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Flights to GRU - now Postponed till 'May 2025' (Master thread)

Flights to GRU - now Postponed till 'May 2025' (Master thread)

Old Aug 7, 2023, 6:41 am
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Flights to GRU - now Postponed till 'May 2025' (Master thread)

Does anyone know when I might be able to book a flight on points to GRU? All I can find is 'August'. Cash flights have been bookable for ages, what are they waiting for?
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Old Aug 7, 2023, 12:25 pm
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GRU is still to be added to the drop down menu in the Rewards Seat Checker - https://travelplus.virginatlantic.co...-flight-finder

Maybe testing the waters to see how many revenue flights they sell?

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Old Aug 7, 2023, 3:59 pm
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Originally Posted by Carps78
Does anyone know when I might be able to book a flight on points to GRU? All I can find is 'August'. Cash flights have been bookable for ages, what are they waiting for?
I am not seeing any cash fares for GRU on sale yet for flights operated by VS, only codeshares operated by Latam. What date have you seen for cash fares for flights operated by VS?
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Old Aug 8, 2023, 1:09 am
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Originally Posted by haroon145
I am not seeing any cash fares for GRU on sale yet for flights operated by VS, only codeshares operated by Latam. What date have you seen for cash fares for flights operated by VS?

I've just looked and they aren't there you're right. I am absolutely sure that on a day last week they were. They weren't the direct LAMTAM ones, they said 'Operated by Virgin Atlantic'. Either that or I am going totally mad. I'd bet my house on it though. I checked loads of times. Oh well, I guess it is a waiting game.
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Old Aug 13, 2023, 8:00 am
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Flights to Mauritius

Hi just heard that Virgin will commence flights to Mauritius on October 31. Any idea when these flights will be available to book, am looking at travelling end of November
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Old Aug 13, 2023, 10:53 am
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Originally Posted by fdem
Hi just heard that Virgin will commence flights to Mauritius on October 31. Any idea when these flights will be available to book, am looking at travelling end of November
w here did you hear this? Ive seen announcers should Maldives but not Mauritius
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Old Aug 14, 2023, 2:56 am
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Head for points, they are normally quite accurate
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Old Aug 17, 2023, 6:39 am
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Originally Posted by haroon145
w here did you hear this? Ive seen announcers should Maldives but not Mauritius
apologies, think I was seeing an old Google post going back to 2008!
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Old Aug 31, 2023, 7:47 am
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Looks like flights to GRU on VS metal will be bookable starting September 6th (hopefully that's also for award flights). Inaugural flight confirmed for May 13th, 2024.

https://corporate.virginatlantic.com...september.html
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Old Nov 11, 2023, 2:54 pm
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I can't seem to see any availability at 331 days released on GRU-LHR. Revenue flights are available, but nothing in any class for redemptions. I thought there was a guaranteed set of seats being released.
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Old Nov 14, 2023, 6:51 am
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Indeed. This is very odd. Zero availability, all classes, all dates!

My guess is this is a protection against the mileage brokers (who are a plague in Brazil). But this is just a guess.

I wonder if awards can be issued over the phone.
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Old Nov 15, 2023, 10:01 am
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Just called VS, the agent didn't see any availability for awards either. He did mention that this is very odd, but he has no information as to why that is the case ...
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Old Nov 16, 2023, 5:57 am
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Postponed for a year. https://www.headforpoints.com/2023/1...or-a-2nd-time/
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Old Nov 18, 2023, 11:35 am
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Originally Posted by mrdini
Very disappointing. Any insight as to why?
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