What are cookies?
A cookie is a text file containing small amounts of information which is downloaded to your device when you access a website. The text file is then sent back to our server each time your browser requests a page from the server. This enables us to operate the Website more effectively and load the Website so that it reflects your personal preferences, based on your previous browsing on the Website as well as keywords we may be able to gather from URLs of other webpages from which you accessed the Website. Cookies can also allow us to do various other things, as explained below. What cookies do we use?
When you visit the Website, the following types of cookies may be downloaded to your device:
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These are cookies that are required for the administration and operation of the Website. Some cookies that we use are necessary for the Website to function properly and to enable you to move around the Website and use its features.
Functional Cookies (Useful Features)
Analytical and Performance Cookies (Visit Tracking)
We may use analytics service providers for website traffic analysis and reporting. Analytics service providers generate statistical and other information about the use of the Website by using cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how often visitors return to the Website, how long they stay and how visitors move around the Website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way the Website works, for example, it helps users to find what they are looking for easily. The information generated relating to the Website may be used to create reports about the use of the site and the analytics service provider will store this information.
Marketing and Advertising Cookies
These cookies record your visit to Virgin.com, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed to other sites. We will use this information to try and make the Website (and other sites that you visit) more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with others, such as other Virgin entities and carefully selected third parties, for this purpose.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the tables below:
Google Analytics Cookies: Analytical and Performance Cookies
Used for serving and recording clicks for certain links on the website.
YouTube Cookies: Functional Cookies
Used for embedding videos onto the website.
Facebook: Advertising and Targeting Cookies, Strictly Necessary Cookies
We use Facebook to embed content such as video and posts onto the website. We also use Facebook to advertise to you based on your website history.
Instagram Cookies: Strictly Necessary Cookies
We use Instagram to embed content such as video and posts onto the website.
LinkedIn Cookies: Strictly Necessary Cookies
We use LinkedIn to embed content such as video and posts onto the website.
Twitter Cookies: Strictly Necessary Cookies
We use Twitter to embed content such as video and posts onto the website.
Virgin.com: Strictly Necessary Cookies, Functional Cookies
These cookies are used to make the site function properly and store your cookie preferences.
Do we use any third-party cookies?
Because the Virgin Group and Richard Branson have a strong presence on various social networks, we try to make it as easy as possible to share content and to see what content is popular on those networks. We add buttons to allow people to easily share to those networks. When we include these social 'plugins', it gives those sites the flexibility to use their own cookies. They can't read any cookies we set from the Website, and we can't read any cookies they set, but it lets them do the same kind of traffic measuring that we do on the rest of the Website (and it also lets them know whether you're logged into their site).
How do I turn cookies off?
If you do not wish us to download cookies or you don’t agree with how we use these cookies, you can change the settings by adjusting the options on the banner that appears on the Website or by clicking here, then clicking ‘Save and close’. You can also change the settings on your internet browser to reject cookies.
For more information, please consult the ‘Help’ section of your browser or visit aboutcookies.org, allaboutcookies.org, or optout.aboutads.info. Please note that if you do set your browser to reject all cookies (including strictly necessary cookies), you may not be able to use all of the features on our site.