Family flights using miles

Old Feb 17, 19, 1:20 am
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Family flights using miles

Hi all

Please accept my apologies if this has been posted before but Iíve done a quick search and couldnít find anything

I have always used emirates miles but since they have stopped using their credit cards to gain points Iíve switched cards to a virgin points card.
We used to save up our miles and then use them to upgrade (if available) 48hours before departure to business.

Currently I have 45k miles and Iím racking up around 20-25k per month.

We have booked a family family holiday for 2020 to Florida and Iím taking my parents aswell as the Me the mrs and the 2 children.
When we come to book the flights I will have accumulated approximately 150k miles and when we actually travel we would have approximately 400k miles.

Im looking for your expert advice on how best it would be to use these. Ideally Iíd like to use them for an upgrade to upper class but not sure if this is possible.

Many thanks in advance.
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Old Feb 17, 19, 1:42 am
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Welcome to the Virgin Atlantic board.

Your biggest issue with this strategy is going to be availability.
Reward seats - especially in Premium cabins to MCO, whilst not impossible to acquire, are very difficult. If you factor into this your ambition to get more than one on the same flight; and then the fact I am guessing you will be looking around school holiday times both of which make availability rarer then in am not confident you will be successful.

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Old Feb 17, 19, 1:54 am
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Six people in UC on a flight to MCO in school holiday time is pretty much impossible.
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Old Feb 17, 19, 2:07 am
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Morning all

thanks for your prompt reply.

Unfortunatley its itís the week before may half term and the week of may half term so yes itís around the school holidays. So have you any ideas what the best option is for me then?
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Old Feb 17, 19, 2:33 am
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Originally Posted by sow40 View Post
.................So have you any ideas what the best option is for me then?

For the flights you have already booked in 2020, you can keep looking for upgrade availability. Upgrades to UC are booked into the G bucket, which is the same as straight redemption seats.

I don't have great knowledge of the subtleties and art of getting points upgrades, as I have never done it - I always book straight Gs.

For the future, unfortunately - the best way to use miles to Florida for multiple pax on the same plane will be to go indirect. The New York area airports offer the most flights and therefore the most Gs, but Atlanta, or the other East Coast airports may be an option.

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Old Feb 17, 19, 3:55 am
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I am a little confused because you say Ďwe have bookedí and also Ďwhen we come to book ...í

if you have not yet booked then an option to consider is splitting your party over a couple of flights to MCO as VS operates 2 flights per day from LGW on some days of the week. Also depending on your location MANchester could come into play as again on some days it has 2 flights per day. In both cases only a couple of hours between departure times.


And MIA from LHR could also,be possible given that it has a larger UC cabin with 30+ seats compared to the 747s thatnflynto MCO which only have 14;seats

and is flying on different days an option? So 4 of you fly on say Tuesday and the parentals on Wednesday?

the key to getting more than a couple of reward seats to MCO is to be extreamly flexible
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Old Feb 17, 19, 3:16 pm
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Hi sorry I should have made myself a bit clearer
we havenít booked any flights as yet but are dates are fixed (long story) we have to fly out 16th may 2020 and fly back 30th may 2020. We can fly from Manchester or Birmingham.

We we would all need to fly together.
So if UC is out of the question will PE be an option?
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Old Feb 17, 19, 11:13 pm
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Difficult to say. You’ll just have to keep looking (every day), but even then I don’t think you’ll have six seats released at once. The fact that your travel dates are fixed and you have to fly together means this is a long shot unlikely to work out. Not much you can do anyway until about June this year.
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Old Feb 18, 19, 4:24 am
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Are you willing to split your party between cabins? I agree with all other posters 6 in UC on fixed travel dates is very unlikely.

My recommendation would be such book the economy classic flights you plan need now with $ that why at least you know you're going. Use expertflyer.com every day (or set alerts) to check availability in P or G classes, every time one of those seats becomes available you call in and upgrade that member of your party into that seat. Rinse and repeat up until flight day and was you earn miles.
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Old Feb 18, 19, 3:11 pm
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Cheers for the heads up. I like the idea of me and the mrs in uc and my parents with the kids in eco 😂😂 letís see what happens nearer the time. Iíll keep you all posted
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I did get 5 seats in PE for my trip to Florida in October last year. That was from/to Manchester. A quick look on rewardflightfinder shows loads of dates this year with 6 seats in PE and 2 dates with 6 seats in UC.
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Old Feb 21, 19, 11:13 am
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I did get 5 seats in PE for my trip to Florida in October last year. That was from/to Manchester. A quick look on rewardflightfinder shows loads of dates this year with 6 seats in PE and 2 dates with 6 seats in UC.
How about on the specific dates the OP requires?
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Old Feb 22, 19, 1:16 pm
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How about on the specific dates the OP requires?
May 2020 isnít on sale yet, you can book that far ahead with Virgin Holidays but not flight only. May 2020 wonít be on sale until June.
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Old Mar 2, 19, 1:45 am
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Nothing helpful to add but I'm grateful to find this thread - we are also planning an Orlando trip in May 2020 (half term and the week after) for family of 4 and I was hoping I would be able to upgrade at least one way to UC with our 160k miles but now thinking I may need to rethink! I have never considered indirect flights but it sounds like I need to do more research!
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