Virgin Airlines is Upgrading Certain Passengers for Free Through New Year’s

The oldest passenger will receive a free upgrade to Upper Class.

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Virgin Airlines is getting in the holiday spirit with complimentary upgrades for the oldest passenger on all Virgin Atlantic flights through New Year’s Day 2020. The promotion was inspired by a generous passenger who was flying in the Upper Class cabin from New York to London in early December. He gave his seat to an 88-year-old former nurse who had always dreamed of sitting at the front of the plane. Check out the heartwarming photos on Facebook.

A free upgrade to Upper Class is quite the deal. You’ll enjoy roomy leather seats that recline into beds as well as gourmet food and drinks throughout your flight. Upper class passengers are also the first to disembark and retrieve their luggage.

Virgin Atlantic announced the promotion with a Christmas Eve tweet:

Virgin has also posted pictures of the lucky passengers enjoying their upgrades. If you’d like to try your luck with this deal, we recommend using Skyscanner to search for last-minute deals on Virgin Atlantic tickets from your nearest airport.

If you can’t take advantage of this promotion but still want to find deals on Virgin Atlantic flights, we’ve found some great ticket prices on round-trip nonstop flights to London from  SeattleLos AngelesMiamiOrlandoBostonSan Francisco and Washington D.C.

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Elizabeth Spencer

Elizabeth Helen Spencer is a personal finance and travel writer based in the Philadelphia area. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and still nurses a secret fiction writing habit on the side. When not writing for work or pleasure, she loves to sweat it out in a hot yoga class and find new books to read. Elizabeth lives with her husband and two children and has reached the conclusion that "having it all" is a myth.

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