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Virgin America announced a partnership today with Joie de Vivre hotels, a unique California boutique hotel chain. The promotion, spelled out here, allows Virgin Elevate members to double dip when staying at Joie de Vivre  hotels for the rest of this year- meaning you can earn both Elevate and “Joy of Life” club points.

As far as Virgin’s hotel partnerships, I’d say this one is more generous than Hilton (which gives 1 Elevate point per $2 spent) and less generous than Morgans Hotel Group which gives a standard 1,000 Elevate points per stay (unless your hotel stays are routinely over $1,000/ stay- then the Joie de Vivre partnership would be your best bet).

The value:

With Elevate- you earn 5 points per dollar spent on base airfare.Virgin Elevate points are worth about 2 cents a piece, so their program basically gives you back 10% in value. Spend $1,000 on airfare and you get $100 off a future flight.

With the “Joy of Life” club- you earn 1 point per dollar on hotel and points are worth about .75 cents each.

During the promo period, you can earn points in both programs until 12/31/10. Thereafter, you have to choose a program, which based on ROI, I’d recommend banking to Virgin.

Overall, I’m glad to see boutique hotels and “low-cost carriers”  hopping on the loyalty program bandwagon. The more points-earning opportunities, the better!

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express

With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.

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More Things to Know
  • Receive 25,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • 3X points for flights booked directly with airlines. 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and US supermarkets. 1X points on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • No matter where you're traveling, when you use your Premier Rewards Gold Card there are no foreign transaction fees from American Express.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $100 a year in baggage fees and more at one airline.
  • Get a $75 hotel credit on qualifying charges, plus a room upgrade upon arrival, if available with The Hotel Collection at Terms apply.
  • There is a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $195.
  • Terms and limitations apply. See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
Annual Fee
Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $195.
Balance Transfer Fee
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Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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