Virgin Atlantic is providing a runway to love this Valentine’s Day with “Tickets to Love” – the opportunity for single Americans looking to forge fresh new connections to apply to fly across the Atlantic to find romance in London.
The news comes as research1 by the airline reveals that U.S. residents are eager to reconnect with people and find love in new places following pandemic restrictions, with 69% of single Americans saying that they are more open to finding romance while traveling, and 72% saying their dating lives would improve if they could explore and meet people in new cities and countries.
Beginning Jan. 27, 2022 through Feb. 13, 2022, interested participants can visit https://virg.in/Love to pitch their story to the airline, explaining why they deserve a trip to the U.K. to find long-term love and what kind of romance they’re looking for this spring.
New research by Virgin Atlantic reveals that after almost two years of restrictions, people are looking for new connections, with 69% of single Americans more open to finding love while traveling and nearly as many (64%) are interested in meeting a Brit
Virgin Atlantic will select eight winners to fly from New York to London in its Upper Class cabin on March 11, 2022. Winners will have the opportunity to enjoy the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at New York’s JFK airport, experiencing premium food and drink options and to receive a love reading from a psychic on-site. The flight will include a glass of champagne upon boarding, delicious 3-course-meal service, and a chance to meet other travelers in The Loft social space of the cabin, before enjoying a weekend stay at The Standard, London.
To help kick off the contest, Virgin Atlantic has partnered with love expert and TV star Jared Haibon, who will be sharing dating tips and advice before the winners jet off on their quest for love in London.
Jared Haibon said: “It’s no secret I had a little help meeting my wife, so when Virgin Atlantic asked me to help them do the same for others, I knew I couldn’t say no. Dating is hard – harder today than it’s ever been – but travel has a way of opening minds and opening hearts, so hopefully we’re able to help change the lives of a few singles ready to finally meet their match.”
Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic said: “We have been helping our customers to make connections between the U.S. and U.K. since 1984, enriching lives in the way only travel can. Our new research shows that single Americans agree – they see travel as a way to meet new people, forge meaningful connections and enjoy new experiences as well as reconnect with loved ones. We’re looking forward to helping them do just that as they join us in London for what might be the first time – or first time in a long time.”
Virgin Atlantic’s research revealed what else is trending and shaping American dating lives:
- Americans are looking further for love, with eyes set on the U.K.: The majority (64%) of single Americans are interested in dating a Brit, with most saying they find British people more cultured, stylish and well-mannered than Americans.
- Coming out of the pandemic, adventurous first dates are trending: 72% of single Americans said they are more interested in adventurous first dates following the pandemic – and nearly as many (70%) said they would be willing to meet a potential love interest for the first time in a different country. While going to dinner still ranks as the top activity for a first date, nearly half of single Americans (48%) said they’d prefer to ride the London Eye on a first date.
- Singles tend to travel light, comfortably and with compatibility in mind: Singles like to keep it casual when it comes to attire (67% say they travel in athleisure or loungewear) and light (41% bring a carry on). Most singles (57%) say enthusiasm for the adventure ahead is the top quality they look for in a travel partner. For those looking for love – skip bringing smelly food onto a flight and keep your shoes on while in air. These ranked as the top two pet peeves single Americans had when it comes to travel companions.
To learn more about Virgin Atlantic and enter and view terms and conditions for the “Tickets to Love” contest, visit https://virg.in/Love