Although I’ve flown across the Atlantic with all sorts of airline carriers, I have to admit that my economy class experience with Virgin Atlantic takes the prize. Finding a last-minute summer flight to Europe that fit my budget was a hassle but Virgin Atlantic made it possible. Within a few weeks of searching for flights on Skyscanner, I discovered that they offered the most affordable one-way economy class ticket from New York City to London. In no time I was on my merry way. Not only was Virgin Atlantic’s first impression refreshing but they offered an in-flight experience that surpassed what I’ve experienced with any other airline. Based on this, I would absolutely consider flying with Virgin Atlantic again.
Flying with Virgin Atlantic in Economy
Virgin Atlantic economy in-flight experience
Since Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines are SkyTeam partners, I took advantage of my SkyMiles membership status when boarding. As a Delta SkyMiles Member, I was among the first to board the plane and since the flight attendants boarded from back to front, it saved a lot of time. We were ready to take off 30 minutes ahead of schedule – that’s impressive!
From the moment I walked onto the plane, I knew that I was in for an interesting experience.
The plane looked bright, spacious and modern. Each seat came with its own adjustable headrest, personal touch-screen entertainment center, and USB charging station. There was also plenty of legroom. I didn’t feel like I was imposing on any of the other passengers.
Memorable safety video
I also have to mention that the animated safety video caught my attention.
In the instructional video, a dozing off passenger embarks on an epic journey. Still keeping all the instructional components like putting on your seat belt and how to use the oxygen mask, the main character is challenged to a wild-west duel and gets caught by villains. The James Bond scenes were entertaining.
This was probably one of the most engaging safety videos I watched in a long time!
Economy amenity kit
Above all else, I appreciated Virgin Atlantic’s thoughtfulness.
A complimentary welcome amenity kit was on each seat. It included a warm blanket, a pair of socks, headphones and an eye mask.
A toothbrush, toothpaste, pen, earplugs and a pillow were inside the bag.
Why were the Virgin Atlantic amenities so useful?
1. The pen came in handy when filling out the customs declaration forms.
2. I was so thirsty when boarding the plane. The small bottle of water quenched my thirst and I did not have to bother the cabin crew. Some other great tips for surviving long haul flights include stocking up on at least 2 liters of water to stay hydrated. This is something I need to do a lot more of.
3. With the headphones, I enjoyed the in-flight entertainment.
4. Having a toothbrush and toothpaste meant that I could hit the ground running as soon as I landed in London. I didn’t have to worry about having bad breath.
5. I used the eye mask and pillow to fall asleep comfortably. I still use this eye mask when I travel.
Other Virgin Atlantic Amentities
I barely slept on my flight because there were so many movies and t.v. shows to choose from. Game of Thrones and Empire were among the most popular shows to watch.
Virgin Atlantic also allowed passengers to rate movies. Based on their recommendations, I enjoyed watching Eye in the Sky, a riveting thriller about a terrorist capture in Kenya. I also watched Room, a drama which follows an abducted mom and her 5-year-old son.
Lastly, the complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks were a big bonus.
Overall, I am extremely happy with my Virgin Atlantic economy class experience. Virgin Atlantic thought of almost everything a traveler could want and need on a long transatlantic flight. I would only suggest adding a small bar of soap to the welcome kit to help us freshen up.
If you’re thinking about flying with Virgin Atlantic, I say go for it. Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.
Have you flown with Virgin Atlantic? What’s your favorite amenity?
Danielle Desir is a financially savvy traveler, 4x author, and podcaster. She paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in 4 years, bought a house at 27, and has traveled to 27 countries. She refuses to let her financial responsibilities hold her back from living life on her terms. Listen to The Thought Card Podcast here which has over 80,000 podcast downloads.