Premium Virgin Atlantic direct return flight to New York (Departing LHR/ Feb-Mar dates/Including 2x23kg baggage) £471 @ Skyscanner/FlySharp
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Premium Virgin Atlantic direct return flight to New York (Departing LHR/ Feb-Mar dates/Including 2x23kg baggage) £471 @ Skyscanner/FlySharp

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Posted 6th Sep
I thought this was a decent price given the generous 2x23kg baggage allowance and you get to escape "cattle class" These flights are normally priced around £620 - £750 so this is a decent saving


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11th - 18th Feb (Valentine's day)
18th - 25th Feb
25th Feb - 3rd March
3rd - 10th March
10th - 17th March
17th - 24th March


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Does anyone know how much of a stickler Virgin Atlantic are for cabin baggage allowance? I have a cabin bag only flght next month but its the maximum allowable size. I just wanted to see if anyone had any negative experience with cabin bag allowance with them.
FrugalFergal06/09/2019 12:08

Does anyone know how much of a stickler Virgin Atlantic are for cabin …Does anyone know how much of a stickler Virgin Atlantic are for cabin baggage allowance? I have a cabin bag only flght next month but its the maximum allowable size. I just wanted to see if anyone had any negative experience with cabin bag allowance with them.



Flew with them few days ago LHR-JFK return.
There were no cabin bag checks (size and weight) during either legs. In addition to a cabin bag, we also had an 'accessory' bag each( small backpack, rucksack etc) to carry essentials such as books, passport, wallets, headphones, spare battery liquid bag etc. (about 2kg ish)

So based on my above experience, it was better that I had expected!
fac78606/09/2019 12:29

Flew with them few days ago LHR-JFK return. There were no cabin bag checks …Flew with them few days ago LHR-JFK return. There were no cabin bag checks (size and weight) during either legs. In addition to a cabin bag, we also had an 'accessory' bag each( small backpack, rucksack etc) to carry essentials such as books, passport, wallets, headphones, spare battery liquid bag etc. (about 2kg ish)So based on my above experience, it was better that I had expected!


Thank you for your response. We have the Cabin Max bag as we wanted to carry the maximum we could as ours is cabin bag only. This slghtly exceeds the maximum dimensions of Virgins cabin bag allowance (but its a soft bag so should pass a cage check). I've read Virgin Atlantic normally turn a blind eye to cabin bag sizes unless they're noticably oversized. Its nice to hear from someone whose experienced flying with them. Thank you again
FrugalFergal06/09/2019 12:38

Thank you for your response. We have the Cabin Max bag as we wanted to … Thank you for your response. We have the Cabin Max bag as we wanted to carry the maximum we could as ours is cabin bag only. This slghtly exceeds the maximum dimensions of Virgins cabin bag allowance (but its a soft bag so should pass a cage check). I've read Virgin Atlantic normally turn a blind eye to cabin bag sizes unless they're noticably oversized. Its nice to hear from someone whose experienced flying with them. Thank you again



May I ask, are you flying to the US by any chance? as Virgin have a codeshare with Delta. My flight was virgin operated, and i would suspect that my experience would not necessarily apply to a Delta operated flight?
Flying to JFK next month from Heathrow. Should I be worried?

I know that Delta do share that route and are quite picky about allowance now however I also read that if you can pass the incoming route with a carrier (ie Virgin) they or their partner flyer can't penalise you on the outbound flight if youre using the same bag.

However Im fairly certain Virgin are operating the routes both way.


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The bag on the left is my regular can bag, the bag on the right in my Ryanair Cabin bag and the one in the middle is the Cabin Max cabin bag. The tag on it states "maximum cabin bag allowance". I dont think almost a week can be done in New York in a small cabin bag. I just dont want to draw attention if it looks silly big. Technically its 5cm wider than the standard Virgin Atlantic width allowance

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Edited by: "FrugalFergal" 6th Sep
Great price ... VA during festive period is about £700 + for basic economy ... 🔥 for me
FrugalFergal06/09/2019 12:51

Flying to JFK next month from Heathrow. Should I be worried? I …Flying to JFK next month from Heathrow. Should I be worried? I know that Delta do share that route and are quite picky about allowance now however I also read that if you can pass the incoming route with a carrier (ie Virgin) they or their partner flyer can't penalise you on the outbound flight if youre using the same bag.However Im fairly certain Virgin are operating the routes both way. [Image] The bag on the left is my regular can bag, the bag on the right in my Ryanair Cabin bag and the one in the middle is the Cabin Max cabin bag. The tag on it states "maximum cabin bag allowance". I dont think almost a week can be done in New York in a small cabin bag. I just dont want to draw attention if it looks silly big. Technically its 5cm wider than the standard Virgin Atlantic width allowance[Image]


It says your inbound is operared by Delta so I would just double check what Delta’s allowance is if I was you.
FrugalFergal06/09/2019 12:51

Flying to JFK next month from Heathrow. Should I be worried? I …Flying to JFK next month from Heathrow. Should I be worried? I know that Delta do share that route and are quite picky about allowance now however I also read that if you can pass the incoming route with a carrier (ie Virgin) they or their partner flyer can't penalise you on the outbound flight if youre using the same bag.However Im fairly certain Virgin are operating the routes both way. [Image] The bag on the left is my regular can bag, the bag on the right in my Ryanair Cabin bag and the one in the middle is the Cabin Max cabin bag. The tag on it states "maximum cabin bag allowance". I dont think almost a week can be done in New York in a small cabin bag. I just dont want to draw attention if it looks silly big. Technically its 5cm wider than the standard Virgin Atlantic width allowance[Image]


Your return flight is operated by Delta (i.e. you will be on a Delta aircraft).
isco8806/09/2019 12:59

Great price ... VA during festive period is about £700 + for basic economy …Great price ... VA during festive period is about £700 + for basic economy ... 🔥 for me


That's because during the first 3 months of the year, New York is a blooming cold, wet and dark place to visit.. Hotels can be quite cheap at this time as well. If you are on a budget then its a good time to visit..I do prefer December though..
SoCal06/09/2019 13:22

That's because during the first 3 months of the year, New York is a …That's because during the first 3 months of the year, New York is a blooming cold, wet and dark place to visit.. Hotels can be quite cheap at this time as well. If you are on a budget then its a good time to visit..I do prefer December though..


Do you know if shops/restaurants are open on the 25th Dec?
FrugalFergal06/09/2019 12:51

Flying to JFK next month from Heathrow. Should I be worried? I …Flying to JFK next month from Heathrow. Should I be worried? I know that Delta do share that route and are quite picky about allowance now however I also read that if you can pass the incoming route with a carrier (ie Virgin) they or their partner flyer can't penalise you on the outbound flight if youre using the same bag.However Im fairly certain Virgin are operating the routes both way. [Image] The bag on the left is my regular can bag, the bag on the right in my Ryanair Cabin bag and the one in the middle is the Cabin Max cabin bag. The tag on it states "maximum cabin bag allowance". I dont think almost a week can be done in New York in a small cabin bag. I just dont want to draw attention if it looks silly big. Technically its 5cm wider than the standard Virgin Atlantic width allowance[Image]


Yes as others have said your inbound flight does very much appear that it will be operated by Delta, thus I would take a bag which meets their requirements. Of course some of the time you can get away with taking a slightly larger bag - but it depends if you want to take the risk of potentially paying the extra fee if it has to go as hold baggage.
FrugalFergal06/09/2019 12:51

Flying to JFK next month from Heathrow. Should I be worried? I …Flying to JFK next month from Heathrow. Should I be worried? I know that Delta do share that route and are quite picky about allowance now however I also read that if you can pass the incoming route with a carrier (ie Virgin) they or their partner flyer can't penalise you on the outbound flight if youre using the same bag.However Im fairly certain Virgin are operating the routes both way. [Image] The bag on the left is my regular can bag, the bag on the right in my Ryanair Cabin bag and the one in the middle is the Cabin Max cabin bag. The tag on it states "maximum cabin bag allowance". I dont think almost a week can be done in New York in a small cabin bag. I just dont want to draw attention if it looks silly big. Technically its 5cm wider than the standard Virgin Atlantic width allowance[Image]


I think you worry way too much.
OCD Is quite an issue as shown!!
My favourite place on earth
FrugalFergal06/09/2019 12:08

Does anyone know how much of a stickler Virgin Atlantic are for cabin …Does anyone know how much of a stickler Virgin Atlantic are for cabin baggage allowance? I have a cabin bag only flght next month but its the maximum allowable size. I just wanted to see if anyone had any negative experience with cabin bag allowance with them.


We flew back last week we each had a large rucksack and a small bag. One of us even carried a piece of artwork through. Nothing was checked!
Be last to board the aircraft - by that point their priority will be taking off on time / not missing their slot as opposed to wasting minutes faffing around weighing / measuring your bag to make an extra £30...
tony21116606/09/2019 14:06

I think you worry way too much. OCD Is quite an issue as shown!!


I agree 100%! I want to maximise use of my allowance but without going too far. I must admit my my previous easyjet/Ryanair flights people had way bigger cabin bags that we did so I hope were OK!
Always see people who extract the urine with bigger bags,
And get away with it!
tony21116606/09/2019 17:37

Always see people who extract the urine with bigger bags,And get away …Always see people who extract the urine with bigger bags,And get away with it!



We flew to Kos from Edinburgh in the summer. Easyjet. Our emails warned, several times, 1 piece of hand luggage only, unless you pay up front. I always wait until the last minute to actually board (I have arthritis), so I got to see it all unfold as half a dozen people were chancing it at the gate with two hand-carries, only to be told that they'd either have to fit one piece into the other or cough up £58 for their second piece. The sight of some folk trying to fit one full size cabin bag into another was certainly entertaining! All of them stumped up the cash in the end. I felt sorry for them, but at the same time, I thought, "stupid can'ts". (They simply can't understand the rules.)

Good deal for VA premium economy. I used to fly a lot to LA, out on premium, back on upper. Great! Not sure about the Delta part tho'. Never flown Delta.
These only go to Newark not JFK, so not much use to me.

Warmth issued nonetheless.

Kindest regards
do you realize that the vast majority of Millionaires fly ‘Cattle Class’, only money wasters pay more.
Premium economy on this route is awesome. Felt like business class to me!
FrugalFergal06/09/2019 12:38

Thank you for your response. We have the Cabin Max bag as we wanted to … Thank you for your response. We have the Cabin Max bag as we wanted to carry the maximum we could as ours is cabin bag only. This slghtly exceeds the maximum dimensions of Virgins cabin bag allowance (but its a soft bag so should pass a cage check). I've read Virgin Atlantic normally turn a blind eye to cabin bag sizes unless they're noticably oversized. Its nice to hear from someone whose experienced flying with them. Thank you again


I took the Cabin max bag from Manchester to Boston and return NYC to Man last month. Not even the remotely interested in the bags we were taking on the plane. There wasn't even a scale around and the bag sizing thing was being used as a jacket rack and looks like it have never been used. Coming back from NYC we could have easily taken more bags on and they wouldn't have noticed. They are just concerned with getting the people on quickly.

On the way out of Manchester only about 5 groups of people were called forward to have the passport checked as they must have been the hand baggage only ones. But they only checked the passports didn't look at the bags. Most people on Virgin seems to be booking bags still, as the overhead bins were pretty empty.

American Airlines also didn't care on the internal flights (apart from they put them in the hold free after checking about 2/3 plane in)
Also I fly Delta quite a bit to and I have never seen anybody have there bags checked for size when boarding. They all mostly allow a second small bag as well.

Generally as long as you have the correct number of bags and they are pretty much the correct size/weight you really don't have an issue with most airlines. I have flown Ryanir, Easyjet, Air Malta, Vueling, AA, and Virgin in the last year and not seen anybody picked up on the size/weight of carry on bags. My bags were on the limit of size/weight but never checked.

Although I have heard Flybe are not good and force all bags to be checked and change £60 if over size.
I'm going to take a giant suitcase as carry on for my next flight, when they query it and charge me more i'll explain that someone on hukd had a big bag and they didn't care, then I guess they'll just let me on with it.

It's hit and miss, I've seen people all people checked at the gate, I've seen others where they don't care. In all honesty I guess it depends on how busy the flight is.
mocmocamoc08/09/2019 10:26

I'm going to take a giant suitcase as carry on for my next flight, when …I'm going to take a giant suitcase as carry on for my next flight, when they query it and charge me more i'll explain that someone on hukd had a big bag and they didn't care, then I guess they'll just let me on with it.It's hit and miss, I've seen people all people checked at the gate, I've seen others where they don't care. In all honesty I guess it depends on how busy the flight is.


Its not about wanting to take a giant suitcase onboard a flight as hand luggage. Almost all of these cheap transatlantic deals are now hand luggage so only so it's natural for anyone whose on the market for a new cabin bag would want to maximimise their carryon allowance. The The International Air Transport Association have set the maximum cabin bag size as 56 cm × 45 cm × 25 cm however almost all airlines create their own standard. BA allow the full size but Virgin officially state 56 cm × 36 cm × 23 cm which in volume is over 1/3rd less than BA.

In my case the flights on the same date and times from both providers cost almost exactly the same. I prefered to fly with Virgin over BA so comments from others saying that the cabin bag I take with BA should generally be permitted on a Virgin flight meant I was happy to go with Virgin over BA on this occasion.
Great price , New York is pretty chilly in February as it was for us 3 years ago. Never felt cold like it had to keep going into coffee shops to warm up .
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