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Optional service fees

Generally speaking, you'll find that many of the "extras" like meals and drinks are complimentary. Virgin Atlantic does charge extra for some optional services however, which are listed here.


Additional Baggage

You can pay to check in up to 10 extra bags (weighing up to 23kg each) per person over and above your Free Baggage Allowance.

Buy your additional baggage allowance online through Manage Your Booking and avoid higher charges at the airport. (For flights operated by Virgin Atlantic only):

 

Extra Baggage Fees

Online Airport
1st extra bag GBP 55/USD 85/CAD 85
GBP 65/USD 100/CAD 100
2nd and subsequent bags GBP 120/USD 170/CAD 170
GBP 140/USD 200/CAD 200
Overweight (23-32kg) Not available GBP 40/USD 60/CAD 60
Oversized bags Not available GBP 40/USD 60/CAD 60

For passengers departing India, an additional 4.944% tax will be payable on excess baggage charges.

Extra baggage charges - Little Red (UK Domestic)

Quantity Online At the airport
1st extra bag GBP 34/USD 51
GBP 40/USD 60
2nd extra and subsequent bags GBP 34/USD 51 GBP 40/USD 60
Overweight bags (23 - 32Kg) Not available GBP 40/USD 60
Oversized bags Not available GBP 40/USD 60

For passengers departing India, an additional 4.944% tax will be payable on excess baggage charges.

Virgin Atlantic Little Red flights are operated by Aer Lingus.

  • The British Pound (GBP) charges quoted above apply to all departures from the UK. For US departures, the US Dollar (USD) charge will be applied. For flights departing from Canada, the Canadian Dollar (CAD) charge is applicable. For departures elsewhere, the US Dollar charge will be converted into the local currency.
  • Any bags weighing over 32kg will not be accepted.
  • Sports Equipment - You can bring one piece of sports equipment onto your Virgin Atlantic flight at no extra charge, in addition to your free baggage allowance. For any extra bags, you will be charged as per the table above. If it is overweight, you will accrue charges both for an extra bag and an overweight bag.
  • If a bag is overweight and also oversize, then both the charges shown above will apply.
  • Extra baggage cannot be purchased for infants.
  • You'll need to purchase your extra baggage at the airport if you have a connecting flight operated by a different airline.
  • Any excess baggage purchased is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • If you want to take more than 10 bags with you on your trip, you should contact our friends at Virgin Atlantic Cargo - they’ll be happy to help.

More on our baggage policy

Code share airlines

To US Destinations

NOTE: If you are travelling on a VS* codeshare flight connecting to or from the US (operated by one of our partner airlines), then as the marketing carrier, Virgin Atlantic's baggage allowance applies.
For any additional baggage and additional sporting equipment, Virgin Atlantic's charges also apply (See the additional baggage table above).

To all other Destinations:

NOTE: If you are travelling on a VS* codeshare flight to a destination other than the US (operated by one of our partner airlines) there may be different allowances and fees based on the operating airline’s own policies.

Please check with the operating airline to determine its charges.


Advanced seat assignment

We know how important choosing your seat is to you, and we want to make sure that the seat you choose is the seat you sit in.

On selected flights from 1 April 2014 passengers in our Economy cabin may choose their seats free of charge at check in or pay to choose them in advance. We'll be rolling this out on a route by route basis.

Advance seat allocation is free of charge for our Flying Club Gold members, for passengers travelling in Upper Class, Premium Economy and for Economy passengers on fully flexible tickets (these are tickets in fare class Y). Other passengers travelling in the Economy cabin need to pay to select seats if they want to choose them in advance of the 24 hour on line check in window.

The cost to assign a seat will be from £25 per person per flight (£50 per round trip) on our long haul flights. There is no charge to assign seats in advance on Virgin Atlantic Little Red.

Find out more about selecting your seat.


Exit row seats in Economy

Stretch out with no seats directly in front of you. All offered on a first come first serve basis. Subject to availability and are not available to children under the age of 16.

You can purchase an exit row seat from GBP40/USD60/ZAR525 to GBP 115/USD180/ZAR1505

  • There is an additional document issuing fee in Dubai of between AED 25 - 30 made by the handling agent.
  • For departures elsewhere, when purchased at the Airport the British Pound charge will be converted into the local currency.
  • These seats are allocated under Civil Aviation Authority rules and our General Conditions of Carriage. In the event of a medical emergency you may need to move seat, in which case a full refund will be given.
  • Exit row seats to Tokyo can only be booked through our contact center.
  • Exit row seats to Sydney can only be purchased at the airport.
  • These prices could fluctuate due to exchange rates.


Extra Leg Room Seats in Economy

The Extra Leg Room seats offers up to 3 inches of additional legroom than that of our standard Economy seat. On aircraft where Extra Leg Room seats have been fitted, these seats are available for purchase at an additional cost.They are available when you check-in at the airport on the day you travel, or by calling our Contact Centre on 0844 209 7777 up to 48 hours before you travel. Subject to availability.

You can purchase an extra leg room seat in Economy from GBP20/USD30/ZAR260 TO GBP50/USD80/ZAR655

* Extra legroom seats for Narita will be £20/$30 if you call the contact centre.

  • For departures elsewhere, when purchased at the Airport the British Pound charge will be converted into the local currency.
  • These seats are allocated under Civil Aviation Authority rules and our General Conditions of Carriage. In the event of a medical emergency you may need to move seat, in which case a full refund will be given.
  • Extra legroom seats to Tokyo can only be booked through our contact centre.
  • Extra legroom seats to Sydney can only be purchased at the airport.
  • These prices could fluctuate due to exchange rates.
  • Find out more on Extra Leg Room and Exit Row Seats.

Find out more on Extra Leg Room and Exit Row Seats.

Seat Plus in Economy

Seat Plus purchased on Virgin Atlantic flights offers an enhanced travel experience in the Economy Cabin. The Seat Plus option will allow you to have an extra seat(s) to increase your on-board space and reserve a whole seat section for you or your travelling party. Seat Plus is available by calling our Contact Centre on 0844 209 7777 up to 72 hours before you travel. Subject to availability.

  • You can purchase Seat Plus in Economy from GBP60/USD99 TO GBP199/USD320
  • Seat Plus can be only be booked and purchased through our Contact Centre
  • These seats are allocated under Civil Aviation Authority rules and our General Conditions of Carriage. In the event of a medical emergency you may need to move seat, in which case a full refund will be given
  • These prices could fluctuate due to exchange rates


Fare Locker

When booking through a Virgin Atlantic Contact Centre, customers can hold the fare and flight availability for up to 3 days. For bookings held beyond 24 hours, Virgin Atlantic charges a Fare Locker fee, which depends on your location. If you are in the UK the fee is GBP10, USD16 in the US. For more information please contact us on 0844 209 7777 (UK) or 1 800 862 8621 (US).

Additionally, when you purchase a ticket from us one week or more prior to a flight's scheduled departure date. we allow you 24 hours to cancel your ticket without penalty.


Paper Tickets

Virgin Atlantic issues e-tickets for most bookings. If you wish to have a paper ticket sent when an e-ticket can be issued you will be charged a fee depending on your location. If you are in the UK the fee is GBP25, USD50 in the US, AED100 in Dubai. Contact Us for more on paper ticket fees.


Date Changes

You may cancel your booking without penalty within 24 hours of making your reservation. Please call the contact centre to cancel your booking.

If you have a flexible or semi-flexible ticket you can change the date outside of this timeframe. Fees vary so you should contact your travel agent or our contact centre for specific information.

If you are due to travel within 7 days of making your booking, you may incur a date change fee.


Credit card fees

For flights departing from the UK, Virgin Atlantic applies a 1.5% fee to account for the cost charged to the airline when you pay by credit card. The fee is refundable on tickets that permit a refund of the fare.


Upgrades

Charges also apply for upgrades, which vary in price per cabin and can fluctuate at any time, depending on market conditions:

Upgrades from Economy to Premium Economy:
Between £10 and £2500 - $10 and $2500

Upgrades from Premium Economy to Upper Class:
Between £10 and £3000 - $10 and $3000

Upgrades from Economy to Upper Class:
Between £10 and £5000 - $10 and $5000


Guest List

The Guest List package offers passengers an enhanced travel experience. The package includes:

  1. Chauffeur driven car to and/or from the airport (any journey within 75 miles of London Gatwick or London Heathrow only)
  2. Upper Class check in at London Gatwick or London Heathrow - including baggage tagged as Upper Class.
  3. Priority security using our premium security lane at London Gatwick or the Upper Class wing at London Heathrow.
  4. Clubhouse access at London Gatwick or London Heathrow, with leisurely boarding starting 50 minutes before flight departure.

Prices for the guest list package:

 

  Selling price (£GBP)   Selling price ($USD)  
Number of passengers 1 car journey 2 car journeys 1 car journey 2 car journeys
1 240 400 384 640
2 340 500 544 800
3 440 600 704 960
4 680 1,000 1,088 1,600
5 780 1,100 1,248 1,760
6 880 1,200 1,408 1,920
7 1,120 1,600 1,792 2,560
8 1,220 1,700 1,952 2,720
9 1,320 1,800 2,112 2,880

The Guest List package is only available when travelling between London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Boston, New York (Newark and JFK), San Francisco and Washington.

Please note: If you initially book a package for e.g. two people for two car rides costing £500, and then you are unable to travel together, further costs will be payable if you need to split your journey, and both still require the Guest List.

For example:

2 people travelling together and requiring 2 car rides = £500
2 people then splitting their booking and travelling separately = 2 x £400 = £800
In this example you will be charged an additional £300