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20% Discount on Virgin America and 10% off British Airways

by on January 25, 2012 · 9 comments

in British Airways, Chase, Virgin America

Virgin America is offering a 20% discount on fares booked using a Visa this spring while British Airways is running a 10% discount on fares purchased with a BA Visa all year long.

20% Off Virgin America For Liking Visa NFL On Facebook

Although you’re supposed to ‘like’ Visa NFL on Facebook, it looks like you can just enter your name and email on Virgin’s site here to score a 20% discount on flights between now and February 29, and between April 15-June 15.

The airline then emails you with a promo code good for 20% off on a flight for up to two seats only on Virgin America non-stop or connecting flights when you pay the fare using your Visa.

The airline sends you an email with your one-use-only promo code.

To test it out, I went to Virgin’s site and searched for an itinerary for two passengers roundtrip from LAX-Seattle from February 9-February 13. Without the promo code, the lowest fare per person each way I could find was $89, bringing to total trip cost to $399.20 with taxes and fees.

The total itinerary without the promo code cost $399.20.

When I plugged in the promo code, the base fare dropped down to $71 per person each way for the same exact flights, bringing the trip total to $328 including taxes and fees.

Using the promo code brought the total itinerary cost down to $320.

So while the base fares were discounted 20%, the total discount after taxes and fees is just about 18%, but hey that’s still a fair chunk of money, especially if you’re planning a more expensive trip.

Here are the T&C:

Terms and Conditions:
*This offer ends at 11:59pm CST on February 29, 2012. Offer valid only when you pay with your Visa card. Valid only on nonstop or connecting travel on Virgin America. Multi–city itineraries are not eligible. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.70 per domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. For service to/from Mexico, fares do not include the U.S. Immigration User Fee of $7, the U.S. APHIS fee of $5, the U.S. Customs processing fee of $5.50, a U.S. International Arrival/Departure Tax of $16.30 each way and additional taxes/fees of up to $60, including: Mexico International Departure Tax and Mexico Tourism Tax. Tickets are non–refundable and non–transferable. One time use promo code is valid for non–refundable Main Cabin tickets only in fare classes S, L, M, U, E, H, B, or V. Travel must occur between January 10, 2012 and February 29, 2012 or between April 15, 2012 and June 15, 2012. Blackout dates are February 17, February 20, May 25 and May 28, 2012. Promo code may be used only towards newly booked travel and may not be applied to prior bookings. Promo code discount will be deducted off of base fare. Promo code may not be redeemed for cash. Promo code may only be used for bookings made on virginamerica.com and is only valid on itineraries of 2 or less. Offer is not transferable and cannot be combined with any other offers. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. If travel is changed or cancelled, promo code discount will become invalid. Changes or cancellations can be made for a $75 fee if changes are made on Virgin America’s website or a $100 fee through all other channels, including the call center and at the airport, plus any increase in fare, if applicable. Tickets purchased through Virgin America’s reservation call center will cost an additional $20 per guest per itinerary; this amount is non refundable if travel is changed or cancelled. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket. Fares, routes, fees and schedules are subject to change without notice. Virgin America will accept one (1) piece of checked baggage up to 50 pounds for $25 for each ticketed guest traveling within the U.S. and for free of charge for each ticketed guest traveling to/from Mexico. The fee per guest for each additional checked bag up to 50 pounds from the second (2) to the tenth (10) is $25. Additional fees apply to baggage exceeding these weight limitations, and other baggage restrictions may apply.

Hat tip: FrugalTravelGuy

British Airways 10% Off Promo

As I wrote about in November, British Airways is offering 10% off any BA flight when you use your Chase British Airways Visa card. The best part? That 10% comes off the total ticket price—including taxes and fees, which get extremely expensive when flying in or out of London! Here is the information from the BA site.

10% off when you book through ba.com/Chase10:

  • Discount is off the total cost of the fare (including taxes, fuel and surcharges).
  • Choose from any of British Airways 300+ destinations.
  • Travel in any cabin—World Traveller, World Traveller Plus, Club World or First.
  • Book up to eight friends and family members travelling on the same flight.

Promotion code: CARDOFFERU

Plus, remember that you earn an extra 2.5 miles per dollar spent on BA miles when you use your BA Visa card. For more about buying BA miles, transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points and American Express Membership Rewards points to BA miles, and using them for valuable upgrades, check out my previous post.

Here are the rest of the T&C on this particular offer:

Terms and Conditions1

To take part in this promotion, eligible participants must log in at www.ba.com/Chase10 using their Executive Club username and PIN, and make a roundtrip booking between November 4, 2011 and December 31, 2012 and enter the promotion code ‘CARDOFFERU’ in the marked box on the Price Quote page of the booking process. Outbound travel must commence by December 31, 2012. 10% discount will appear on the final payment page. Discount is valid on the total roundtrip purchase price, including taxes, fees and surcharges, on mainline flights operated by British Airways. Discount is not valid for flights on codeshare or franchise carriers. Roundtrip open jaw bookings are eligible for only one discount. Example of open jaw booking: outbound JFK to LON and return PAR to JFK. All rules of purchased fare apply, including advance purchase, minimum stay, weekend-add-ons, and cancellation/refund rules. Other travel related restrictions may apply. Offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offer. Fares not purchased at www.ba.com/Chase10 do not qualify for discount. Valid only for new bookings made by US residents paying in USD with a valid British Airways Visa card issued by Chase, for travel commencing from the US to London and beyond. Discount applies for up to eight passengers booked on the same British Airways flight. Cardholder must travel to qualify for the 10% discount. Refunds from previously purchased fare types not permitted. Discount not combinable with any other offer and is taken off valid, published fares only. Offer subject to British Airways fare rules and conditions of contract available on www.ba.com. Subject to flight availability. In the event of program fraud or abuse, British Airways may withdraw this promotion.

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  • tivoboy

    They probably have to include the tax amount for the original fare in the total?

  • tivoboy

    I did this a couple days ago, worked out great for a trip to FLL. Tickets were 260$, made it about 205$ RT

  • zasm

    On Virgin, $228 JFK-LAX is pretty sweet. So is $196 JFK-SEA.

  • PJ

    yes ; you are lucky to go out conveniently from JFK in NYC area, if you are flexible check out mid week flights :)

  • PJ

    in case Avios can help: NYC to MIA 7500 K anytime +$2.5 911 fees that is less than 12K amex MR + 30 % transfer bonus to expire on 1-31-2012

  • PJ

    Virin AMerican has a very good booking engine, airfares before tax and fees normally end with 9 such as 169

  • PJ

    Brian, please g ive us a headup as usual when Virgin America and Barclays put out ~25K Elevate points on sign on bonus for their credit card

  • HelenM

    I tried to book BA,pay with cash and upgrade with AVIOS, using the Chase10 offer code but the discount does not appear on the price quote page. I see it when I book a cash fare. Any help out there?

  • Sophia

    Kinda bummed this 20% deal didn’t work for me. I clicked on the site to sign up directly through Virgin America’s site (since I’m not a FB user) and it told me the promotion has expired (though it clearly says the promotion goes until Feb 29), so I called Virgin America to see if I could register over the phone and get the promo code, but they told me they had never even heard of it! Makes me sad. :(

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