Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd (Virgin Atlantic) offer all year round direct daily flights from the United Kingdom to both Miami International Airport (MIA) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) in Florida but some routes only operate during the summer months.
You can also reach Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers with one stop using their code sharing American partner, Delta Airlines, typically via Atlanta Hartfield-Jackson International Airport.
The current flight schedule from the UK to Florida offers:
During the COVID-19 virus pandemic, there are no scheduled Virgin Atlantic flights to Florida and Virgin has closed their Gatwick operation and moved to Heathrow. It is unclear if/when they will return to Gatwick. It is assumed that flights will be resumed once the US government allows UK visitors back to Florida
- Manchester Airport (MAN) to Orlando International Airport (MCO); one to two flights daily
- London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Orlando International Airport (MCO); one to three flights daily — switched to Heathrow
- London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Miami International Airport (MIA); one flight daily
- Glasgow International Airport (GLA) to Orlando International Airport (MCO); up to four flights per week during the summer months, March to November
- Belfast International Airport (BFS) to Orlando International Airport (MCO); up to two flights per week during the summer months, March to September
Most flights were operated by Boeing 747 aircraft with Airbus 330s on the Miami route. Due to the pandemic, Virgin brought forward their retirement plans for the Boeing 747 and all have been withdrawn.
Virgin Atlantic Seat Classes
On their flights to Florida, Virgin Atlantic offers three seat classes, Economy, Premium Economy and Upper Class.
In 2018, Virgin introduced three variations on their Economy package, Economy Light, Economy Classic and Economy Delight.
All economy passengers share the same cabin, seating (see Delight) and inflight entertainment; the main differences are in luggage allowances and check-in.
Economy Light — cheapest fares, does not offer checked bags and you can only check-in at the airport
Economy Classic — effectively the same as the original Virgin Atlantic Economy with one checked bag and prior seat selection
Economy Delight — more expensive but you can choose extra legroom 34” seat pitch seats, access to the Premium Economy check-in desks and priority boarding
Premium Economy — better inflight service than standard economy with wider seats and more legroom. Meals are served on real crockery, cutlery and table linen. You also get dedicated check-in desks and priority boarding
Upper Class — almost flat beds as well as chauffeur driven transport to/from the airport at each end of the journey. Where available you have access to airport clubhouses and lounges plus free seat assignment from 331 days before you fly
Virgin Atlantic Florida Flight Deals
From time to time Virgin Atlantic promote special fares to Florida. The fares typically have to be booked between specific dates for travel between certain dates. Lowest prices generally are for Economy Light tickets.
See * Terms and Conditions on the Virgin Atlantic site for full travel details.
The current Virgin Atlantic Black Friday sale runs from November 22 to 30 with fares from £248 return*
Flight deals to Florida with Virgin Atlantic from Manchester or London
Special deals available at the moment:
View all current Virgin Atlantic USA Offers Homepage (link opens in a new window) on the Virgin Atlantic website.
Virgin Atlantic Baggage Allowances
All passengers are subject to weight and size limits on their checked bags and hand luggage.
Checked luggage can be up to 90 x 75 x 43cm (35.5 x 29.5 x 16ins) in size and up to 23kg (50lb) in weight; 32kg (70lb) for Upper Class
Hand baggage can be up to 23 x 36 x 56cm (9 x 14 x 22 inches) in size and up to 10kg (22lb) in weight (16kg for Upper Class)
Free baggage allowances by class are as follows:
Economy Light — one item of hand baggage only (no checked baggage) but you can pay for additional baggage
Economy Classic — one item of hand baggage plus one checked bag
Economy Delight — one item of hand baggage plus one checked bag
Premium Economy — one item of hand baggage plus two checked bags
Upper Class — one or two items of hand baggage with a combined weight of 16kg plus three checked bags
Babies and toddlers under the age of 2 are allowed one item of hand baggage up to 6kg (13lb). Children 2 years and up have the same allowances as adults. Parents are also allowed a fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and a car seat as part of their check-in allowance.
All passengers are also allowed one additional item of cabin baggage; e.g. a handbag, small backpack/rucksack, pocketbook or purse.
Disney Springs Check-In
If you are flying from Orlando, have checked out of your accommodation early and do not want to carry your checked bags around with you all day, you can take advantage of Virgin Atlantic’s Disney Springs Check-In.
The Check-In area is located at Westside by the valet parking area at Cirque du Soleil® and is open from 8:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Nearest car park is Grapefruit.
It is free to Virgin Holidays guests, for all other there is a $10 charge per passenger. When you drop off your bags, you also receive your boarding cards so do not need to go to the check-in desk at the airport.
Virgin Atlantic is a member of the TSA Pre-Check programme. This means when you check-in for your return flight to the UK, you may be given Pre-Check status (check your boarding card) which means you can then go through a smaller line at the airport security gates (just look out for Pre-Check lanes), you do not have to take your shoes off or remove laptops and liquids etc. from your carry-on luggage.
Members of the US Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check programmes are automatically given TSA Pre-Check when flying on TSA Pre-Check carriers.