This page helps you understand the level of service you can expect from us at all times.

Customer service and commitment to our passengers has been the driving force behind our brand. We strive to get it right first time, every time.

Occasionally, things do not go as planned. We believe that you have the right to know what level of service you can expect from us, even in those rare moments when we fall short of the very high standards we have set ourselves.

Our first promise is to offer you the lowest possible fare available for the time, date and class of service you wish to travel in (at the time you make your booking directly with us via our Customer Service Centre, website or airport ticket desks) .

From time to time we may offer different fares. Our Customer Service agents will advise you of other fares that may be available and will help identify the lowest published fare for your needs.

Remember that the lowest fares have less flexibility. For example, the lowest fares have to be booked well in advance. They are based on a minimum stay, are non refundable and you cannot subsequently change dates or flights. If you want a more flexible ticket, you must let us know at the outset, so we can search out the best deal for you.

Delays and disruptions are a frustrating but sometimes inevitable part of air travel.

In the event of a flight cancellation, a delay of more than 30 minutes or a diversion, we will notify you. Within 30 minutes of us knowing about it, we will provide you with the best available information via:

  • Email (where contact details are available)
  • Flight status on our website 
  • Airport information boards (where they are under our direct control) 
  • Our groundstaff and cabin crew

We handle hundreds of bags per flight, and due to the sheer volume, checked in baggage can very occasionally go astray.

If your baggage doesn’t arrive on the belt it is absolutely essential that you make contact with one of our airport staff or representatives and file a report (sometimes called a Property Irregularity Report or PIR) before you leave the airport. Once the report is filed with us we take all reasonable measures to locate your property and minimise the inconvenience caused.

If you are not a resident of the country you have arrived in, we will promise to reimburse you for the reasonable receipted costs you incur when buying essential overnight items such as toiletries, nightwear etc. Find out more about making a claim for reimbursement of essential items.

Most delayed bags travel on our next flight, as an international carrier the duration and frequency of flights dictate the time you can expect to be reunited with your property. Once your bag arrives at its final destination, in most destinations, we will return it within 24 hours of its arrival, at no cost to you*. Read more about delayed baggage.

In the unlikely but regrettable event that your baggage is not found within the 21 days after you file the Property Irregularity Report, we promise upon request to provide confirmation of your loss for insurance purposes or, if you do not have insurance, process your claim within the limits of our liability. We will also refund you any additional/excess baggage fees you have paid if your bag is irretrievably lost.

*Due to customs restrictions in Lagos we regret we are unable to deliver delayed bags to passengers. They must be collected from the airport.

In order to give you some thinking time, if you call our Customer Service Centre directly or make a booking on our own website we will allow you:

  • To hold a telephone reservation at the quoted fare without payment for 24 hours 
  • Cancel a website booking within 24 hours without penalty

These apply for a maximum of 24 hours after the reservation is made as long as that reservation is made one week or more prior to a flight's scheduled departure.

Website bookings must be cancelled in the first instance by calling our Customer Service Centre and subsequently applying for a refund, within the 24 hour time frame.

We are committed to meeting the needs of all our customers with disabilities. Over the last 20 years our dedicated team of Special Assistance co-ordinators have helped and assisted millions of customers travel independently with ease and comfort.

We comply fully with our obligations a) under the European Regulation EC1107/2006 concerning the rights of disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility when travelling by air, and b) for US citizens, Part 382 of the US Air Carrier Access Act 1986 relating to non discrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel.

If you need special assistance at the airport, onboard or on your Virgin Atlantic Holiday, please let us know as early as possible (or at least 72 hours before your flight). Head to My booking to request wheelchair assistance and more, or get in touch through the options on our special assistance web page.

If you’re overseas, contact your local Virgin Atlantic Reservations Office via Relay UK 

In the United States please dial 711 for Relay Services.

On very rare occasions unforeseen events may cause a lengthy onboard delay either before take off or after landing. These events are usually outside our direct control however we will take all reasonable measures to ensure passengers are kept up to date with the latest information available, and for significant onboard delays, where safety and security restrictions allow, our cabin crew will provide snack refreshments, lavatory facilities, and access to basic medical assistance.

For more information on flights departing from US airports only please see our Contingency Plan for Lengthy Tarmac Delays.

In common with most airlines we may sometimes overbook flights to allow as many people as possible to travel. Often passengers holding confirmed reservations and flexible tickets change their plans or don't turn up. To address this, and to ensure popular flights do not leave with empty seats we use historical data to take a small number of additional reservations.

On rare occasions however all the confirmed passengers will check in for the flight and in this instance we comply fully with Regulation EC 261/2004, and for flights departing from US airports the US Department of Transport 14 CFR Part 250, by firstly seeking volunteers to give up their seats and by offering affected passengers compensation and a seat on the next available flight, as well as meals and accommodation where necessary. Follow the link for more information on our overbooking policies.

One of our aims is to provide you with a seamless journey from the time you make your booking right through to when you touch down and collect your baggage. In order to do this, we try to provide you with as much information as possible about the policies and procedures that may affect your travel including:

Booking policies and mistakes
We understand that occasionally booking errors occur and if you make a booking on our own website and find you've made a spelling error with a name on the booking, we'll change this free of charge (you can't transfer a ticket to a completely different person though).

You can make date amendments free of charge within 24 hours of the booking being made. (You can't transfer a ticket to a completely different person and date changes are subject to availability in the same fare class, any difference in fare will be either collected or refunded).

Likewise if during the booking process our system causes you to make and pay for a duplicate flight, we will issue a full refund of the duplicate flight without any charge, providing you tell us within 24 hours of the booking being made and subsequently provide us with your credit or debit card statement. These amendments can only be made by calling our Customer Service Centre.

For security reasons it is absolutely essential that the name on your booking, ticket and passport are exactly the same. If they are not, you will be unable to board the flight. This applies to every passenger so when you are making your booking either through a travel agent or direct with us via our website or Customer Service Centre it's a good idea to have all the passports with you. The person that you’ve known as John all your life may be called Jack in his passport. And Jane may be spelt Jayne.

Your booking and ticket must reflect your first and last names only. Middle names are not required. This rule also applies to marriage or maiden names. We can no longer allow passengers to travel by accepting marriage certificates or decree absolutes in conjunction with a passport.

If a mistake has been made we will allow you to amend the name to reflect the correct spelling in the passport, up to 2 hours before the flight is due to depart. However you cannot transfer the ticket to another person.

If you have booked through a travel agent, please call them to change the name, or if you have booked through our website or over the phone, you can call our Customer Service Centre. There will be a charge of £30 to amend each name.

Cancellation policies and other important information

When you book your flight directly from us, upon request our Customer Service Centre can advise you:

  • The planned scheduled time of departure and arrival of your flight 
  • The airport and terminal of departure and arrival 
  • The latest times you can check in for your flight 
  • The number of en-route stops or aircraft changes, if known at the time of the enquiry 
  • The name of the operating carrier and the flight number 
  • Your cabin baggage allowance along with your free 'checked in' baggage allowance plus the charges we make for additional and excess baggage 
  • The aircraft type scheduled to be operated on the route, its seating configuration and lavatory availability, if known at the time of the enquiry 
  • Where to find the rules of our frequent flyer programme, Flying Club 
  • Any conditions attached to the fare you will pay including whether or not it is refundable

Very occasionally, operational situations along with unforeseen or extraordinary circumstances require us to significantly change the scheduled departure and arrival dates and/or times of a flight after the booking has been made.

In this event we will contact passengers who have booked with us directly, using the mobile telephone number and/or e mail address given to us at the time the booking was made.

For passengers who booked through a travel agent or tour operator, we will send the notification message directly to the agent/operator via our reservations system.

We want you to enjoy your experience with us. Sometimes however, things do not go according to plan and if you feel that we have not lived up to your expectations, or that we could improve our service in some way, please let us know.

Under normal circumstances, we will respond to you within 28 days and at the latest within 60 days of receiving your complaint. If we can we will call you to discuss your concerns alternatively, or at your specific request, we will write or e mail you.

Follow the link for details on how to send us your feedback.

Flight cancellations are rare and we will try to minimise the inconvenience they cause by posting them on our website under the flight status as soon as we know about them. In addition, where possible we will notify you by sending you a text or email message providing you give us your mobile phone number or email address at the time you make your booking or via My booking.

If you are already at the airport when a flight is cancelled, we comply fully with the requirements of the European Union's Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 establishing common rules on compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of Denied boarding, flight cancellations and long delays.

Passengers who have purchased a 'through ticket' and miss an onward connecting flight because the Virgin Atlantic flight was cancelled or delayed will be rebooked on the next available flight, subject to availability in the same ticket class, without penalty. Where necessary and appropriate overnight accommodation and meals will be provided until the next available flight departs.

Read more about Your choices when a flight is disrupted.