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Hurry: Virgin offers cash discount to move your flights away from BA

Virgin Atlantic plane being loaded on the tarmac

Virgin Atlantic have this morning launched an aggressive campaign against British Airways (BA). In a new and unusually attacking move, they have announced an offer they’re calling #VAnotBA!

In what may amount to a shrewd move following BA’s well documented May Bank Holiday troubles, Virgin are offering you the chance to switch your flights away from BA with the incentive of an extra £50 discount.

How does it work?

This offer is aimed at customers who have booked long-haul flights with BA and are still within their 24-hour ‘cooling off period’ that allows them to cancel at no extra charge.

Virgin are offering to match the route and dates of your original booking and give you £50 off their quoted fare.

What is important to note here is that they are NOT offering to match the price of your BA flights and then add a further £50 discount! That means you need to carefully compare BA and Virgin prices and make sure you will still come out ahead before jumping in on this deal.

How to use this deal


There are a number of key conditions to note about this deal:


I think this is a really interesting move from Virgin and it will be intriguing to see what sort of take up this offer gets.

If it is intended to capitalise on the recent surge of ill-feeling towards BA and their handling of the Bank Holiday issues, I can’t help but wonder if this offer might have been even more effective about a week ago but we will see.

The one other seemingly obvious key point that is still worth a mention, is to ensure you leave yourself enough time to cancel your BA booking after booking a new flight with Virgin. You don’t want to end up with 2 bookings!

You can find out more details about this promotion on this special page on the Virgin website. 

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