Airfare Deal – Virgin Atlantic: Washington D.C. – Mumbai, India (with Stopover in London). $949. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

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We don’t get too excited about anything that Delta does.  Lately, everything from them seems to be anti-consumer (e.g., new elite qualification, new earning chart, hard to redeem miles etc etc etc). But the their latest partnership with Virgin Atlantic seems to be consumer friendly — including a very good mileage earning chart. Even the cheapest Virgin Atlantic fares earn 100% with Delta and that is a win.

With that said, Virgin has Mumbai on sale. A good benefit of this fare is it allows for a free stopover in London. We will show you how you can do that below.

Mumbai, India. Photo: babasteve, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Mumbai, India. Photo: babasteve, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • September 18th – 27th

Fare Availability:

Partner Fare Class:

  • O

Stopover:

  • Permitted both on the outbound and return — Free. Free does not mean that it will be price out at $949. There are additional tax considerations to entering and staying in London for more than 24 hours.

Routing:

  • IAD – LHR (London) – BOM (Mumbai) – LHR – IAD

Mileage:

  • 16,290 miles or 5.8 cents per mile. Virgin Atlantic is a Delta partner. This fare is 100% elite qualifying and mileage earning with Delta. Provide the checkin agent with your Delta SkyMiles number for credit.

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Stopover:

Virgin Atlantic has the friendliest stopover search engine out there. It is so simple, we wonder why more carriers don’t have this functionality. From the flight search menu, just check the stopover option:

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It will then ask you how long you want your stopover to be. We picked one on the return and then it priced out the itinerary for us.

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With the stopover, it is about $120 more than without the stopover. This is correct despite stopovers being free. The additional $120 is United Kingdom departure taxes and other fees. If we were traveling on this itinerary, we would definitely take advantage of the stopover.

How to Book:

Background Information:

  • Visa: US Citizens – Visa required prior to arrival. Prices vary. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Indian Rupee (INR). $1USD = 59.66 INR

Tips for saving when using credit cards at international destinations:

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2 Responses to "Airfare Deal – Virgin Atlantic: Washington D.C. – Mumbai, India (with Stopover in London). $949. Roundtrip, including all Taxes"

  1. Dr. Jazz says:

    Where do you get 16,290 miles? I see: Miles you could earn 9,978 miles each Adult ???

    • TFD says:

      @Dr. Jazz – if you are crediting to Virgin Atlantic, you will earn 8100ish miles since they only give you 50% mileage. Confused about where you got the 9,978 from?

      The total flight distance is 16,290 miles per ITA search. Per the post, we recommend that you credit to Delta, which is 100% mileage earning for this fare or 16,290 miles. It could be +/- 100 miles depending on what source Delta/Virgin use.

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