How to book Delta flights with Virgin Atlantic miles (2021 Edition)

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This post about how to book Delta flights with Virgin Atlantic miles has been updated for 2021.  Now that Virgin Atlantic has rolled out new award pricing for Delta flights, new sweet spot awards are available for Delta economy flights, but most long distance business class awards are now much more expensive than before.  Fortunately, 50K business class awards between the US and Europe are still available. Read on to learn more about how to book Delta flights with Virgin Atlantic miles.

Delta One Suite A350 seats.  Book US to Europe one-way for only 50,000 Virgin Atlantic points.

For select routes, one of the best ways to book Delta flights is with Virgin Atlantic points. On some routes, Virgin Atlantic charges fewer points than Delta for the same Delta flights.  Sometimes the difference can be extreme.  For example, Delta might require over 300,000 miles for the same flight that Virgin Atlantic would charge 50,000 points.

Virgin Atlantic also has low award change and cancellation fees. Virgin Atlantic charges only $50 per passenger.  Even better, on awards that incur less than $50 in taxes and fees to book, you’ll lose those fees, but you won’t have to pay $50 to cancel and get your points back.  It’s worth noting, though, that this is no longer a big advantage over booking with Delta miles.  Delta now waives award and cancellation fees for flights originating in North America.  When booking flights originating elsewhere, though, Virgin Atlantic’s low change and cancellation fees are still an advantage.

Virgin Atlantic points are super easy to get.  For example, you can sign up for the Virgin Atlantic credit card (which often has a 65K welcome bonus) and then average more than 2 cents per dollar on spend with that card.  Also, points transfer 1 to 1 from most major transferable points programs:

Rewards ProgramAmex Transfer Ratio
(and transfer time)
Chase Transfer Ratio
(and transfer time)
Citi Transfer Ratio
(and transfer time)
Marriott Transfer Ratio
(and transfer time)
Capital One Transfer Ratio
(and transfer time)
Brex Transfer Ratio
(and transfer time)
Bilt Transfer Ratio
(and transfer time)
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club1 to 1 (Instant)1 to 1 (Instant)1 to 1 (Instant)60K to 25K (1 to 2 days)1 to 1 (Unknown)1 to 1 (Unknown)

Even better, transfer bonuses are common.  The following display shows current transfer bonuses, if any:

Transfer FromTransfer Bonus DetailsEnd Date Sortable
Chase30% Transfer Bonus from Chase Ultimate Rewards to Virgin Atlantic2022/6/15

8 things you need to know

  • Search and book online: Most itineraries can be booked online at virginatlantic.com.
  • Book nonstop flights: Virgin Atlantic charges separately for every leg of the trip. When multiple legs are required, it is often cheaper to book the same flights with Delta miles.
  • Watch out for the 21 day blockade.  For domestic flights within 21 days of departure, Delta often blocks awards from partners such as Virgin Atlantic.  This means that it may not be possible to book the flight you want if the departure date is within 21 days.
  • Mind the bugs: The Virgin Atlantic website is buggy, but there are easy workarounds detailed later in this post.
  • You may have to contact Virgin Atlantic: Some international destinations served by Delta are not available to book through the Virgin Atlantic website. For example, Delta flies to the Seoul Incheon airport in South Korea but the Virgin Atlantic website isn’t aware of that airport.  In order to book awards to those cities, it’s is necessary to contact Virgin Atlantic by phone or by text.
  • Search and book via text: If you want to find award availability and/or book awards for Virgin Atlantic partners like Delta (or ANA, or Virgin Australia, or Singapore Airlines, etc.), you can text them from the US at 97634 (or text internationally: 07481 339184). Unfortunately this feature is no longer available. I’ve had some luck in booking through Virgin Atlantic’s Twitter team instead.
  • Instant point transfers: Point transfers from Amex, Chase, or Citi to Virgin Atlantic are usually instantaneous.  This is great because you can find available award space before transferring points and then transfer and book the award with little risk of someone else swooping in to book the same flights.
  • Book Virgin Atlantic flights with Air France or Delta miles: Just as it is often much cheaper to book Delta flights with Virgin Atlantic points, it is often cheaper to book Virgin Atlantic flights with Air France or Delta miles.

Award prices

Virgin Atlantic has published comprehensive award charts for Delta flights (found here).  There are three separate award charts: US to UK, US to Europe, and all other routes.  Virgin Atlantic also lists pricing for lap infants.

US to UK Award Chart

The following are one-way non-stop award prices for Delta flights between the United States and the United Kingdom.  Note that while award prices are competitive, taxes on Delta One (business class) flights are extremely high.  The sweet spot here is flying standard season main cabin for only 10K to 15K points plus $262 in fees.

US to Europe Award Chart

The following are one-way non-stop award prices for Delta flights between the United States and Europe (excluding United Kingdom).  Unlike flights to the United Kingdom, taxes and fees are nearly nonexistent for flights originating in the US.  You will pay a few hundred dollars in fees, though for flights originating in Europe.

Gotta love the simplicity of this chart!

All Other Nonstop Flights Award Chart

Award pricing for all other routes is based on the distance flown.  Very short flights are cheap, but very long flights are (in my opinion) unreasonably expensive for flying Delta One or First Class.

Sadly, if your flight includes multiple segments, each segment is priced separately.

Lap Infant Award Chart

Infants under two who do not require their own seat at the time of travel can be added with the following award prices:

Step by Step Guide

Here’s how to book Delta flights with Virgin Atlantic points:

Enter your search criteria

Browse to virginatlantic.com and enter your origin and destination airports; select “round trip” or “one way” (I recommend booking one-way awards); select your travel dates, and the number of passengers.

Set advanced search criteria

Click the “Advanced search” link, then select “Points” under “Show Price in”  Then choose whether to search for Economy or Upper Class seats.  If you want to fly Delta first class or Delta One, select “Upper Class.”  Always click “Show flexible dates” to increase the chances of finding available awards.  When ready, press the red circle with arrow to start the search.

Find available award days

Delta does not make all award seats available to partners, so there may be days with no seats available at all.  Or, if you’re lucky, you may find the exact flights you need.

Important: Delta appears to block partner award space within 21 days of departure on domestic flights.  If you want to fly within the US and you have 21 days or less before departure, then you are unlikely to find flights bookable with Virgin Atlantic.  Here’s an example of what close-in calendar view often looks like for domestic flights.  February 1 is 21 days from the date that I ran this search and is therefore the first day that shows award availability:

Switch to 5-week view

If your initial search doesn’t reveal useful results, switch to the full 5 week calendar view.  Above the one-week view, you should see the option for “Calendar view”.  Click there to see 5 weeks at a time.

Select and book your flight

Once you find a date that has award availability, click the link within that date to see available flights.  Here’s an example showing two available flights:

To book the flight, simply click on the award price next to the flight you want.  For example, if you want to fly main cabin, in the example above you would click “8,500”. This will then lead you through a straightforward checkout process.

To learn more about the flight (or flights) before booking, click “Details“.  This shows you the specific flight number, aircraft, and more.  And to see available seats and seat configurations for a flight, click “Seats.”

Optionally add your Delta number

If you have elite status with Delta, you may want to add your Delta account number to the reservation:

After you receive an email confirmation of your booking:

  1. Log into your Delta account on Delta.com
  2. Go to: My Trips… Find My Trips
  3. Use the Virgin Atlantic confirmation number to find the flight
  4. Next, you can modify the flight details, remove the Virgin Atlantic frequent flyer number, and then add your Delta account number
  5. Now the flight will appear under “My Trips” on Delta.com

Dealing with bugs and limitations

Pay with Points is grayed out

If the website only lets you choose to show price in “Money” and not “Points,” the workaround is to temporarily change to a multi-city search, pick “Points” and then return to a one-way or round-trip search.

This is an example of a route in which the Virgin Atlantic website won’t let you search for award flights. The option to show the price in points is grayed out.
The first step of the solution is to switch the search to “Multi city” and pick “Points”. You can now return to a one-way or round-trip search.
After selecting “Points” on the Multi city display, you can return to “One way” or “Round trip” and the system will retain the “Points” selection.

Destination doesn’t auto-complete

This problem used to happen regularly, but it seems to be mostly fixed.  Still, if you type in your destination city and the text box doesn’t auto-complete, you have two options:

  1. Type the destination into the departure airport text box and then copy and paste it into the destination box.
  2. Use the map icon to find your destination from a drop-down list.

Airport not found

Some foreign airports aren’t loaded into the Virgin Atlantic system. If you want to book flights to one of these airports, it can’t be done online.  I recommend first finding award space and then contacting Virgin Atlantic to book it:

Find Award Space

Air France’s website can be used to search for Delta award space.  You need an Air France Flying Blue account to search for awards.  And note that the Air France award availability calendar does not work for Delta flights.  You need instead to search for Delta awards on specific dates.  If you find award availability through Air France on Delta flights, ignore the award price that Air France wants to charge.  Virgin Atlantic has different award pricing for the same flights.  The key is that if Air France can see the award space on Delta flights, then Virgin Atlantic should be able to also.

Contact Virgin Atlantic to confirm and book

Before moving points from a transferable points program to Virgin Atlantic, I recommend contacting Virgin Atlantic Flying Club to confirm that the award you want is really available and to confirm what they’ll charge.

Below you’ll find Virgin Atlantic Flying Club’s contact information.  :

Customer Centre: +1 800 862 8621
Reservations, Customer Service and Flying Club
Opening hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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jpv

Update here’s what happens if you try to message them.

Hello. We’re very sorry to inform you that since 18th of February 2022 we have ceased offering SMS messaging and WhatsApp as a contact channel. Following the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic and changing travel restrictions, our resources need to be utilised to support on other channels that can assist you in a more efficient manner. This will, in turn, mean that urgent support is ultimately provided faster. This unfortunately means that the team has not received your message, so will be unable to respond. But please don’t worry; we have a better, faster way to help you.

They offer two links that don’t work as well.

Csue

Are you now able to add the connecting legs onto the same ticket as the overseas?

NED SHAMON

i am no longer able to get VA website to search reward flights internationally, except to/from LHR. Looking for BOS to ATH hoping to score a D1 on delta nonstop flight. i even tried the BOS to LHR search first and, as you advise, then modified to ATH. Yet site immediately switches search to money. i think they’ve changed programming to prevent. ty

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John Ryan

It looks like the 97634 number no longer works. I tried it, and it says that as of 2/18, they have ceased using this and their Whatsapp numbers.

JAMES D FINCH

Greg,
Three or four years ago I was almost always able to use my Virgin points to book Delta flights from NYC to Las Vegas. For the past year every time i try I get nothing, not even the calendar showing nothing just this message: Sorry, no reward flights are available for your search, some flights don’t operate every day. Try selecting flexible dates to see more availability.#101638_

Am I doing something wrong or has Virgin stopped letting people book NYC to las Vegas on delta using Virgin points?
Jim

Matt

Is it fair to say that Delta One (Upper Class) is nearly never available from Atlanta with points to Europe? I have searched nearly every destination I think they fly nonstop and can’t find anything other than a few random dates in Jan/Feb. Is this always the case?

Nick Reyes

No, not always the case. Availability ebbs and flows.

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Santiago Speranza

The ATL to EZE leg isn’t 105K OW anymore, it’s showing up as 5,011 miles so it’s 130K Miles OW… Wow, it used to be 45K OW… what a rip off…

Ken Blakely

Hi Greg: If I’m understanding this correctly, on order to go US-EUR in Delta One using Virgin miles and low fees the flight must 1)be nonstop and 2)not go thru the UK. There can’t be that many Delta routes that do that. Can you specify some?

Ken Blakely

Hi Greg, and thanx for responding. Understand Delta has flights TO those places; I was hoping you could help us with a few examples of where those non-stop, non-UK flights come FROM.

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Points For Four

Hey Greg & Nick just wanted to say thanks for this article because it just helped pick my seats on Delta that I booked through Virgin Atlantic.

Wembley

I’m having no luck with Virgin. In July I was able to check Sea to Pek every day for several weeks and got 4 biz class tix for 60k each way. Now we’ve cancelled that trip and ii’m looking for Mia to CDG which is an airfrance flight. AitFrance website shows availability for June but cant get Virgin (or delta) to even pull those flights. Now I even struggle to pull up sea to pek when doing a search with flexible dates and miles. Once I get an error I seem to get it consistently. Sometimes using the LHR hack works for those flights then when I put in another route it fails again.

Tyler

Hello, I just texted the Virgin Flying Club only to be told I cannot use my Virgin miles on Delta. The wording of the response was as follows: “Hi, you are speaking with Becky. I hope you are well. I’ll be more than happy to help you with that! It’s great to hear you’re a member of the Flying Club! You can use your loyalty miles on our flights only for upgrades.”

Anyone else have trouble with this before?

Edit: Virgin Atlantic on Twitter told me the opposite! Hi Tyler, hope all is well. Great to hear you are a member of our Flying Club. You can use miles to fly with Delta. Here is a link to our website with more information on spending miles with them. https://www.virginatlantic.com/gb/en/flying-club/partners/airlines/delta-air-lines.html

So I guess the text line isn’t always correct or misunderstood.

Jane

Booked domestic delta flight on Virgin Atlantic website and now want to cancel. Do not appear to be able to do this online on Virgin website.
Logged onto delta website and has button to cancel flight. If I cancel on delta website, will I def receive my virgin miles back ??

JJ Lee

Nick and Greg, I’m assuming you guys actually keep this card and put your non-bonus categories purchases on this card?

JJ Lee

Thanks for the response Greg. In your other article, you mentioned about spending $2500/month for 10 months to maximize it. Is that what you’re still doing? Cuz if you set it and forget it, isn’t there a risk that you’ll spend another 2 months?

Are you or Nick still planning to write an article about the cards in your wallet?

NK3

Regarding searching for flights, I too find the VS website very clunky. I actually use their app for it. It is extremely similar to thr Delta app.

angry380

Notice that Delta seems not release A350 transpacific flights to Virgin Atlantic. I see saver award availability on some days for ATL-ICN or DTW-ICN but no luck. I gave up and went ahead with ATL-PVG so I can experience D1 suite.

Santiago

Funny enough I just booked this for my wife, father, daughter (under 2) and I from ATL to EZE last night! 90K / Person RT and only 10K for our daughter… gotta love it!

Gabby

Can I sign up for the Virgin card and the Alaska card on the same day? What are the rules for BOA? I need a refresher

Lawrence

Just a quick question. How many miles for a flight on DL on their Delta One seats with one or two stopover using Virgin Atlantic miles?

qofmiwok

Has anything changed lately? Virgin’s direct Virgin/Delta route map no longer shows CDG or AMS, just LHR and other UK airports. And nothing is coming up in search to CDG or AMS.

ray

same here. nothing is coming up for CDG or AMS.

John Polse

Any reason this article doesn’t show up on feedly under frequentmiler on 1.27.20? Only shows on boardingarea as of 8:37 am.

David

What if VS site only finds availability on their own planes? How do I “force” it to look at partner airlines? And, if a flight shows as available on Delta’s website, would I be able to get it if I called Virgin instead of trying online?

David

Hi Greg … thanks for replying! Just so I am clear: are you saying that if an award flight is available to redeem directly through Delta’s site, it does not necessarily mean it is available to book on VS? In other words, availability (on the same plane) varies depending on which airline you book through?

Derrick P

Is it possible to use book Delta Codeshares flights using Virgin Atlantic miles?

OhBoy

I’m unable to get past the gray. When I enter LHR, the Book with Miles options becomes available and I select it. But then when I update LHR to SFO (for example), it resets to Money.

JL100

Bummer almost all my flights on Delta are connecting since I don’t live at a Delta hub. Too bad, was looking forward to a better points option to book Delta.

Benny

Did anyone use Flying Blue to search for DL awards recently? Booked a couple of transatlantic/transpacific tickets 4 months ago by searching Flying Blue and calling VS, smooth experience (Including flight to ICN that not shown up in VS website).

Trying to change one of my itineraries today but all search results came back as no flights available on Flying Blue. Even tried flights directly available on VS (e.g. DTW to CUN on early Dec., plenty of available choices on VS), no go on Flying Blue as well. Thanks for any help or suggestion!

Andrew R.

Generally speaking, the few direct Delta One routes bookable on VA for 50k right now have anemic availability. Two or three days all summer which may as well be zero. Last year there were dozens of dates and flights available during peak times.

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Lots of good info!Thanks

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kevin kole

Is this article correct quoting 50k miles for a business class seat on Virgin?

I have just (06/06/19) gone on Delta.com, and whereas I remember in the past booking Upper Class seats from SFO to LHR for 50,000 miles on Virgin (or maybe 55k), now it is showing me 86,000 miles for one-way redemption. The $5.60 fee is stil the same though : )

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mrredskin

is there an actual route map or only “destinations”?

Nick Reyes

Try flightconnections.com for routes.

bob

how come the fees to europe are like $400+

CaveDweller

bob
That’s why u need lots of different points Singapore fees ($540) were Insane so I think ORD>NCE…CDG>ORD by AA points lot cheaper next May..
CHEERs

Nick Reyes

It’s only fees to London that are absurd. Fees to most other European cities are $5.60 one-way from the US. One-way from Europe the fees are higher, but not $400 high unless you’re departing the UK (in which case, you’re getting hit with a UK-specific premium cabin tax)

The Fred

Something has happened here; ALL European destinations are now north of $400 in fees one-way from the U.S…

The Fred

Hi – thanks. But, no. I’m afraid this hack has been stitched up and fees aligned North across the board. Check for instance some of these DTW-AMS direct flights that are often being referred to, including above. Fees coming up on Virgin Atlantic’s website are now the same (>$600) as a NYC-LHR VS or DL operated flight.

Think you guys should take a close look at this, because something has happened here lately – shutting down what has often been highlighted as a golden opportunity in spending your miles.

Frank

Greg, if I am looking for a RT flight from US to CDG and can find the outbound segment but it is too early for seats to open up yet for the return flight, is there any way to make the one-way reservation now and later convert it to a round-trip when the return segment becomes available? I would normally just book this as two one-ways, but if I book two one-way segments, I will have to pay the large surcharge for the return flights from CDG to US. Any idea how to jump on flights as soon as they become available but avoid the one-way return surcharges?

Cameron

I’m curious about this myself…

Nick Reyes

I don’t think there’s any way to do that without cancelling and re-booking — and then it’s no guarantee that the seats go back into award inventory. I think you’d have to either wait until the return opens or book them separately.

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Sam

@Greg- I tried to search JFK to Mumbai on the direct flight starting 12/22/19 and while there are plenty of dates with the 135,000 Delta miles one way, I thought maybe Virgin may also show availability. Any thoughts on whether flights to Asia and India would show up as a valid route? Thanks

Bluecat

I have used VA many times to fly on Delta to LHR or AMS from PDX. Taxes have always been $5.60.

When I searched this week, I’m getting $150 and up for fees.

Any ideas for what’s going on? (I haven’t called in yet to ask because I’m not sure the phone agents would know…)

bluecat

That is bad news about the flights *to* London. It was one of my “go to” routes.

AMS is still available for $6 but apparently only in low season. In high season, for example: June 14th: PDX to LHR is 15K miles (rather low) + $200 (high).

Tim Grable

Two Questions: 1) Are you able to choose seats if so are you able to select preferred seats for having status with Delta? 2) Are you able to access the SkyClub with you Amex Card while flying a Delta flight booking on VA?

cbogsin

I’m trying to find tickets to Tokyo. Tried multiple US airports and dates over several months. Always told there’s nothing. It doesn’t even bring up a calendar. Is Japan not bookable via Virgin Atlantic online?

Richard H

I live in Hawaii and just discovered that flights from HNL to NRT in Delta One are only 35k miles each way using Virgin Atlantic. That is an amazing deal.

Michael Bodaken

Appears that you actually have sufficient miles in your Virgin Atlantic account to conduct the search. Otherwise, miles option grays out. Right?

bluecat

Explained in the post

Kate

Yes, excellent article!! Thanks! All the detail tremendously helpful to have in one place. Especially appreciated how you walk through all the bugs on the Virgin site with ways to cope.

Kyle

Great post! I actually just was able to book 4 Delta One tickets to Paris for next April all with Virgin points! Net about 38.5K Amex points (due to the 30% bonus transfer) per ticket! Amazing value.

CaveDweller

A little old on the post 4 months ??