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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
For all of those who have yet to book Thanksgiving travel — this one’s for you. Virgin America has shared the details of a flash sale it’s running through tomorrow, November 9, in which you can score a 50% discount on select Main Cabin Select and First Class seats. Note that availability is limited, but there are definitely some great deals to be had. In some cases, this promo has made Main Cabin Select seats cheaper than regular economy seats on the same flight, as you can see below.
When booking your tickets, make sure to enter the promo code GOBBLE50 before completing your purchase. Also note that since these fares are only available on Virgin America’s site, you’re unfortunately unable to use the Visa Infinite airfare discount or 50% Amex points rebate with this flash sale.
Note these important limitations from Virgin:
For travel solely between points in the Continental Western Region (LAS/LAX/PDX/PSP/PVR/SAN/SEA/SFO/SJD only), DEN-SFO and DAL-LAS, changes or cancellations can be made for a $100 fee per guest through all channels, plus any increase in fare, if applicable.
Airline: Virgin America
Route: Limited domestic routes
Cost: 50% off some Main Cabin Select and First Class fares
Dates: Sale ends November 9, 2016 at 11:50pm ET
Booking Link: Virgin America
Pay With: American Express Platinum Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Dallas (DAL) to Las Vegas (LAS) for $202 round-trip in Main Cabin Select:
Dallas (DAL) to Las Vegas (LAS) for $412 round-trip in First Class:
Los Angeles (LAX) to San Francisco (SFO) for $232 round-trip in First Class:
Denver (DEN) to San Francisco (SFO) for $262 round-trip in First Class:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
|Intro APR||Regular APR||Annual Fee||Foreign Transaction Fee||Credit Rating|
|N/A||16.24%-23.24% Variable||Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95||0%||Excellent Credit|