Back in May, we noticed that Virgin Atlantic had removed the helpful price calendar search from its website. And that stunk.
Virgin points can be an incredibly valuable way to book flights whether you're hoping to fly Delta One across the pond or book economy awards to Europe. But without the ability to pull up a month's worth of flights, it's much harder to find those sweet spots and book. A spokesperson told us the removal of that calendar was temporary … but two months later, the option is still nowhere to be found. But it still exists!
As first discovered by Frequent Miler a few weeks back, Virgin Atlantic didn't exactly remove this functionality from its search tool: it's simply hidden from plain sight. There's a simple workaround to see the price calendar on Virgin's site.
The Trick to See the Virgin Atlantic Monthly Award Calendar
First, start searching as you normally would on Virgin's booking page and expand the “Advanced search” settings. If you're searching for award travel, it will be easiest to find award availability by searching one way at a time. Make sure you choose to show the price in “Points,” the “show flexible dates” box is checked, and select the total number of passengers traveling. Looking for business class seats? Choose “Upper Class.”
If there is at least one date available within three days before or after the exact date you're searching, you'll get a one-week view of available dates. If there is nothing available that week, you'll get an error message and will need to try searching for a different week.
From this screen, you used to be able to click on text that said “Price Calendar” next to the “Flexible Dates” text in order to view fares over a monthly calendar. That's gone now. Instead, you can simply edit the URL in the address bar at the top of your browser. Look for the words “flexible-dates” in the address bar.
You'll just need to replace the word “dates” with “calendar” to get the Price Calendar to pull up. Simply type this in and hit enter or return on your keyboard. You can then easily navigate between months by using the arrows on the sides.
If you end up navigating to a month where there is no availability throughout the entire month, you'll be brought back to the search page with a highlighted message at the top stating “Sorry, no reward flights are available for your search …” This means you'll either need to adjust your search parameters or try different dates. It's the same message you'll get if there was nothing available within one week of your initial search.
Don't let this deter you from searching for availability in other weeks or months. If you're able to find availability, you can book Delta One business class seats to Europe for just 50,000 points and $5.60 one-way!
Read more: How to Book Delta Flights with Points and Miles
Virgin Atlantic has made it harder to search for award space on a monthly calendar. However, by using this workaround to simply edit the URL, you'll still be able to pull up Virgin's price calendar when searching for availability.
Wow – you guys are amazing. Thanks for such a detailed overview and tutorial Peter!!! This is why I love Thrifty Traveller sooooo much.
I have also been hunting and pecking the Virgin Atlantic website for the past 2 months with labor intensive trial and error to find 30K point RT flights MSP to Europe.
Thanks to TT team, we are booked for a terrific trip to Portugal in November and to French Riviera in May (EACH for 24K POINTS ROUND TRIP with the 30% Chase transfer bonus – SERIOUSLY this is so amazing. I’ve spent more to fly to Madison, WI …ha ha. Our Minneapolis to Montpellier and back home out of Nice France trip priced out at approx. $1,300).
Keep up the great work,
p.s. If there is ever any tips or tricks to researching good hotel deals or even possible Mistake hotel rates – that is something I would love to hear more about. i.e. we found an All Inclusive Marriott PV deal where the All Inclusive rate for an Oceanview room was $140 per night but the lower level room priced out at $225 /nt. without AI. Might be too specific or narrow of an appeal but just wanted to give you my two cents.
I’m finding good points deal this way but additional cash is not $5.60 but close to $800 per one way.
If you’re seeing flights with ~$800 in taxes & fees, those are for Virgin Atlantic-operated flights. While Virgin has some great award rates to fly its own aircraft, the taxes and fees required make it a bad deal. It’s harder to find Delta-operated flights, but when you do, those will be priced at 50,000 points plus just $5.60 in fees one-way for Delta One business class to Europe. Hope that helps!