Content Produced in Partnership with Virgin Atlantic, Visit Britain and Marketing Manchester

For most travelers, a plane ride is nothing more than a method to get from point A to point B. It’s a necessary evil wrought with headaches and hassles. One airline set out to change that experience.

Virgin Atlantic is a strong proponent that your vacation starts the second you leave your home. While most standard check-in counters have long lines and tired looking gate agents, Virgin Atlantic greets you with neon lights and energetic crew clad in chic Vivienne Westwood designed uniforms. If you have access to their iconic Clubhouses, it’s like you’re entering an exclusive club. And the differences don’t end at check-in — that’s just where they begin.

The Economy Experience…Upgraded

On most airlines, those seated in economy are treated like second-class citizens. On Virgin Atlantic, guests are A-listers regardless of cabin. Many perks are included with all the seats so you’ll never feel nickel and dimed. Here’s what travelers have to look forward to: a choice of three complimentary meals and drinks, a free amenity kit aka a “relax pack” with comforts like eyeshades, ear plugs, and toothbrushes, award-winning entertainment, onboard WiFi, a free newspaper, as well as extra legroom options for a more roomy journey. Depending on flight time, guests may also be offered snacks like ice cream or sweets to enjoy with your movie, afternoon tea or breakfast boxes to go. That’s what we call a seriously sweet way to fly.

The Kiddos Are Happy

Check the frown with your luggage because boredom is strictly banned on Virgin. Once at the gate, kids receive a backpack bursting with goodies to keep them busy while on board. These can include snacks, swag, coloring books, reading materials, toys, and other surprises. Children also get specialized entertainment choices, along with kids meals for those under 12.

Upper-Class Exclusives

Exactly what traveling should be like, the Upper Class experience begins at your doorstep with a private chauffeur to whisk travelers to and from the airport. At London Heathrow, this means being dropped off at a private wing to breeze through security in under 10 minutes. Internationally, the airport lounges feel more like luxury hotels than stuffy waiting rooms. Some clubhouses even have spas with complimentary treatments. On board, there are spacious workspaces, signature cocktails, flat laying beds, full meals, and grab and go snack stations to let passengers graze without disruption.

How to Get There: Virgin Atlantic has added new nonstop flights from Boston and San Francisco, making it easier than ever to get to Manchester in style and luxury. Click here to start planning your getaway today.