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It’s a pretty good time for flight bonuses these days as Alaska and Delta battle it out in the Pacific Northwest, and both United and American offering up to 15,000 bonus miles on transcons now through March 31. Now Virgin America has thrown its hat in the ring with a bonus promo for flights booked now through March 31 and travel through April 9, 2014.
Register here and earn up to 10,000 bonus points when you fly round-trip transcontinental flights between San Francisco (SFO) or Los Angeles (LAX) and select east coast cities. Eligible routes include Los Angeles to Newark, JFK, Philadelphia and Washington Dulles; and San Francisco to Newark, JFK, Philadelphia, Washington Dulles and Washington National.
You earn bonus points based on the fare class you book like this:
First Class Refundable (J): 10,000 points
First Class (C, D): 7,000 points
Main Cabin Select (W): 7,000 points
Instant Upgrade to Main Cabin Select (Q, Z): 5,000 points
Main Cabin Refundable (Y, B, V): 5,000 points
Main Cabin (H, E, U, M, I, L, S, N): 2,500 points
Paid Upgrade to First Class: 5,000 points
Paid Upgrade to Main Cabin Select: 3.750 points
You must register prior to travel, and your bonus points should post within 6 weeks of travel. One-ways on qualifying fares earn half the bonuses listed. While those refundable first class tickets that earn the full bonus come with a pretty hefty price tag, earning 2,500 bonus points on Main Cabin fares is still pretty great, especially considering that in order to earn 2,500 Elevate points you’d normally need to spend $500 on airfares (not counting co-branded credit card bonuses) at 5 Elevate points per $1.
Elevate points are worth between 1.6-2.3 cents each, so on average, I’d say you’re getting an extra $50 worth of Elevate points on a roundtrip transcon, which isn’t bad.
Here are the rest of the Terms & Conditions:
The typical earn for Elevate members is 5 points per $1 spent on the base fare. In this offer, you will earn a fixed amount of bonus Elevate reward points for qualifying round-trip flights according to the booking class purchased and flown. To qualify for this offer, guests must a) be enrolled in Elevate prior to registering for the offer, b) register for the offer prior to their first travel date and c) correctly add their Elevate account number to their reservation prior to commencing travel. Bookings must be made in a qualifying revenue booking class in Main Cabin (H,E,U,M,I,L,S,N), Main Cabin Refundable (Y,B,V), Instant Upgrade to Main Cabin Select (Q,Z), Main Cabin Select (W), First Class (C,D) First Class Refundable (J), paid upgrades to Main Cabin Select (R) and paid upgrades to First Class (G, X) for nonstop or connecting travel completed between January 29, 2014 and April 9, 2014 and between the following cities: Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO) and New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Philadelphia (PHL), Washington Reagan National (DCA) and Washington Dulles (DCA). Complimentary upgrades to Main Cabin Select for Elevate Gold or Elevate Silver members will earn bonus reward points according to the Main Cabin ticket purchased. Only tickets that are ticketed on a Virgin America prefix (‘VX’) and operated on Virgin America will qualify for this offer subject to these terms. Thru-flights are excluded from this offer. Bonus Points will be posted to the member’s account within 4-6 weeks after qualifying flights are flown. Half the bonus points will be posted for qualifying one-way travel, or for each qualifying segment on mixed cabin itineraries. Any changes or cancellations might result in disqualification from the offer. All travel not normally eligible for earning reward points, including Elevate reward bookings, are excluded from this offer. Bonus reward points earned in this offer do not qualify towards Elevate Gold or Elevate Silver status. Bonus Elevate points cannot be transferred between accounts and will only be earned if the member has entered their Elevate membership number in their booking. If the member has chosen to earn points or miles with a partner airline loyalty program, these flights will be excluded from this offer and no bonus points will be earned on your travel with Virgin America.
For more information, check out these posts:
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