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How to Get on Virgin Atlantic's Brand New VIP 'Guest List'

July 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM | by | ()

"You're on the list."

Unless they're referring to the TSA's No-Fly List, that little sentence may bring big things if you're flying Virgin Atlantic from one of the airline's seven destinations in the US or UK.

The "Guest List" program is now available (for a price) to all Virgin Atlantic travelers, sharing the perks once solely reserved for Upper Class flyers with those seated in Economy or Premium Economy. It's essentially a fast track to VIP treatment without having to pay the premium airfare of an Upper Class ticket, from only $384 per person or $544 per couple (traveling in the same car).

For your extra dough, you'll enjoy:

· a private car transfer to the airport
· use of Virgin Atlantic's special curbside drop-off zone and fast-track security at Heathrow and Gatwick
· your checked baggage marked for Upper Class priority treatment
· entry to Virgin Atlantic's Clubhouse lounges

The Virgin Atlantic Guest List is available to travelers departing from London-Heathrow, London-Gatwick, New York-JFK, Newark, San Francisco, Washington-Dulles and Boston-Logan airports.

Now, the answer to the question you're no doubt asking: is it worth it?

Searching dates for late August travel from New York to London brings up Economy fares of $1,132 roundtrip and Premium Economy for $2,065. For the same flights, Upper Class with all the perks is however commanding $5,997. If you purchased the Economy seat and the "Guest List" package for one way, your total would come to around $1,516. Treat yourself to the VIP treatment round-trip, and it's still only $1,900, a savings of $4,097. Just remember you'll still have to walk to the rear of the plane to find your seat in Economy Class once it's time to board.

If there's two or more of you traveling, the savings for Guest List increase. View the complete price list at the Virgin Atlantic Guest List site.

To get your money's worth, give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the lounges, which offer complimentary sit-down meals, a full bar, entertainment, WiFi, modern furniture with power outlets, limited spa treatments at some lounges, and a general respite away from the insanity of the main gate area.

Having been through the Virgin Atlantic fast-track security at Heathrow ourselves, we can vouch for the fact that it whisks you through and is virtually hassle-free compared to the usual priority and regular security lines. Even arriving at the private curbside VIP drop-off at LHR is an experience that almost humanizes the Heathrow experience, but you have to do it yourself to understand how this is possible.

The catch: You've got to call Virgin Atlantic at least 21 days before your flight to add the Guest List to your booking. Give them a ring at 0844 874 7747 (UK) or 1.800.862.8621 (US) and have a preview of what's in store with a look at our Clubhouse photo galleries.

The lounge at London-Heathrow

[Photos: Jaunted]

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