining the fleet, with a brand new economy cabin design.
They’ve even teamed up with British candle maker Rachel Vosper to create a new signature scent called AIR, taking inspiration from fragrances from all around the world, that you’ll smell during your entire flight experience, from check-in, at airport gates, inside Clubhouses as well as when boarding your flight. You’ll even be able to buy items like scented candles to bring the scent of your holiday home with you.
As far as I’m concerned, anything that gives the consumer more choice is a great thing. Well done, Virgin Atlantic, I’ll see you on board very soon.