The price might seem familiar to some of our readers. That’s because we’ve been promoting a similar deal with British Airways for a couple of weeks now. But while you won’t have to pay more, this offer might get you a better travel experience, since some travelers could favor Virgin Atlantic‘s business class product. You can book your ticket at prices starting around €1,268.
Virgin Atlantic’s business class comes with access to the so-called Upper-Class wing in London Heathrow. Definitely, a nice add-on if you’ve never been there. Avaiability is good until June 2020.
Your trip will include a layover in London Heathrow. The first segment will be operated by Virgin’s partner Iberia. The UK airline will take over and fly you to Shanghai on board a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. To get a better idea – and to be able to compare the offer to British Airways – you might want to check out the following review:
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The fare rules state that tickets for this deal will be sold until January 31st, 2020. The offer is valid for trips until June 2020. We’ve been able to find quite a few available connections until then.
The minimum stay requirements are only for a night from Saturday to Sunday, alternatively five days. But you can also stay a little longer: 12 months is what the airlines will allow if you want to benefit from the fare.
You can use Google flights (instructions) to find available and discounted seats. But you might run into the British Airways offer several times. So just keep your eyes open for the Virgin Atlantic flights. They depart mainly between Tuesday and Friday. Once you’ve settled for dates, visit the carrier’s website or our Travel dealz flight search for booking.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
All tickets will be issued in booking class Z. While Virgin Atlantic is not a member of one of the big alliances, you can still earn up to 200% of the distance miles with some of the carrier’s partners. Here’s what you can expect for the trip:
- 22,960 on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 22,960 on Delta SkyMiles
- 17,220 on Virgin Australia Velocity
- 17,220 on Hawaiian Airlines
- 14,350 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 14,350 on South African Voyager
- 14,350 on ANA Mileage Club
Information & Tips for Shanghai
Shanghai is the most important financial and commercial center of China. But not only business travelers are welcome here. Also, regular tourists can get there money’s worth. And this is great because the city is connected to many major airports and therfor we’ll often present you with good deals for flights to Shanghai.
Best Time to Visit
Since Shanghai is located in a subtropical climate zone, spring and autumn are the best travel times thanks to moderate temperatures and a few rainy days. April, May, September, and October are particularly suitable for a visit to the Chinese city thanks to the low rainfall and humidity.
From the airport to the city
Shanghai Pudong Airport is located 40km east of the city center. Probably the fastest and most exciting method is the Maglev. The magnetic levitation train takes only 7 minutes, and with costs of around 5€ it is also a rather inexpensive (and of course faster!) alternative to a taxi, which would cost about 20€.
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