Virgin Atlantic – $685 (Regular Economy) / $555 (Basic Economy): San Diego – Edinburgh, Scotland. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

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A good fare to Edinburgh.

The regular economy fare at $685 includes advance seat assignment, normal size carry-on and one checked bag.

The $555 fare is a Basic Economy fare that comes with restrictions. Virgin Atlantic Economy Light/Basic Economy fares:

  • Do not allow for advance seat assignment
  • Do not include checked bags (they are $60 each way)
  • Do not allow for changes
  • Do not allow for cancellations. If you cancel after the 24-hour risk free period, the Basic Economy version will have no value for future purchase

Most online travel agencies are not displaying Virgin Atlantic Basic Economy/Economy Light fares as such.

Edinburgh, Scotland – Photo: Patty Ho via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • April 3rd – 10th, 2019
    • This is a sample date. See below for more available travel dates.

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel in early-April 2019 and from late-October 2019 – mid-November 2019 for Sunday through Wednesday departures and Tuesday through Friday returns. A Sunday stay is required. Availability is extremely limited with just a few scattered dates. Must purchase at least 10 days in advance of departure.

Note: This fare is valid at time of posting. If this post is more than two days old, the fare is most likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

The following instructs ITA to search for the Basic Economy fare. When using those dates on Priceline you will be presented with an option to upgrade to a regular economy fare.

  • Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
    • Departing from: SAN
    • Outbound Advanced Routing Code:
      • Textbox 1: vs jfk vs
      • Textbox 2: maxconnect 360
    • Destination: EDI
    • Return Advanced Routing Code: 
      • Textbox 1: vs jfk vs
      • Textbox 2: maxconnect 360
    • Click on the “Advanced Routing Codes” link to enable advanced routing code input
    • Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
    • Enter departure date
    • Length of stay: 3-10
      • The maximum search range is 7 days, so enter ranges in this format: 0-7, 3-10, 5-12, etc.

The ITA search page should look like the following when all values are inputted.

You cannot buy tickets using ITA. To buy tickets, follow our instructions below in the “How to Buy Airline Tickets” section.

Fare Class:

  • O

Sample Routing:

  • SAN – JFK (New York) – EDI (Edinburgh) – JFK – SAN.
  • All flights will be operated by Delta with Virgin Atlantic flight numbers (this is known as a codeshare). You will check in with Delta.

Sample Mileage:

Virgin Atlantic is a Delta partner. Mileage earning with Delta is below.

  • Miles Flown: 11,368 miles or 6.0 cents per mile
  • Elite Qualifying Miles: 11,368 miles
  • Redeemable Miles: 2,842 miles

How to Buy Airline Tickets:

  • Support us by using our Priceline link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search.
  • From the search results, select the basic economy fare at $555, after which you’ll be presented with the option to upgrade to a regular fare at $685. The regular economy fare includes advance seat assignment and ONE checked bag.
  • On Virgin Atlantic:
    • Economy Light = Basic Economy
    • Economy Classic = Regular Economy


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