Virgin travel voucher query

Old Mar 1, 23, 10:53 am
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Virgin travel voucher query

Forgive me if this has been asked already (I am new). I have a voucher issued by Virgin Atlantic during the pandemic for flights for my family of four, to the USA. I was told that as long as there were travel restrictions in place, the voucher expiration would continue to be extended. It currently expires in December this year. There is still a requirement in place for visitors to the states to have been vaccinated, thus excluding us from travel. Our original flights were booked for Florida. I have been told that we either have to book for another destination- which we donít want- or wait and see if restrictions are lifted. Alternatively, lose the thousands of pounds paid for the first class flights! Does anyone have any advice of how we can get a refund please? We can not afford to lose this much money and still can not legally enter the country. Many thanks
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Old Mar 1, 23, 5:22 pm
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Doesn't Virgin Atlantic fly to places other than the US? Could you use the voucher for those flights?
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Old Mar 2, 23, 12:43 am
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Originally Posted by angetenar View Post
Doesn't Virgin Atlantic fly to places other than the US? Could you use the voucher for those flights?
Morning, yes they do but we donít want to go anywhere else and feel aggrieved that our original destination of choice is unavailable to us. I donít want to waste the voucher on simply just using it up and not visiting our destination of choice. Thanks.
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Old Mar 2, 23, 1:06 am
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This is a difficult one for you, and I sympathise.

I have no idea why you aren't vaccinated - whether by choice, medical or other reasons; but it isn't Virgin Atlantic who are stopping you going to the USA, it is the US Government.

If your reasons for non-vaccination are other than by choice, could you investigate an insurance claim?

I read recently, that both VS and BA have thousands of unused vouchers, worth millions of pounds, that could expire - maybe there will be some solution offered by the airlines for everyone who has paid out a LOT of money and faces losing it all?

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Old Mar 2, 23, 7:52 am
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I had a separate issue with Virgin where the terms of their voucher policy appears to be "use it or lose it" in terms of value. I had a voucher for myself and my girlfriend worth £2,000. I was told by Virgin that if I booked flights worth £1,500 I would just lose the additional £500 which seems very unfair to me. Other airlines (e.g. BA) give you a voucher for the total and you can chip away at it until you've used the full credit. Not with Virgin it seems - their response to my query questioning this policy is below

"It goes without saying how sorry I am to learn that you’ve been left feeling so let down by our policy relating to the use of travel vouchers. I assure you it would never be our intention to cause any upset.

Our Customer Services department are best placed to deal with your query as they will be able to look at options to try and utilise the full cost of the voucher. This could mean looking to upgrade you to our Premium cabin if Upper Class is more than the value of the voucher.

I can see that you're unhappy with the policy. While we can't change this, you can be sure that your concerns have been taken into consideration and will be helpful in making changes in the future."


So basically I'm left looking to find a flight for as close to £2,000 as I can even if it involves travelling in say premium economy which I personally don't see the value of paying the extra compared to economy - and it is no-where near enough for 2 x upper class tickets.
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Old Mar 12, 23, 5:24 am
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I have a similar issue, a ticket booked and turned into a voucher (flights were going but as it was TLV I was not going to be allowed entry as a non citizen) at my request the voucher was issued as I bowed to the inevitability. I am unlikely to use it as the winter season flight times are awkward and I am unlikely to want to fly during the summer period.
Has anyone used a voucher, paid extra to turn it into a fully refundable ticket then cancelled to receive the full cash refund?
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Old Mar 12, 23, 4:48 pm
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Originally Posted by davidcamp6 View Post

Has anyone used a voucher, paid extra to turn it into a fully refundable ticket then cancelled to receive the full cash refund?
I donít believe thats possible.

It never worked in the past when people thought the same but with revenue bookings. The answer was that the ticket retained the original, as booked, ticket and fare rules.
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Old Mar 13, 23, 2:33 am
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Originally Posted by UKtravelbear View Post
I donít believe thats possible.

It never worked in the past when people thought the same but with revenue bookings. The answer was that the ticket retained the original, as booked, ticket and fare rules.
Thank you, I appreciate your input
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