On Friday, Angelina at Just Another Points Traveler posted about a great deal that was passed on by MileCollector:

13,000 Virgin Atlantic miles (which can be transferred 1:1 from your Chase Ultimate Rewards Account) + $98 in taxes for New York to London via Virgin Atlantic. The fare is valid from both Newark and New York-JFK, however, there seems to be more award space available out of JFK.

Well, I can now say from personal experience that the flights truly do price this way. I was actually able to complete bookings for three tickets, all at the prices stated above. Where have the fuel surcharges gone? Head for Points, reports that “…Virgin has cut the fuel surcharges on its Economy redemptions. This is NOT temporary, looking at the announcement, and will remain in place after the reward seat sale has finished.”

Yes, it’s economy, but this is a spectacular deal for Europe in the summer with very decent availability across the board. Also, remember that this is a relatively short flight. From London, you can find reasonable low cost fares to destinations across Europe or consider using Avios for some short-hop redemptions.

Check out Angelina’s post for full details on how to search for the awards and tips for getting home on the cheap.

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Gene June 9, 2013 - 5:06 pm

Coach? The horror…

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Grant June 9, 2013 - 7:30 pm

You will be fine, trust me.

Also, I found some BA Avios flights from LHR to MAD on BA or Iberia for 7500 Avios + $22, not bad for $600-$900 tickets…

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Ajb June 9, 2013 - 8:27 pm

This is one way, correct? Full price or full points coming back?

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Joey June 10, 2013 - 8:07 am

Note this deal ends on June 17th. It was a promo Virgin Atlantic gave its Flying Club members (discount is only for economy though.) @Ajb, this is one-way for USA to London only. If you do a roundtrip, you’ll see there are $200+ in taxes/fees mainly due to UK taxes. You won’t see these taxes/fees when flying USA to UK one-way.

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I Survived KLM TransAtlantic Economy…and dare I say it was pretty nice! Trip Report KLM Economy - Point Me To The Plane June 15, 2013 - 8:49 am

[…] (especially when flying from the East Coast). It really wasn’t that bad at all. Makes that Virgin Atlantic 13K award shine a little bit […]

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