The Virgin America and Alaska Airlines Merger Could Close Soon

Update 9/26/16: Following a discussion with the Justice Department, Alaska has confirmed that it won’t merge with Virgin America prior to October 17, 2016. On the heels of the huge Marriott-Starwood news from earlier, it seems that the theme for today is mergers. In April, Alaska Airlines made news when it announced its deal to acquire Virgin…

500 Free Elevate Points for Opting-In to Virgin Sport Emails

Virgin America has gotten in the habit of giving away free points recently. In February, Virgin offered 500 bonus points for each friend you referred. A couple of weeks ago, the airline started offering 500 points for signing up for Virgin Hotel emails (still valid through September 30). Now, there’s a new 500-point bonus for opting-in for Virgin Sport…

Earn Virgin America Gold Status for Transferring 80k Amex Points

In what might be a new annual tradition, Virgin America is partnering with American Express to offer Virgin American Gold status for transferring Membership Reward points. Now through October 31, 2016, transfer 80,000 Membership Reward points to Virgin America’s Elevate program for Virgin America Gold status and 50,000 Elevate points. Status will be awarded within…

500 Free Elevate Points When You Sign Up For Virgin Hotel Emails

Looking to boost your Virgin America elevate balance for free, with minimal effort required? The airline is currently offering 500 bonus points via this promotion — simply sign up for Virgin Hotel email alerts by September 30 and you’ll see an additional 500 Elevate points in your account within 10 days. You’ll need to agree to receive Virgin Hotel promotional…

Comparing Premium Airline Service To Hawaii

There are plenty of great reasons to visit Hawaii, and there are fortunately plenty of options to get there in a premium cabin. However, as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele explains below, not all first- and business-class service to the islands offers an especially luxurious experience. Read on for a rundown of all…

Virgin America Targets JetBlue Point Matchers with Discount

Did you take advantage of that incredible JetBlue point-match offer back in June? If so, check your email, because you might have received a special offer. Yesterday, Virgin America sent out a batch of emails apparently targeting Elevate members who took advantage of this JetBlue point-matching offer. Specifically, Virgin America’s trigger seems to be travelers who…

Get a 2-for-1 Virgin America Voucher at This Saturday’s SF Giants Game

Update: Upon further inspection of the terms and conditions, it appears that these vouchers are not limited to travel within the Western Region. The text below has been updated to reflect this change. The San Francisco-based airline Virgin America is teaming up with its hometown baseball team to offer fans discounted travel. The first 40,000…

Score 999 Elevate Points in Honor of Virgin America’s 9th Birthday

Virgin America is celebrating it’s ninth birthday today, and the San Francisco-based airline has a present for you: a special promotion where Elevate members can earn 999 Elevate bonus points just for enrolling, booking and flying between now and September 30, 2016 — if you’re not already an Elevate member, you can still create an account in order…

American, United and Virgin Match JetBlue Mint Transcon Fares

In June 2014, JetBlue revolutionized the transcontinental premium-class market by launching JetBlue Mint. Not only does JetBlue Mint provide an exceptional product, but it’s also priced well below the competition — just $599 one-way or $1,198 round-trip. TPG himself was one of the early adopters of JetBlue Mint and has preferred it ever since. Once JetBlue Mint caught on…

Virgin America Adding More Flights from the West Coast to Newark

First Southwest announced upcoming service between EWR and Puerto Rico, then Alaska Airlines shared its plans to fly to EWR from three new West Coast cities and several other carriers announced new routes to the airport. Now Virgin America is expanding its service to Newark with new round-trip transcontinental flights. Starting on November 18, 2016, the carrier…