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Virgin Atlantic MAN-JFK Sept & Oct 2017, Upper Class - £700 (one way)
Virgin Atlantic MAN-JFK Sept & Oct 2017, Upper Class - £700 (one way)

Virgin Atlantic MAN-JFK Sept & Oct 2017, Upper Class - £700 (one way)

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OK so this is still a lot of money, and I would vote it down if it weren't so much cheaper than other alternatives for a similar product.

Manchester to JFK (New York) varying dates in Sept and Oct 2017 (there may be other dates and on other routes); Upper Class for around £700 each leg (return based).

I was looking to do a trip for a week in late Sept/early Oct 17 and the flights in Economy were about £450 return. But as it's for a special holiday, thought it might be nice to go Premium Economy, so that was £722 out (less coming back), BUT next to that was Upper Class for £782, only £59 more.

Coming back is cheaper still, 'only' £617.

OK so it's still £1,400 return instead of £450, but for the extra you get to experience as close to 1st Class as I'm ever likely to see (Emirates £10,000 1st Class for example).

On the return overnight flight I get to sleep on a flat bed, and get wined and dined with Champagne and a supposedly superb lounge in JFK (and a really cr4p one in Manchester!).

So it's only any good if you want to treat that special person to a once-in-a-lifetime treat, but I've gone for it, as there are is no point being the richest person in the graveyard!

Please don't vote it down for being expensive and perhaps in your mind not worth it, as that is a horses for courses argument - I think this is a really good price when compared to other VA flights in Upper Class, and for that reason, and that reason alone, is why I'm posting it as a 'deal'.

Edit - dates available are from 28/05/17-07/10/17, and I have done a quick compare to Newark and to Orlando (just to see what those prices are) and they are far more expensive for the same service.

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Please don't shoot it down



Interesting choice of words, given the nature of the deal oO

I thought that was £700 return! £1400 is a fairly standard 'sale' price from what I have seen - but still OK value if you are doing it for a special occasion.

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johnthehuman

Interesting choice of words, given the nature of the deal oO


Edited!
Edited by: "thelatics" 8th Nov 2016

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justy79

I thought that was £700 return! £1400 is a fairly standard 'sale' price f … I thought that was £700 return! £1400 is a fairly standard 'sale' price from what I have seen - but still OK value if you are doing it for a special occasion.


Agree entirely, £700 return would have been amazing!

justy79

I thought that was £700 return! .



Snap! Probably why the deal is doing as well as it is.

Need to add in the title One Way i also thought it was return.

£1400 is pretty normal tbh however not seen many offers from virgin.

is it just me or does anyone else have to scroll down for ages to see comments

mattinhull

is it just me or does anyone else have to scroll down for ages to see … is it just me or does anyone else have to scroll down for ages to see comments



​yes I do too very annoying

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jag18272

£1400 is pretty normal tbh however not seen many offers from virgin.


But Newark was £1,800+ and Orlando was £2,000+ so this is at least cheaper.

Not looked but I'd love to see what BA charge, bet it's massive!
Edited by: "thelatics" 8th Nov 2016

Richest person in the graveyard. Love it.

Its an OK price, but not fantastic. BA business class is £889 around those dates (out of Heathrow) and IMO BA business is better than Virgin upper, but that's a personal taste thing.

You really cant compare Virgin Upper with Emirates 1st - they are like chalk and cheese, and the problem with Virgin Atlantic is that they are just too small. I expect to see see them squeezed out over the coming years

The idea of posting a deal on here and then telling people not to vote it comes because "*insert whatever reason that the deal will bomb*" just didn't work for me. £500 extra each way for a pretty short flight is ludicrous too most people, me included. Hence my cold vote. I'd rather spend that extra grand on amazing dining experiences or hotels...

virgin upper is more like business than 1st class. you may want to check the seat configuration too if youre flying with someome as the herring bone layout means you dont really get to be close to youre other half, which could be a bonus. last time i flew upper i noticed a honeymooning couple and she sat on the ottoman/footstool for almost the whole flight but had paid a lot of money for the privellege. and finally if i was going to use uller again i would only ever fly out of lhr due its louge. all that being said heat for the price alone

If you want some better deals to the US, check for business class flights from Dublin. You also benefit from immigration pre-clearance as well as (usually) cheaper fares and no UK departure taxes.

Any separate flights to get you to/from Dublin have to been booked with plenty of tolerance for stuff to go wrong.

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£3,053 via Dublin, and takes 10hrs 20 minutes instead of 7hrs 50, an extra 2hrs 30 mins, probably less than the time you spend in US Immigration.

I'll admit Air France Business Class is £200 cheaper via CDG, but that's 12hrs 25 minutes!
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