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20% Discount on Virgin America Point Redemptions

by on April 22, 2011 · 3 comments

in Virgin America

I hear Virgin America is a really good airline, but I’ve never chosen to fly them because they have a frequent flyer program that doesn’t interest me. For example they don’t have an option for international awards (the reason why I collect miles/points),  they don’t have an elite program and their earning of points is based on spend. So my $300 JFK-LAX coach ticket that earns me roughly 5,000 American (or Delta) miles, would only earn me 1,500 Elevate points. Beyond that, point redemption is also revenue based, which is the real deal killer. So if I wanted to redeem for a $2,500 JFK-LAX business class ticket, it would cost me 119,000-156,000 points. Thus, it would take 79-104 roundtrips in coach to earn one business class roundtrip on Virgin America, whereas American will give me a free business class roundtrip after 10 coach roundtrips (less if I am an elite member). Not only that, American is in an alliance, so I can get two business class JFK-LAX roundtrips for $95 and $10 in fees for the British Airways Visa 100,000 mile bonus – much better than spending $23,000+ on Virgin America flights!

Anyway, if you do have Virgin America points, they are giving 20% discounts if you redeem by Saturday April 23, 2011. A no brainer if you were planning to redeem points anyway.
Redeem now to fly at this special rate in the Main Cabin between April 26 and June 15, or from August 25 to October 27. And remember: you can book reward flights on any seat, at any time, with no blackout dates.”

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  • pspinks

    However you can now opt to put your miles to Virgin Atlantic or V Australia.

  • Sean

    I fly Virgin America a few times a year. I live in San Diego and we have three VS flights each day to SFO. Usually they are the same price (<$150 r/t) as United and Southwest, who also offer nonstops on this route. I think of Virgin America as a W hotel, United as a Super 8, and Soutwest as a campground.

  • fly

    can you use part points part cash?

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