The Christmas and New Year period has become one of the busiest times of the year for long-haul leisure travel. Anyone who has tried booking an economy class flight to cities as diverse as New York, Bangkok or Sydney during this time will know that discount are almost unheard of.
In contrast, business travellers will find some very attractive fares in premium cabins over the same period. This year, Virgin Atlantic is cutting Upper Class (its business class brand) fares by up to 70 per cent over Christmas and the New Year.
The deals are not available to all Virgin’s destinations (popular places like Cape Town, Johannesburg and Sydney are not included) but there is still a good choice of cities. The discounts mean you can luxuriate in flat-bed business class comfort for little more than the cost of a more basic premium economy seat.
Examples of return fares from London are £1,209 to New York, £1,309 to Boston, £1,309 to Washington DC, £1,509 to Chicago, £1,669 to Los Angeles and £1,669 to San Francisco. All fares are valid for departure between December 22, 2007 and January 14, 2008.
Flights from London to Dubai cost between £1,209 and £1,359 from December 1, 2007 to January 31, 2008. Flights to Shanghai typically cost £1,609, to Delhi £1,309, to Mumbai £1,259, to Tokyo £1,709 and to Nairobi £1,209. These fares are valid between December 1, 2007 and January 31, 2008, except for Tokyo which is December 4, 2007 to January 31, 2008.
These sale fares require a Saturday-night stay and are subject to availability. All bookings must be made by November 27, 2007. Airport chauffeur cars are not provided.
For more information visit virgin-atlantic.com.
Report by Alex McWhirter