NEWS & OFFERS: Aer Lingus £200 off, Emirates new business class routes and new Virgin Points options

NEWS & OFFERS: Aer Lingus £200 off, Emirates new business class routes and new Virgin Points options

NEWS & OFFERS: Aer Lingus £200 off, Emirates new business class routes and new Virgin Points options

Aer Lingus £200 off

Aer Lingus has started a 4th of July sale with £100 off return transatlantic flights direct from Manchester and £200 off return Business Class fares.  This applies to flights to New York, Orlando, and Barbados when you book by 8 July 2024. I recently flew Aer Lingus transatlantic and was impressed by my experience.

You can find the sale page here.


Emirates new B777 business class routes

Emirates has unveiled the first cities on its network to be served with its newest Boeing 777 cabin interiors. The airline plans to introduce its refurbished B777s to Geneva, Tokyo Haneda and Brussels, offering customers the airline’s Premium Economy on this aircraft, and for the first time Emirates’ next generation Business Class seats, set in a new 1-2-1 configuration.

Emirates flights on the refreshed Boeing 777 to Geneva, Tokyo Haneda and Brussels are on sale and can be booked on, the Emirates App or via travel agents. 

Adnan Kazim, Deputy President and Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates Airline said: “With the addition of the newly retrofitted Boeing 777s to our fleet, we’re capturing the opportunity to introduce our highly acclaimed products like Premium Economy to more cities already served by this aircraft type in our network, in addition to more seating variety in four classes.”

He added: “Borrowing inspiration from our flagship A380 in every cabin, our Boeing 777 with revamped interiors boast the very best in customer comfort and will feature modern design details and signature cabin finishings, with a new Business Class cabin that provides more privacy for our customers, in addition to other thoughtful touches that underscore our exceptional value proposition. Our investment and intense focus on offering the best possible product across every cabin class also ensures we provide a consistent experience on both the Boeing 777s and A380s.”

The first upgraded Emirates Boeing 777 products will operate on the following services:

  • EK 83/84 to and from Geneva from 11 August*
  • EK 312/313 to and from Tokyo Haneda from 1 September*
  • EK 183/184 to and from Brussels from 11 September*

Starting from 1 July, the first Emirates Boeing 777 will undergo a nose-to-tail cabin interior facelift, which will take approximately two weeks before the aircraft goes back into service. Plans include refurbishing the First Class cabin, installing 38 new Business Class seats in an updated 1-2-1 seating configuration, 24 of the latest Premium Economy seats, and 256 Economy Class seats.

All Business Class seats on the newly refurbished Boeing 777 focus on privacy and greater comfort, converting to a comfortable flat bed, with 20.7 inch wide seats, pitched up to 44 inches apart. The staggered seating arrangement ensures aisle access for every seat, with direct entry and exit for customers. The seat is accentuated with a touch screen seat controller for in-flight entertainment and seat operation, a personal 23-inch HD screen in addition to a personal mini-bar, a large table, and ample stowage for personal devices, charging outlets and much more.  The Boeing 777 Business Class cabin will also include a small bar for customers to quickly grab mid-flight snacks and refreshments.

In total, 81 Boeing 777s will be refurbished as part of Emirates’ investment in its retrofit programme, and more destinations to be served with the airline’s latest products will be announced over the course of the next few months. The airline has earmarked 191 aircraft for a full revamp as part of the largest known retrofit programme in the industry, an investment of over US$3 billion.


Virgin Points new spending and earning optionsVirgin Points (002)

For a limited time, Virgin Red has teamed up with Virgin Experience Days to offer members the chance to spend Virgin Points on trips to LEGOLAND, Thorpe Park and Alton Towers between 1 July and 31 July 2024 – with the tickets valid well into the autumn.  

The offers are: 

LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort Visit for four 

  • 25,000 Virgin Points  
  • Voucher valid until 3 November 2024 
  • Four people  


Thorpe Park Visit for four 

  • 22,500 Virgin Points 
  • Voucher valid until 25 October 2024, excluding Fright Nights 
  • Four people 


Alton Towers Resort Visit for four 

  • 22,500 Virgin Points 
  • Voucher valid until 10 November 2024 
  • Four people 


Virgin has also announced that has announced that bookings will are now live for Virgin Hotels London-Shoreditch, the brand’s first London location, due to open on 1st August 2024.

Guests who book directly with Virgin Hotels can also benefit from luxury perks and a personalised experience by simply signing up to The Know, Virgin Hotels’ loyalty and preferences programme, granting them access to room upgrades, member rate discounts, special events and dining offers, as well as a complimentary daily cocktail hour.

Members of The Know can sign up and link their account to Virgin Red, the rewards club from Virgin, to start earning points on bookings at Virgin Hotels London-Shoreditch from today. Guests will earn seven Virgin Points for every £1 spent on nightly room rates. From October, Virgin Red customers will also be able to redeem Virgin Points in exchange for stays at Virgin Hotels London-Shoreditch.

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