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Virgin America is hosting a contest in conjunction with the San Francisco Giants to throw out the first pitch televised live on Virgin America flight. By entering the contest, however, you also earn a 20% discount on Virgin America itinerary this fall.

Enter by August 15, 2012, and you’ll be emailed a discount code that you can use on a non-refundable Main Cabin itinerary for travel between August 22-November 14, 2012 (with blackout dates August 31-September 3).

The promo code is good only for nonstop or connecting travel not multi-city itinerary, and is only valid for newly booked travel (not applicable to prior bookings). The promo code discount is deducted off the base fare, not taxes or other charges.

I got a promo code and tried it out on a sample itinerary from LAX-JFK roundtrip in September. Normally this ticket would cost a total of $337.60 ($316 base fare plus $21.60 in taxes and fees).

When I applied my promo code, however, the fare came to $252.80 + $21.60 in fees for a total of $274.40.

So in the end, my total discount (because taxes and fees aren’t included in the promo code discount) worked out to be closer to 18.7%.  Still not bad, especially if you have some travel coming up and were interested in working your way up Virgin America’s newly launched elite status tiers. Plus who knows, maybe you’ll win the contest and get to throw out the first pitch aboard a Virgin America plane.

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
See Terms
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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