Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Review (2023) Is it Worth It? I Boutique Adventurer (2023)

I have flown Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy several times and it is my favorite premium economy airline offer. I had flown Virgin Atlantic Upper Class about ten years ago in my pre-travel blogging days. I remembered it as a positive experience – particularly as I got fun pajamas and there was a bar.

I was flying from London to Bhutan via Delhi and got an excellent deal with Virgin Atlantic on upper class – I was shocked by how reasonable the price was compared to flying with Virgin Atlantic upper class to the USA.

(NB I use to compare costs across airlines for both premium economy and business class).

Here is my Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Review, including how it compares with the airline’s premium economy offer and how it compares with business class on similar airlines.

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Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Review

Table of Contents

  • Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Review
  • Check-in at Heathrow
  • Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Heathrow Terminal 3
  • Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Cabin
  • Seats
  • Food and drinks
  • London to Delhi
  • Delhi to London
  • In-flight Entertainment
  • In-flight Socialising
  • Amenities
  • Virgin Atlantic Service
  • Conclusion

Check-in at Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic’s base is at Heathrow Terminal Three. The upper class has its own check-in section, which is always nice. Even better, it has its own elevator (with its own little red carpet), which takes Upper-Class passengers up to security, where Virgin Atlantic Upper Class has its own security area. Not fast track, its own security area. I was very impressed.

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You won’t be surprised to read that there was virtually no wait to get through security.

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The baggage allowance for Virgin Atlantic Upper Class is:

2 x 16kg max hand luggage
2 x 32kg checked bags
Priority baggage delivery

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Heathrow Terminal 3

I then headed to the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in area H. I was quite excited as the Virgin Clubhouse has a very good name which I discovered was well deserved. The clubhouse is big – much bigger than the average airline business class lounge.

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It is divided into multiple areas for different purposes. There are power sockets everywhere which was great news.

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The Virgin clubhouse at Heathrow Terminal three has a buffet offering. However, it is deli-style (which included things like smoked salmon, fresh fruit and Greek yogurt) and set up behind glass, so passengers must request that a server places everything on the plate.

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There is also a QR code menu where guests can order food and drinks from their seats in the clubhouse on their phones.

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I was on a late morning flight, so my visit was at breakfast time. The QR code menu for breakfast was impressive. It featured every type of egg dish you could imagine as well as things like French toast. Specialty coffee can be ordered as well as some fun smoothies and juices.

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The clubhouse also has several areas that can be used for things other than working, eating, or drinking. There is an area with three exercise bikes set up to have views directly onto the tarmac.

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There is an Instagram-friendly area with a cool hanging chair and fake flowers. Best of all was the area designed for sleeping/resting. These small areas featured deep, comfortable chairs with poofs and were much quieter than the rest of the clubhouse.

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Unlike many lounges these days, the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Heathrow terminal three still does overhead calls when flights begin boarding upper-class passengers.

(Video) Virgin Atlantic Upper Class | A350-1000 | Heathrow - New York - Heathrow | January 2023

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Cabin

Once on board, Virgin Upper Class doesn’t feel much different from sitting in premium economy. To my mind, the key difference is that the seat turns into a lie flat.

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The configuration of the upper-class cabin is quite unique in the world of business-class cabins. Each seat is on an angle, so they are “next” to each other rather than side by side. It is a 1 x 1 x 1 horizontal configuration, so it doesn’t really matter if you have a middle seat when it comes to space or ease of getting in and out of the seat.

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However, if you have a seat in the middle, you will be directly facing those who have a seat on the right-hand side of the plane and vice versa. Personally, I didn’t really like this, as one of the best things about business class is having more of a sense of privacy.

I have read that Virgin Atlantic has changed this on their latest aircraft, and the seats are now all facing forward. They also have sliding doors to create a feeling of privacy. However, this will only apply to a minority of the fleet at the moment.

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Newer planes also have the Retreat Suite area at the front of Upper Class. The seats have a more spacious area and also have “benches” at the end of the seat so that the area can seat four people. The Retreat Suite can only be booked 14 days before departure on a first come, first served basis.


There is quite a bit of seat size variation across the different Virgin Atlantic fleet planes. The newest Upper Class offer is in the Airbus A350-1000 and it has a seat width of 20 inches as does the A330-200. The bed width on both aircraft is 20 inches. The A330-300 and 787-9 (which is what I was flying on for this review) have seat widths of 22 inches. Bed widths on these planes are 33 inches.

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Overall I was very satisfied with my 22 inch wide seat on the 787-9. However, I was surprised to find that I could either sit completely upright or completely flat – no halfway recline in between, which was quite annoying. Also, it is impossible to convert the seat from sitting up to flat without the assistance of a flight attendant, which I also find annoying.

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Food and drinks

London to Delhi

The drinks offered on Virgin Atlantic Upper Class are excellent. They not only had French champagne (Champagne Chanoine Freres Reserve Privee Brut NV), but they also had English sparkling wine (Hambledon) and prosecco (NV Dea Del Mare).

Wines on offer were:


2021 Brook Ridge Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

2021 Soave, Gianni Tessari, Italy


2021 Diemersdale Pinotage, South Africa

2021 Pinot Noir, Gianni Tessari, Italy

Quinta do Noval Black Reserve Port, Portugal

As with Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy, plenty of food is available at all times. The food was good, but I didn’t find it to be very different from the food on Virgin Atlantic in premium economy and like many airlines these days, the serving sizes are not large. However, the wine and bubbles on offer were a considerable notch up from premium economy.

Starters for dinner were a choice between a chicken parfait with apricot chutney and beetroot with a goat’s cheese mousse, plus warm artisan pieces of bread.

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There were three choices for the main meal:

Chicken and wild mushroom pie with colcannon mash, garden vegetables, and a red wine sauce

Butter chicken curry with coriander rice, garlic fried okra, mini naan bread, and chilli garnish

Vegetable korma with green beans, pilau rice and paratha.

(Video) Flying Virgin Atlantic First Class, London Heathrow to New York JFK! A Once in a Lifetime Flight!

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Dessert was two choices:

Black forest gateau with coconut vanilla cream and raspberry flakes or

Warm sweet brioche bread and butter pudding with fresh cream.

The cheese plate was composed of Snowdonia rock star cave-aged cheddar, Shropshire blue, Somerset brie with grapes, plum and ginger chutney and crackers.

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I enjoyed a beetroot and goat’s cheese salad followed by butter chicken. I chose cheese rather than dessert.

Snacks are available after the first meal is served and until 40 minutes before landing. Passengers can order more than one of the following options:

Cream tea: plain and fudge scones with clotted cream, salted caramel spread and strawberry jam (I chose this option and wow the salted caramel addition was fantastic!).

Gourmet fish goujons hot sandwich with tartare sauce

Chicken Caesar club sandwich served with salted crisps

Chickpea fritter and vegetable samosa served with sweet chili pickle and carrot, cucumber and onion seed salad

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There are also a variety of crisps and chocolate bars available at any time throughout the flight.

Delhi to London

On this leg “dinner” (which was served around 11 am local time) was as follows:


Tandoori Chicken bites with a cucumber, baby tomato and pepper salad


Barley salad with feta cheese, spring onions, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, olives, pomegranate seeds, and a lemon mint dressing

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Warm Artisanal Breads

Main was a choice of one of the following:

Pan-fried seabass, creamed mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables and a lemon butter sauce

Pepper chicken masala, carrot and beans poriyal, yellow dal and coconut rice

Kadai paneer, onion pulao, aloo saag and yellow dal

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Dessert was a choice of:

Black forest tart with berry compote and chocolate soil

(Video) My BEST flight ever and what a bargain it was! London to Seattle in Upper Class with Virgin Atlantic

Warm date and walnut cake with custard

The cheese plate included Emmental, brie, Danish blue and was served with grapes, mango chutney and crackers

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Extra bites “rules” were the same as the flight over eg after the first meal up to 40 minutes pre-landing and the following were on offer:

Seabass fillet marinated in green chutney with mustard potatoes and tomato sauce

Butter chicken slider with yoghurt slaw and potato wedges

Paneer tikka wrap and side salad

Salted caramel cheesecake with a berry compote

The wines and port available were the same as the flight from London Heathrow to Delhi

In-flight Entertainment

I flew from London to Delhi on a 787-9, which has quite a small entertainment screen of 11.1 inches (as does the A330-300). The A330-200 has a 15.3-inch screen, and the newest aircraft, the A350-1000 has a more generous screen size of 18.5 inches.

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The inflight entertainment is good, with decent variation in the offers (300+ hours), but other airlines are offering a more extensive range.

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In-flight Socialising

Virgin Atlantic is well known for its onboard bar. There is a bar in upper class on the Airbus 330 and Boeing 787. The A330neo and selected Airbus 350 planes have an area called The Loft. This is a couple of couches and a screen.

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The newest A350 planes are fitted with The Booth. The Booth takes two people and can be booked with the crew. Apparently, it is a luxurious and romantic spot for two.

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The toiletries in the self-titled “goodie bag” are from Ren and were decent but not amazing. A lip balm, hand cream, and global protection day cream. There were also earplugs, a pen, and a toothbrush and toothpaste. The “bag” itself is plain purple and can be recycled eg it isn’t something you can keep and reuse, which is unusual for business class.

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I was on a day flight, so I didn’t sleep but the linen was nothing special, nor were the headphones. Bog standard business class.

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The wifi was a disaster both ways. I only managed to get maybe one hour over the 9/10 hour flight. Having said that, I think the problem may have been my slightly old laptop. I had the same issue the last time I flew with Virgin Premium Economy and it did appear that no one but me experienced problems with the wifi. But my friend who I was traveling with also had problems with them. I now have a new laptop, so I will update this next time I fly with Virgin Atlantic.

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The wifi starts at £2.99, but you’ll have to pay considerably more if you want to do any work. Prices vary based on the route, and there is often an offer for a limited time period and one for access for the entire flight.

Virgin Atlantic Service

One of the highlights of flying with Virgin Atlantic is the extremely friendly staff, no matter what cabin you are in. On Virgin Atlantic, the staff in Upper Class actually come to your seat and proactively ask if there is anything more you would like. I have seldom experienced this, even in business class on other airlines.

My return flight from Delhi to London was also a day flight. But I want to start with a big thank you to Virgin Atlantic. I was traveling with a friend who had to change her ticket last minute, so she could only get an economy seat on my flight without spending a fortune.

(Video) Virgin Upper Class Seats Compared - 787 versus A350. Which is better???

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We had problems in the transit area of Delhi airport due to a lack of staff and a broken printer (believe it or not, the transit area at Delhi airport does not take electronic boarding passes). Once we were sorted, I told the Virgin Atlantic representative that he could make it up to me by getting my friend either upgraded or empty seats next to her.

He found an empty row for her in the economy cabin, which was great news. However, once she got on the flight, she was confronted by an angry male passenger with his family who insisted that these were his seats, which was quite unpleasant.

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The wonderful Virgin Atlantic staff brought her up to the bar in Upper Class and got her a glass of champagne. They found her a seat in economy with spare seats and said she could come up to the bar in upper class whenever she wanted during the flight.

Once the flight took off, it was clear that there were several empty seats in the upper class. Without me asking, one of the hostesses came up and said I could go and get my friend and move her up to upper class for the rest of the flight. It was incredibly kind of them and so thoughtful, as we hadn’t even asked. Thank you Virgin Atlantic!

NB – all airline lounges were closed at Delhi airport so I wasn’t able to check it out.

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It is hard to beat Virgin Atlantic on the lounge front. The clubhouse has the most innovative and tasty offer in the world of business-class lounges. I also think Virgin Atlantic has the friendliest staff in both the upper class and premium economy. The food is very good, the drinks on offer are excellent, and they have a bar.

On the 787, the video screen is quite small compared to most other planes and airlines, and the content selection is decent but not amazing. The lack of a proper toiletries bag isn’t great as is only having a flat or upright offer for the seat.

As I mentioned, I also feel like the seating plan offers the lowest level of privacy in upper class. Virgin has fixed this in their newest aircraft but they represent the minority of flights.

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I am a big Virgin Atlantic fan but the downside of them having such an excellent premium economy is that the step up to Upper Class doesn’t feel like a big deal, particularly when you consider it is normally at least twice the price of Premium. (Very unlike British Airways who has an average premium economy offer and a great business class offer)

In conclusion, yes, Virgin Atlantic Upper Class gets a good plus rating from me because of the staff and clubhouse. But I only think it is worth paying extra if it isn’t a huge jump from the premium economy price. Otherwise, you would be better off taking the premium economy offer.

If it were priced in line with other business class offers, I would still take it most times because of the service and the clubhouse. If it were a newer plane, I would definitely take Virgin Atlantic Upper Class versus its competitors at the same price.

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I covered all of the costs of my return Upper Class flights with Virgin Atlantic. However, sometimes my articles including affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase through the link I may receive a small commission. I wanted to let you know.

You might enjoy reading some more of my business class airline reviews:

Air France Business Class Review

Emirates Business Class Review

Iberia Business Class Review

Malaysian Airlines Business Class Review

Qatar Business Class Review

Thai Airways Business Class Review

American Airlines Premium Economy Review

(Video) Travel day, Manchester to New York JFK. Virgin Atlantic premium economy and checking into Mint House


Is Virgin Upper Class worth the money? ›

If you want to fly in ultimate luxury, it's definitely worth upgrading to Upper Class. While Premium class offers plenty of perks, Upper Class really goes to the next level.

Do you get pyjamas on Virgin Upper Class? ›

After enjoying priority boarding and reaching my seat, I was given a hot towel and glass of Prosecco before being welcomed by our crew for the journey – for passengers flying overnight, you are also offered cotton pyjamas to change into before take- off, so that you can settle straight to sleep from the off.

Are Virgin Atlantic seats comfortable? ›

Each seat is 21 inches wide and has a 38-inch recline. There is also a pull-out footrest – or if you are in the front row the attendant brings a footrest all of your own. The Virgin Atlantic premium economy seats feel properly premium. The premium economy seats on Virgin Atlantic are padded and very comfortable.

Can you pay to go in the Virgin Upper Class lounge? ›

Look on Virgin Atlantic website for the 'guest list' link. It allows passengers to pay for lounge access with limo transfer etc.

Does Virgin Upper Class have free chauffeur? ›

If you've made an Upper Class reward booking with Virgin points it doesn't come with complimentary ground transfers, but you can add a chauffeur car to any destination in the UK or US within 75 driven miles from the airport with Virgin points.

What is the dress code for Virgin Atlantic Upper Class? ›

There is no dress code as such in UC (or any cabin). You have paid for the seat, you are fully entitled to wear what you are comfortable in, and jeans/trainers etc are all more than okay.

Can Virgin Upper Class use Delta lounge? ›

Our shared private lounge in Atlanta is provided for Upper Class passengers. Enjoy the same great levels of service in our partner airport lounges, which offer a private space, complimentary food and drink and anything else you need to relax before you fly. Upper Class passengers are welcome at the Delta Sky Club.

Do seat upgrades get cheaper closer to flight? ›

Usually, the closer it is to departure, the cheaper the upgrade discounts will get. That said, you have to find a balance somewhere in-between, because the closer it is to departure, the less likely it is that you'll be offered an upgrade.

What should you not wear on a plane? ›

What not to wear on a plane
  • Jewelry or bulky accessories. Metal will slow you down at security—it's one of the things more likely to get you flagged by the TSA. ...
  • Anything tight. ...
  • An uncomfortable bra. ...
  • Skimpy clothing. ...
  • Fragrance. ...
  • High heels, flip-flops and slides. ...
  • Fabrics that are flammable. ...
  • Bulky jackets.
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Can I drop my bags the night before with Virgin Atlantic? ›

You can check in from 24 hours before your flight, up to 70 minutes* before departure.

Do you get fast track with Virgin Upper Class? ›

Upper Class cabin

1 x 10kg hand luggage and 2 x 32kg checked bag. Fast track security. Exclusive access to Clubhouse. Priority boarding.

Is Virgin Atlantic high end? ›

Virgin Atlantic has a unique take on first-class luxury flights. The Upper Class experience across the Atlantic starts with the valet service at London Heathrow and continues through the rapid security. After unwinding in the Clubhouse, enjoy priority boarding to a seat with luxury amenities.

Can you take a handbag as well as hand luggage on Virgin Atlantic? ›

All tickets include hand baggage (max size 23 x 36 x 56cm or 9 x 14 x 22 inches) in addition to the normal stuff you'd carry with you, like your coat or handbag. Some things you can hand to us at the gate - like musical instruments and pushchairs.

Which seat on the plane is most comfortable? ›

Exit rows, aisle or window seats, and anywhere close to the front are typically considered the best seats on a plane.

How many bags can I take on Virgin Upper Class? ›

All Upper Class passengers can take up to two pieces of hand baggage per person, weighing up to 12kg (26lb) for one bag, or up to 16kg (35lb) combined weight. So for example, you could take a 12kg bag and another little bag of 4kg.

How much does it cost to upgrade to Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic? ›

Premium to Upper Class - 2,500 points per flight. Economy to Upper Class - 3,500 points per flight.

Does Virgin Upper Class have a bar? ›

The Bar. If you fancy a change of scenary mid-flight, our onboard bar is a great spot to meet up with colleagues and catch up with friends. The drinks are on us. The bar is available to customers flying Upper Class on our Airbus A330 and Boeing 787 aircraft.

Does Virgin Atlantic give free food? ›

Virgin Atlantic meals are included in the price of your ticket.

Does Virgin give free food? ›

Food and beverage

A variety of our customer favourite food and drinks will be available for purchase from our onboard menu. We're pleased to offer complimentary water, tea and coffee.

Is Virgin Upper Class first class or business class? ›

Virgin is the only airline to offer Upper Class, a combination of Business and First Class.

Can you wear jeans to an upscale restaurant? ›

Wearing jeans is more likely acceptable to laid-back establishments than a fine dining restaurant. So, avoid wearing tattered jeans when going to an upscale restaurant.

What do you wear to a BVI dinner? ›

Dress code in the BVI is casual (shorts and t-shirts) although the more exclusive restaurants will require a sundress for women and long pants/trousers with collared shirt for men.

Do you still have to wear a mask on Virgin Atlantic? ›

Customers may still be asked to wear a mask when boarding or disembarking flights, according to the regulations of the departure or arrival airport or destination country.

Who can use Virgin Upper Class lounge? ›

Lounge access: Passengers travelling in Virgin Atlantic Upper Class. Passengers travelling in Delta One* Delta SkyMiles Diamond and Platinum Medallion card holders*

Can I use Virgin lounge if flying Delta? ›

Virgin Atlantic's Lounge Program

This includes Delta's Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Medallion members, Virgin Australia's Velocity Gold and Platinum members, and Singapore Airlines' exclusive PPS and Solitaire PPS members, though access does vary based on the specific location.

Can Delta Sky Club members use Virgin Atlantic lounge? ›

Whether it's your next business trip or a long-awaited getaway, we are here to help you prepare so you know what to expect on your next flight. SkyMiles members earn and use miles when flying on Virgin Atlantic. Medallion Members can enjoy benefits such as priority services, lounge access and others.

Can you ask for a free seat upgrade? ›

If you have elite status with your airline, all you have to do is make sure to request a complimentary upgrade for your booking before your flight or as you're checking in (specific methods vary by airline). Upgrades are given out based on availability, and the list for those limited seats has a specific hierarchy.

Can you ask flight attendant to upgrade your seat? ›

Know When to Ask

Talk to a gate agent and let them know that you're interested in moving up. "Once onboard there isn't anything we can do as a flight attendant," Kamalani said of her airline. Gate agents will typically have a list of frequent fliers who are first eligible for upgrades.

Is it rude to ask for an upgrade on a flight? ›

Ask and you may receive. Flight upgrades are difficult to get and are even more impossible to attain if you don't ask for them in the first place. Simply and politely ask for one and remember to smile and be positive--flight attendants and employees won't take too kindly to any sense of entitlement you may give off.

What is the best outfit to wear on a plane? ›

Here are some tips for what to wear on a plane to travel in comfort and style.
  1. Wear Stretchy Pants. ...
  2. Choose a Relaxed Top. ...
  3. Dark Colors Are Easier to Travel In. ...
  4. Leggings are Ideal for Planes. ...
  5. Never Board a Plane Without a Scarf, Wrap, Jacket, or Cardigan. ...
  6. Ditch Your Heels. ...
  7. Closed Toe Slip-on is Best.
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What are the best pants to wear on a plane? ›

Joggers are the best pants for flights because they're as comfortable as sweatpants but look more stylish and refined. We love the Zella Live In jogger thanks to its technical fabric that wicks away moisture, breathes, and keeps you comfy wherever the day takes you.

What are 4 items you Cannot bring on an airplane? ›

Restricted Items NOT Allowed on a Plane in Your Carry-On
  • Sharp objects. ...
  • Sporting goods and athletic equipment. ...
  • Self defense items. ...
  • Gel-type candles. ...
  • Large quantities of alcohol (more than 3.4 ounces) ...
  • Guns and ammunition.
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Does Virgin Atlantic give blankets? ›

Some people travel with their own, but blankets are provided on every seat. Use eye masks and ear plugs: You need darkness to make you feel sleepy.

Do Virgin Atlantic still do Twilight check-in? ›

Passengers can check in for a Virgin Atlantic flight the night before departure, from 12pm to 9pm, to avoid the early morning check-in queues. Points to note: All members of the party travelling should go to the Twilight check-in.

Can you take a backpack and a carry-on virgin? ›

Carry-On Allowance: 1 Small Bag + 1 Personal Item

Maximum Dimensions: 23 cm x 34 cm x 48 cm (105 linear cm/41 in) Maximum Combined Carry-on Weight: 7 kg/15 lb.

Is it worth upgrading to Virgin Upper Class? ›

If you want to fly in ultimate luxury, it's definitely worth upgrading to Upper Class. While Premium class offers plenty of perks, Upper Class really goes to the next level.

Can you walk to Virgin Upper Class Wing? ›

The wing is for drop off only.

Does Virgin Atlantic Upper Class have pajamas? ›

Virgin Atlantic business class (often referred as “Upper Class”) passengers also receive complimentary pajamas on all overnight flights. This consists primarily of flights across the Atlantic, but also includes flights to Asia.

Does Virgin Atlantic have a good reputation? ›

This airline is rated amount the Top 10 carriers on Flight-Report. Frequent travelers give the airline an average rating of 8.2/10. This is slightly above the general average . Over the last 12 months the rating has been trending upwards.

Can I take 2 bags as hand luggage? ›

Baggage sizes and weight allowances for popular airlines. One personal bag no larger than 40x20x25cm. It must be able to fit under the seat in front of you. Add 'Priority & 2 Cabin Bags' to bring one personal bag, plus one 10kg cabin bag (55x40x20cm).

Can you out clothes in your hand luggage? ›

Can you put clothes in your personal items? Certainly, you can pack clothes in your personal items or carry-on bag.

Does ladies handbag count as hand luggage? ›

Additional personal items permitted to be carried as Cabin Baggage on Air India operated flights subject to Security Regulations. In addition to one piece of cabin baggage or package, you may also be permitted to carry one following personal item, subject to Security Regulations: A Lady's hand bag. An overcoat or wrap.

Is it better to sit over the wing or behind the wing? ›

We can thank physics and the wonders of aeronautical engineering. “The smoothest place to sit is over the wings, nearest to the plane's centers of lift and gravity,” explained Patrick Smith on the Ask the Pilot site.

Which seat is quietest on plane? ›

The front of the plane is the least noisy over the course of the flight, explains Kochan. "If you cannot afford a business class ticket then I would recommend sitting in the centre of the aircraft [in front of] the wing, for example.

What seat feels the most turbulence? ›

“The roughest spot is usually the far aft. In the rearmost rows, closest to the tail, the knocking and swaying is more pronounced,” Smith added. The impact of turbulence is also felt less at the front of the plane because it's beyond the centre of gravity on the aircraft.

What's it like to be in Virgin Upper Class? ›

Virgin Upper Class passengers enjoy four-course meals with fine wines and cheeses. After take-off, social areas such as the Loft or the Bar even allow passengers to interact. In-flight entertainment, lay-flat seats, and premium linen round out the first-class treatment.

Is Virgin Atlantic Upper Class the same as business class? ›

The airline's Business Class cabin (designated as 'Upper Class') boasts a brand new seat, evolution of its iconic social space (The Loft) and the unveiling of The Retreat Suite, the most spacious suite in Virgin Atlantic's history (which feels more like First Class than Business Class).

Does Upper Class mean rich? ›

The term upper class refers to a group of individuals who occupy the highest place and status in society. These people are considered the wealthiest, lying above the working and middle class in the social hierarchy.

Is Virgin Upper Class better than BA business class? ›

There is very little difference between the two offerings. Although they work slightly differently, even on a longer flight, both airlines offer enough to keep even the most fastidious entertained. The cost of WIFI is much the same for the two airlines but where Virgin wins is with the addition of the bar.

Is it cheaper to upgrade after buying ticket? ›

The cheapest way to get a business or first-class ticket is to buy an economy ticket then buy an upgrade. You can either do this immediately after booking or look for last-minute upgrades as your travel date approaches. The price for premium cabin fares decreases as you get closer to departure.

Does Virgin Atlantic offer last minute upgrades? ›

Virgin Atlantic does usually release some additional redemption and upgrade availability at the last minute, so if there are no upgrades available when you first search, it can be worth checking again a few days before the flight departs.

Do Virgin ever give free upgrades? ›

Re: Virgin Atlantic from Gatwick - Free Upgrades? The only chance of being upgraded is if economy is over booked. VA will then check if any economy passengers are flying club members. If so, they will be upgraded first.

What card gets you into the Delta lounge? ›

Delta SkyMiles Platinum Card Members have access to the Delta Sky Club exclusive per-visit rate of $39 per person when traveling on a same-day Delta or Delta partner airline flight. Effective February 2, 2023, a per-visit rate of $50 per person per location will apply.


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