Swap BA for VA and get £50 off your booking!
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Swap BA for VA and get £50 off your booking!

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Found 13th Jun 2017Edited by:"jordan210"
Hopefully this might be useful to someone. Basically if you have booked with BA directly in last 24 hours, You can have your price matched and £50 taken off by Virgin.

"Today we've launched our sizzling, money saving deal. If you're a recent British Airways booker, we're giving you the chance to swap your booking to Virgin Atlantic instead, and get a £50 discount on your new flight. We're nice like that!

Tell me more, tell me more...

If you've booked a long haul flight directly with British Airways (ie on ba.com or via their direct contact centre) within the last 24 hours, you're still in their 'cooling off period' which means you can cancel your flight at no extra cost.

We will match the route and dates of your original booking, and give you £50 off our quoted fare. To find out how to take advantage of this offer, and choose #VAnotBA"



Misleading description as there is no price matching - it's £50 off Virgin's price, not BA's:
'We will match the route and dates of your original booking, and give you £50 off our quoted fare.'
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I have to say that's a bit low from VA
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Since BA is now lo longer British they shd rename it to Spanish Holding Airways.
The link doesn't take you anywhere.

What if you are about to book and you have the quote? Will this still apply.\x09\x09\x09\x09
abombolo3 m ago

The link doesn't take you anywhere.What if you are about to book and you …The link doesn't take you anywhere.What if you are about to book and you have the quote? Will this still apply.\x09\x09\x09\x09


It looks like you have to have booked to get the offer. Not just quote a booking. As you have to email them the booking confirmation
I have to say that's a bit low from VA
No chance. Virgin are the worst.
Good luck getting hold of anyone at BA to cancel your booking!!!! Notorious for 1-2 hour waits and then no action taken by their call centre staff!
texan

No chance. Virgin are the worst.



Have to agree. Used them to come back from SF last year. The aircraft was so old I was amazed it got off the ground. The seats were even older, tatty and very uncomfortable (for a transatlantic flight), most of the seat back monitors didn't work and the food was the worst I've ever had on any airline.
Would never fly with them again at any price.
Amazing deal!
Just bought a virgin ticket last night
guess I'll buy a BA one, call the virgin contact centre, get this discount on my virgin flight

heat OP
will update with my progress later on
steve122135 m ago

Have to agree. Used them to come back from SF last year. The aircraft was …Have to agree. Used them to come back from SF last year. The aircraft was so old I was amazed it got off the ground. The seats were even older, tatty and very uncomfortable (for a transatlantic flight), most of the seat back monitors didn't work and the food was the worst I've ever had on any airline.Would never fly with them again at any price.



Used them to fly to NYC last year. Old plane, indifferent service, food was just okay, old entertainment systems. Luckily return flight was operated by much better Delta.

Voted hot though for whoever don't mind and wanna save some £££
Virgin Atlantic is VS not VA.


texan1 h, 5 m ago

No chance. Virgin are the worst.



I flew Virgin last month Gatwick to Orlando, no complaints at all. Flights were on time, two decent meals each way, good service, wide choice of films, etc, and seat was comfy with good legroom (I'm 6' 4").
Only downside was the 2 hrs+ it took to go through customs/immigration at Orlando but I can't blame Virgin for that.
Edited by: "Delbert.Grady" 13th Jun 2017
Does anyone know how this works I'm not 100% sure. Do they match the BA price AND take 50GBP off on top?
meanmoose4 m ago

Does anyone know how this works I'm not 100% sure. Do they match the BA …Does anyone know how this works I'm not 100% sure. Do they match the BA price AND take 50GBP off on top? Basically you have had to book with BA directly in last 24 hour. You email virgin the booking confirmation and then call them. They match the price and take £50 off. Then you have to cancel your flight from BA. I believe



jordan210


I have just called them. You take the Virgin Price - GBP50. Not BA price - GBP50. The lady on the phone explicitly said this is not a price match (defo not clear on their site).
Edited by: "meanmoose" 13th Jun 2017
If you want to save a lot more, just book the same Virgin flight through Delta's website. Last year I booked 4 Premium Economy seats to LA that way and saved £350 PER person and that was at a time when Virgin supposedly had a mega sale on!
Misleading title, the £50 is off the virgin standard price, not off what you have paid with BA.
arch68

I have to say that's a bit low from VA


kinda sleezy.
Haven't used Virgin to NYC but recently used BA premium economy and had a terrible experience.

On the way there it was an old 747-400. The screen was so pixelated that it was impossible to watch anything during the flight (regardless of being pixelated, the screen was really tiny). When it came to food, we were given a menu with 2 main courses to choose from - when the service time came the steward told me they only have one option available (ridiculous, can't they have enough available from each?!) . To make it even worse experience they didn't have a starter with this meal.

On the way back the aircraft was newer and screen as it should be, but again here bad experience when I got the personal headphones they were literally broken inside the pack - don't know how BA think this is acceptable for someone who paid extra for 'premium', and if that's their premium, I don't want to know what happens in economy....

My parents also had terrible experience with BA to Marrakech - it's less than 4 hours so no complimentary food. My parents wanted to buy food but as stewards reached their row , they announced that there is no more food available for purchase - outrageous considering they don't provide you complimentary food and don't let you buy (how come they can't have sufficient food for purchase?) . Also for them on the way back it was a plane with only 1 toilet for 120 people in economy class, you can imagine that each person had to queue around 45 minutes to be able to get in.

When you call to complain, the most they will give you is 10,000 AVIOS.
Agree with the comments. Definitely check the route first before flying. They were good a few years ago but there's better out there for the cost these days. Some routes, unfortunately this may be the best option though... but always best to check... you don't always pay for what you get
Rudess

Haven't used Virgin to NYC but recently used BA premium economy and had a … Haven't used Virgin to NYC but recently used BA premium economy and had a terrible experience. On the way there it was an old 747-400. The screen was so pixelated that it was impossible to watch anything during the flight (regardless of being pixelated, the screen was really tiny). When it came to food, we were given a menu with 2 main courses to choose from - when the service time came the steward told me they only have one option available (ridiculous, can't they have enough available from each?!) . To make it even worse experience they didn't have a starter with this meal. On the way back the aircraft was newer and screen as it should be, but again here bad experience when I got the personal headphones they were literally broken inside the pack - don't know how BA think this is acceptable for someone who paid extra for 'premium', and if that's their premium, I don't want to know what happens in economy....My parents also had terrible experience with BA to Marrakech - it's less than 4 hours so no complimentary food. My parents wanted to buy food but as stewards reached their row , they announced that there is no more food available for purchase - outrageous considering they don't provide you complimentary food and don't let you buy (how come they can't have sufficient food for purchase?) . Also for them on the way back it was a plane with only 1 toilet for 120 people in economy class, you can imagine that each person had to queue around 45 minutes to be able to get in. When you call to complain, the most they will give you is 10,000 AVIOS.


I flew from LHR-SEA (seattle) in April on BA and was pretty taken aback by how old the plane was. It smelled funny, and was not up to the standard I expected from BA. I didn't know you can call to complain and get avios points!
How did you get these? Can you please explain briefly, as I'd happily have an extra 10,000 points
If you booked direct with BA for a long-haul you probably over-paid £50 in the first place.

Never book direct.
Just give Virgin a dummy BA booking reference .. how would they check?
plebbygiraffe

If you booked direct with BA for a long-haul you probably over-paid £50 … If you booked direct with BA for a long-haul you probably over-paid £50 in the first place.Never book direct.



Always book direct and get them to price match any travel operator (ie. use SkyScanner to find it) and they refund the difference. I do it every time i book with them.

britishairways.com/en-…ise

Edited by: "A13" 13th Jun 2017
antony1971

Misleading title, the £50 is off the virgin standard price, not off what … Misleading title, the £50 is off the virgin standard price, not off what you have paid with BA.


Very much this.
Always worth Checking Delta prices. Usually cheaper due to Virgin hidden fees
robodan918

I flew from LHR-SEA (seattle) in April on BA and was pretty taken aback … I flew from LHR-SEA (seattle) in April on BA and was pretty taken aback by how old the plane was. It smelled funny, and was not up to the standard I expected from BA. I didn't know you can call to complain and get avios points! How did you get these? Can you please explain briefly, as I'd happily have an extra 10,000 points



Sure mate, the best thing is to write down a complaint and then email it to their CEO Alex Cruz: alex.cruz@ba.com

Within a couple of days someone from their customer relations will get back to you , apologise but offer nothing. So 2nd step is to call their customer service , express your disappointment and demand compensation. As they can only give you financial compensation (money) only for delayed flights, they will offer you Avios as compensation, the maximum they can give is 10,000. Hint them that you are considering whether to use BA again, and they will give you tihs compensaiton.
arch684 h, 14 m ago

I have to say that's a bit low from VA


A "bit low"...! - Were you not aware that some years ago BA admitted hacking into Virgins booking system and impersonating their staff in order to obtain details of Virgin passengers. They then rang them and offered incentives to switch to BA. Virgin sued and were awarded £millions in costs / compensation.
Considering that I would say BA deserve whatever comes their way.
independent.co.uk/new…tml

Edited by: "Delbert.Grady" 13th Jun 2017
Why would you possibly want to exchange BAs legendary customer service and competence for a paltry £50 ? over the last 30yrs I’ve experienced the cabin staffs devoted attention that turns every journey into pampering experience.

Nurse, NURSE I think it’s time for my medication.
Get price for BA flight, don't bother booking, then take this offer? Saves having to cancel anything.
A13

Always book direct and get them to price match any travel operator (ie. … Always book direct and get them to price match any travel operator (ie. use SkyScanner to find it) and they refund the difference. I do it every time i book with them. https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/flights-and-holidays/flights/price-promise



Why wouldn't you just go ahead with the other travel operator?

What is there to gain by booking direct with BA.

Some travel operators also don't charge credit card fees. So always cheaper elsewhere
£50 off over-priced Virgin flights? Some are even code shared and cost more than the real airline flying you.

E.g. some Virgin flights to India are handled by Jet and cost more than the Jet flight. What is the point?
cityslicker14 m ago

Why wouldn't you just go ahead with the other travel operator?What is …Why wouldn't you just go ahead with the other travel operator?What is there to gain by booking direct with BA.Some travel operators also don't charge credit card fees. So always cheaper elsewhere



Sometimes BA Premium economy is cheaper than economy and you see this on BA.com. Weird. I booked premium economy below economy prices when agent and BA prices were higher for economy. Always check and book the cheapest.
If BA is the same price, go to the agent!
Jasonl2 h, 36 m ago

Just give Virgin a dummy BA booking reference .. how would they check?



They can check BA.com with just a reference and surname. Same way as you select your seat.
cityslicker

Why wouldn't you just go ahead with the other travel operator?What is … Why wouldn't you just go ahead with the other travel operator?What is there to gain by booking direct with BA.Some travel operators also don't charge credit card fees. So always cheaper elsewhere


Try changing your ticket, that’s why.
Delbert.Grady2 h, 27 m ago

A "bit low"...! - Were you not aware that some years ago BA admitted …A "bit low"...! - Were you not aware that some years ago BA admitted hacking into Virgins booking system and impersonating their staff in order to obtain details of Virgin passengers. They then rang them and offered incentives to switch to BA. Virgin sued and were awarded £millions in costs / compensation.Considering that I would say BA deserve whatever comes their way.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/battle-of-the-airlines-king-backed-dirty-tricks-ba-staff-hacked-into-virgin-computers-and-poached-1477973.html


Calm down Richard

Yep like you I'm old enough to remember the dirty tricks campaign BA used, can't believe it was 25 years ago
I assume you're adusting the £500k and £110k settlement figures for inflation.

I do like the fact that Virgin stored all of this sensitive information on BA's system because their's was antiquated. possible not the best thing to do in hindsight.


Edited by: "arch68" 13th Jun 2017
A13

Always book direct and get them to price match any travel operator (ie. … Always book direct and get them to price match any travel operator (ie. use SkyScanner to find it) and they refund the difference. I do it every time i book with them. https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/flights-and-holidays/flights/price-promise


I HAD NO IDEA THIS WAS A THING! wow this will definitely save me money in the future
Many thanks mate
learn something new every day on this site
cityslicker

Why wouldn't you just go ahead with the other travel operator?What is … Why wouldn't you just go ahead with the other travel operator?What is there to gain by booking direct with BA.Some travel operators also don't charge credit card fees. So always cheaper elsewhere


Try changing your ticket, that’s why.
Common.Sense

Sometimes BA Premium economy is cheaper than economy and you see this on … Sometimes BA Premium economy is cheaper than economy and you see this on BA.com . Weird. I booked premium economy below economy prices when agent and BA prices were higher for economy. Always check and book the cheapest.If BA is the same price, go to the agent!


And sometimes business is cheaper than premium economy, that’s what happens when a computer is running the show.
Rudess

Haven't used Virgin to NYC but recently used BA premium economy and had a … Haven't used Virgin to NYC but recently used BA premium economy and had a terrible experience. On the way there it was an old 747-400. The screen was so pixelated that it was impossible to watch anything during the flight (regardless of being pixelated, the screen was really tiny). When it came to food, we were given a menu with 2 main courses to choose from - when the service time came the steward told me they only have one option available (ridiculous, can't they have enough available from each?!) . To make it even worse experience they didn't have a starter with this meal. On the way back the aircraft was newer and screen as it should be, but again here bad experience when I got the personal headphones they were literally broken inside the pack - don't know how BA think this is acceptable for someone who paid extra for 'premium', and if that's their premium, I don't want to know what happens in economy....My parents also had terrible experience with BA to Marrakech - it's less than 4 hours so no complimentary food. My parents wanted to buy food but as stewards reached their row , they announced that there is no more food available for purchase - outrageous considering they don't provide you complimentary food and don't let you buy (how come they can't have sufficient food for purchase?) . Also for them on the way back it was a plane with only 1 toilet for 120 people in economy class, you can imagine that each person had to queue around 45 minutes to be able to get in. When you call to complain, the most they will give you is 10,000 AVIOS.


Bring a sandwich, bring a tablet. Airtravel has been like this for about the last decade. Welcome to 2007.
No body has mentioned that on some destinations and durations adding car hire lowers the overall price and sometime gives you free or drastically reduced car hire. This has worked for years since Avis tied up with BA.

Adding hotels doesn't usually gain much of a saving than going direct to the hotel or using a travel site.

Worth a try. And I don't think the car hire is linked. So you can always drop it.
A135 h, 13 m ago

Always book direct and get them to price match any travel operator (ie. …Always book direct and get them to price match any travel operator (ie. use SkyScanner to find it) and they refund the difference. I do it every time i book with them. https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/flights-and-holidays/flights/price-promise


Wasn't aware they did this.

I wonder how much they'd push back on the offline bookings, they have a question of 'what is an offline booking' but don't make any other mention of it, these OTAs that have phone-only bookings are usually the ones that come up cheapest, and often sell the ticket below-cost by passing part of the kickback from the supplier into the ticket price.
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