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Earlier this week, Virgin America announced a double points promo on transcontinental flights in honor of Star Wars Day (yes, I’m being completely serious).

20140422_lp_force_banner_v1To qualify, register here to book and fly between April 29 and June 11, 2014, and you will earn 100% bonus points for every qualifying flight. But what’s even better is that the bonus points count toward Elevate status, so this is basically a double elite-qualifying points promo!

Eligible routes include:

San Francisco SFO to:

  • Boston BOS
  • Ft. Lauderdale FLL
  • Newark EWR
  • New York JFK
  • Orlando MCO
  • Philadelphia PHL
  • Washington Dulles IAD
  • Washington National DCA

Los Angeles LAX to:

  • Boston BOS
  • Ft. Lauderdale FLL
  • Newark EWR
  • New York JFK
  • Orlando MCO
  • Philadelphia PHL
  • Washington Dulles IAD

Las Vegas LAS to:

  • New York JFK

Elevate members earn 5 points per $1 spent on the base fare, so with this offer, you will earn 100% bonus points per $1 spent on the base fare for all qualifying flights. To qualify for this offer, you must be enrolled in Elevate prior to registering for this offer, register for the offer at between April 22, 2014 and June 11, 2014 and register for the offer prior to your travel date to be eligible to earn the bonus points. In order to qualify for this offer, your booking must be made in a qualifying revenue booking class in Main Cabin, Main Cabin Select or First Class for nonstop or connecting flights flown between April 29, 2014 and June 11, 2014 between the cities mentioned above.

No mention of a maximum amount of points you can earn with this promo, so if you have a lot of travel coming up in the next month, it could be worth sending your business to Virgin and earning all those double points and getting to status qualification faster. For instance, to earn Silver status, you need to earn 20,000 status points in a year. That would normally mean spending $4,000, but with this promo, it’s only $2,000 – you could probably do that with a single first class roundtrip! Gold status is earned at 50,000 points – normally $10,000 in spending on the airline, but just $5,000 with this promo.

Aside from the double points, Virgin is “joining forces with Lucasfilm to celebrate this year’s #StarWarsDay, and we’re bringing you a promotion that’s out of this world. You can be a ruler of your galaxy when you fly far away with us on May 4, 2014, and take a #StarWarsSelfie on a Virgin America flight dressed as your favorite Star Wars character. The best photo could win Jedi Status for the year, plus a Star Wars swag bag.” No word on what Jedi status includes, but maybe they’ll be a TSA-approved light saber in it for you.

Dallas Love Field Upgrade Sale

On October 13, 2014, the Wright Amendment will expire and mean that airlines like Southwest and Virgin America can start flying in and out of Dallas Love Field with planes carrying more than 56 passengers to states beyond those neighboring Texas (yes, this is a simplification of the amendment, but this is a post about the sale not the semantics!).

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To celebrate, Virgin America is offering a “Love Gets An Upgrade” sale where you can score Main Cabin Select and First Class seats at up to a 50% discount on its new routes to/from Dallas Love Field when you book by April 26 for flights October 13-November 20. For example, without the promo these flights to/from LAX to DAL are $79 in coach, $249 in Main Cabin Select and $449 in First Class each way.

Screen Shot 2014-04-25 at 9.58.40 AMHowever, when you enter the promo code LOVE50 when searching for airfares, they price out at $79 in Main Cabin, $130 in Main Cabin Select and $230 in First Class. The biggest discount is Main Cabin Select, but that First Class discount isn’t bad either!

Screen Shot 2014-04-25 at 9.59.25 AMBefore you go searching and booking, there are a few restrictions and dates to be aware of:

This offer is valid only for Dallas Love Field (DAL)-SFO, DAL-LAX, DAL-DCA and DAL-LGA non-stop flights, for bookings made on using promo code provided on web site; offer is not valid for any other routes. Travel for DAL-SFO, DAL-LAX, and DAL-DCA must occur between October 13, 2014 and November 20, 2014. Travel for DAL-LGA must occur between October 28, 2014 and November 20, 2014. Promo code is valid on DAL routes for Instant Upgrade to Main Cabin Select and non-refundable First Class tickets only. Promo code is not valid for Main Cabin, Main Cabin Select refundable or First Class refundable tickets. Promo code is valid for a 50% discount off the base fare for travel.

So just be aware of the dates, but if you have some travel you know you can book now, might as well look into the fares here so you can get a better seat at a discount as well as having options for flying into/out of Dallas without having to hike out to DFW.

The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN

Though the Business Gold Rewards card doesn’t have the benefits package of the more premium Business Platinum Card, it also doesn’t have that card’s $450 annual fee. In fact, the $175 annual fee on this one is waived the first year, so getting it is like a risk-free trial of its benefits plus it comes with appealing bonus spending categories like 3x on the category of choice and a range of 2x spending categories as well.

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  • Special Offer: Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $5,000 in purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership
  • Get 3x points - Choose 1 out of 5 categories
  • Plus, 2X points on the 4 remaining categories and 1X points on other purchases
  • 3X and 2X apply to the first $100,000 in purchases in each of the 5 categories per year, 1X point per dollar thereafter
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  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175
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