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flying with virgin, upgrade advice please

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Hi everyone

Looking forward to our first cruise in March with R.C

But I was wondering, we are flying with virgin, has anyone ever upgraded at the airport? Would anyone recommend first class with virgin? Worth it, or save money for the casino on board lol

Thanks in advance

Sharon

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It's worth upgrading to Upper Class if it includes entry to the Club House (lounge). Check the details on Virgin Atlantic website. If you upgrade at the airport you will already have packed you one allowed suitcase :eek:

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Depends how far you are flying - over say 9 hours I believe its very worth while.

 

The upper class lounge at Heathrow is excellent lots of facilities - hair cut massage etc and good food / drink / WiFi.

 

However if you upgrade at the airport you wont have the advantage of the extra luggage allowance which can be helpful on a cruise.

 

On board the service is really good - you can eat or drink when you want to at any time.

 

Upper class seating is very good its set out so everyone has access to an aisle without climbing over anyone.

 

As someone once said if you dont travel Business class your children will!!

 

Alan

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We upgraded once and are rapidly building miles to do it again. Worth every penny. But suggest you register, for free, on v-flyer dot com, for lots of info on Virgin.

 

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Yikes!!

 

I opened on this forum to tell you about the differences when up-grading to from economy to premier economy.

 

Don't think I'll bother now. :o

 

JB :D

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Actually I would like to know the difference between Economy and premium economy :)

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We fell in love with premium economy because of the space including the tray table between seats giving shoulder space. So if you can't afford to upgrade to upper class, these are still wonderful. We got ourselves a virgin credit cad, put all purchases on it including paying for the cruise and it builds us sufficient points to upgrade prior. You have to keep an eye on the flights as they open up at weird times and disappear. E.g we booked dec 15 flights in jan 15 and monitored it regularly, they opened the outbound in May for 3 days and return in July for 2 days and grabbed the upgrade to upper class for points and taxes. The clubhouse in Heathrow is amazing.

 

Premium economy has its own check in, larger seats and leg room, meals are served by menu choice and served on real plates. You board and get free sparking wine whilst boarding, better blankets and pillows and decent headphones.

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We fell in love with premium economy because of the space including the tray table between seats giving shoulder space. So if you can't afford to upgrade to upper class, these are still wonderful. We got ourselves a virgin credit cad, put all purchases on it including paying for the cruise and it builds us sufficient points to upgrade prior. You have to keep an eye on the flights as they open up at weird times and disappear. E.g we booked dec 15 flights in jan 15 and monitored it regularly, they opened the outbound in May for 3 days and return in July for 2 days and grabbed the upgrade to upper class for points and taxes. The clubhouse in Heathrow is amazing.

 

 

Are you saying to book economy first and then try and upgrade? We were thinking of booking premium economy straight off the bat!

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Fir Xmas We booked premium economy first because there is never a guarantee that upgrades will be offered for the flights you picked. But at Easter the upgrades were available when we booked so paid economy and got premium. We ring flying club to book

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Premium economy is good, but once you have done Virgin Upper Class you won't want to turn right on a plane ever again! On the flight there is a bar area where you can go and sit at any time during the flight, so long as the seat belt signs are off. Or, when you want your bed made up you can go there for a night cap while the steward converts your seat into a comfy, long, flat bed. My husband particularly enjoyed the single malt whisky night cap. You also get a nice amenity pack with a good eye mask and nice lotions plus toothbrush and toothpaste.

Sometimes, when overbooked in premier economy they try to sell upgrades to upper class for those passengers in prem economy.

For us, on long haul flights, the fact that you get a decent sleep adds an extra couple of days value to the holiday as you don't feel like a zombie on arrival. For me a flight upgrade gives me way more satisfaction than betting in the casino, but if you like the casino then it may not be worth it!

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I totally agree Business class every time on a long flight - I personally wouldnt book Premium in the hope of an upgrade

 

This Christmas we are flying Business to Singapore with Singapore air (as we did last Christmas) the service is excellent and the food brilliant. You can "book the cook" and pre order your meals - the lobster was very good.

 

However we like Virgin and would fly with them if they go where we want to.

 

Not so keen on BA.

 

We have only flown Business a few times - starting when someone said if you dont fly business your children will!!

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Hi retiredbrit,

I am flying business on Singapore air in November. Never been with them before so I was interested in the "book the cook" comment. Can you tell me how that works please? Presume it happens online. I love lobster so may just have to treat myself to that!

Thanks, Libby

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You will have to visit Sing Air web, you should have your flight locator identifier which will let you get to your booking, book the cook is one of the sub menus

There are a lot of choices - we got two main meals on the way back to LHR at Christmas.

We are only 25 miles from LHR so we just get up and go - no tea or breakfast at home straight into the Business lounge for breakfast when we get to the airport. This year the new Sing Air Business lounge is open so we have high expectations

Alan

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Thanks Alan,

Will check that out. We are in Plymouth but we have booked a driver to and from LHR. We will definitely make the most of the lounge before the flight, hope the new lounge is open by November when we have our flight.

Got a BA business flight in October so it will be fun to compare and contrast!

Thanks again,

Libby

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We have tried Business on BA its OK but the seat layout is not good on a long night flight. The centre row of seats is a staggered 4 seats see http://www.seatguru.com/ and a do google search of BA business seats and look at images.

In order to lie flat part of the bed is joined to the seat in front so unless you have a gangway seat you have to climb over you neighbours legs. Its difficult to explain but I had to do it. So BA is not top of my list. Business on their European flights is ok but not much better than economy - you just have an empty seat next to you

Singapore airways is excellent - but Virgin is my favourite

Virgin have a much better lay out the seats are angled so everyone has an aisle next to them.

 

I am not in any way an authority on Busines - these three are the only ones I have flown on. But U-Tube has videos of lots of airlines

 

Alan

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Thanks for the extra info Alan,

We have had business class with Emirates and Turkish airlines. Turkish was really good food wise. The chef came round with a trolley with about 20 different starter options. My husband had a steak for his main course and said it was better than many steaks he has had at ground level.

I love the amenity pack you get from Emirates. Bulgari toiletries. I still have the bag and contents. It is too nice to break into! Ha ha.

I know what you mean about the BA seat arrangement. It is fine if you are travelling with a close relative or friend, but clambering over legs in the semi darkness is not so good.

Business on a short haul flight is no big deal, as you say, but for long haul I really appreciate a bed and a few glasses of bubbly to get the holiday started!

Cheers, Libby

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Just be careful when booking seats in premium economy,Virgin,night flight...Do not sit near the galley.Twice now we have had seats there and twice,the same problem.....The security inflight staff stay awake and chat continually and giggle with flight crew...Get in early and book seats further back..

We love Virgin.Always worth an upgrade.We too, do everything we can to get airmiles to use for upgrades.

The lounge in Heathrow is second to none,starting with its own private drive-in entrance.Best cocktail bar...

Sometimes you can be lucky and get cheap upgrades at the airport....but hope you are all booked up now as you are off soon...safe trip....

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We have flights booked for Sep 2016, using Virgin Air miles, Upper Class London - Chicago returning Premium economy Chicago - London.

 

Now, that might seem like the wrong way round because the retrun leg is overnight BUT if we are flying upper we don't want to waste the experience by sleeping through it! And we want to experience the Upper Class Clubhouse at LHR.

 

Will report back on how it went.

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Not very impressed with Virgin this time round. They have reduced the cost of the flights since we booked. As this rarely happens and are encouraged to book early (especially as it's a December flight) I am not happy about this. I guess that's the way the cookie crumbles

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We can report back sooner if you like....

 

We're doing Virgin upper class this Thursday, going to New York for a long weekend, coming back premium, same reason as said by 'Tothesunset' - the Heathrow lounge.

The tickets are a gift from our daughter for the wife's 60th. Putting the kids through Uni' is starting to reap benefits at last!

 

Where abouts in deepest Lincs are you from Sunset?

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We can report back sooner if you like....

I should be really interested to hear your experience.

We're doing Virgin upper class this Thursday, going to New York for a long weekend, coming back premium, same reason as said by 'Tothesunset' - the Heathrow lounge.

I read an article in a US newspaper last week which had a list of the 10 best airport lounges. The Heathrow Clubhouse was in the top 5.

The tickets are a gift from our daughter for the wife's 60th.

Hmmph! Ours bought us 6 months Netflix subscription! Do you want to swap?

 

Where abouts in deepest Lincs are you from Sunset?

About 15 miles NE of Peterborough. Just about at the point where Lincs, Norfolk And Cambs meet. Just look up Nowhere on a map and we are in the middle of it.

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I'll let you know how we get on.

My car is booked in for valet parking, to be collected from that fancy drop off place, my daughter usually gets dropped off there by the chaffeur service they use. My son in law has insisted we get to LHR early to enjoy Virgin's hospitality, he likes the included drinks and food....

 

Don't want to rub it in Sunset but she's also treated us to theatre tickets for the Saturday night ( Jersey boys - wife's choice).

 

By your description I reckon you're talking Whaplode drove.....

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I'll let you know how we get on.

My car is booked in for valet parking, to be collected from that fancy drop off place, my daughter usually gets dropped off there by the chaffeur service they use. My son in law has insisted we get to LHR early to enjoy Virgin's hospitality, he likes the included drinks and food....

 

Don't want to rub it in Sunset but she's also treated us to theatre tickets for the Saturday night ( Jersey boys - wife's choice).

 

By your description I reckon you're talking Whaplode drove.....We live in Maggies home town so not a million miles away.

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