Act Fast: Amazing Award Availability on Virgin Atlantic’s New Mumbai Route

May 28, 2019

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After ceasing service in 2015, Virgin Atlantic has green-lit an autumn 2019 return to Mumbai from London–Heathrow. Beginning now, you can book a ticket aboard VA’s Boeing 787-9, which will operate a daily 4,500-mile trek between London and Mumbai from Oct. 27, 2019 onward. It appears that award availability is wide open, with the cheapest saver level business class availability showing across a multitude of dates.

Virgin Atlantic (effective Oct. 27, 2019) Departure Time Arrival Time Scheduled Flight Time
London (LHR) to Mumbai (BOM) 10:15 AM 12:40 AM (+1 Day) 8:55 Hours
Mumbai (BOM) to London (LHR) 2:55 PM 7:35 PM 10:10 Hours

Virgin Atlantic’s service will begin in October and be flown by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner featuring Economy (192 seats), Premium (35 seats) and Upper Class (31 seats).

Virgin Atlantic 787-9
Virgin Atlantic’s 787-9 Dreamliner will operate the London to Mumbai route (Photo by Nicky Kelvin / The Points Guy)

Booking an award seat

If you can swallow the lofty taxes/fees of £373 (nearly $472), booking through Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club program is your best bet. Upper Class seats can be widely found for 37,500 miles one-way. There is excellent availability most days, with many days having up to four Upper Class seats available, meaning you can take the whole family to India in comfort.

Meanwhile, booking the exact same seat on the same day through Delta.com will see you shelling out 75,000 SkyMiles along with the same £373 in taxes/fees, so using Flying Club miles is the better option here.

If you’re willing to make the trip in a tighter space, you can find sporadic economy and premium economy award space through VA’s Flying Club booking portal. The former will run you 10,000 miles one-way (plus £174 in taxes/fees), while the latter costs 17,500 miles one-way (plus £320 in taxes/fees).

You can read our complete guide to Flying Club here.

Additional reporting by Darren Murph; featured image by Nicky Kelvin / The Points Guy.

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