I was chatting with Greg the FrequentMiler about his upcoming Necker Island trip for 1,200,000 Virgin Atlantic miles. That will be an awesome week for him.
I noticed Virgin has a comparatively budget offer that will thrill aviation geeks, Flying without Fear.
The dedicated Flying without Fear website provides extensive info, here’s the capsule overview:
Virgin Atlantic Captain debunks the myths around flying that people have picked up from the various sources. Turbulence, wings flapping, dropping sensations, engines, air pockets, security and much much more all answered and explained.
Cabin Crew trainer takes you through the vast amount of training that every cabin crew person has to go through. Do you know the primary reason cabin crew are on board? Which airlines do the most training of their crew? All of this and more is covered.
After a hot meal which many are surprised to want to eat, the psychology worries are covered. A chunky session on the psychology of fear; how to spot old fear patterns and lots of techniques to combat your fear are given to you.
We take a special flight together with a full narration of every movement, squeak, wobble explained from start to finish by one of our Captains. A true treat for those that like to know what is going on at all times.
You receive a booklet and CD worth £30 plus 2,000 Flying Club miles and we are the leading course in the UK.
- cabin crew training
- psychology course
- 2,000 mile rebate!
This course is intended for people with fear of flying so those without should at least not be obnoxious. It is a commercial operations so I wouldn’t have a problem booking myself.
It is offered about 20 times a year. Upcoming dates include courses at Gatwick, Leeds and Manchester with a ground only (no flight) option in Bristol. Their blog shows a Heathrow event this month that used a 787 Dreamliner.
The flight ones are £267, ground £180, if not using miles. 40,000 miles instead of $350 may seem poor value, though consider the ease of earning Virgin Altantic miles and their relative worth elsewhere. The Bank of America Virgin Atlantic credit card periodically has offers up to 90k miles, subject to various spend thresholds, so earning 40k is not difficult.
The separate children’s course includes 1 child and 1 ‘fear free’ adult for £367 and is not listed as a miles redemption option, though worth an inquiry.
(sidebar: since this is a psychology post, what does it say about me that every time I have typed Fear without Flying before correcting it to Flying without Fear?)