Alaska Airlines Confirms Deal to Acquire Virgin America

Alaska Airlines just confirmed its plans to acquire Virgin America in a post on… Instagram. According to a CNBC report, Alaska will purchase Virgin for $57 per share in a deal that’s valued at roughly $4 billion in total, including debt, beating the top offer of bidding war partner JetBlue. That’s a HUGE jump over…

Maximizing Citi ThankYou Rewards For Domestic Flights

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi ThankYou Premier, Citi ThankYou Preferred Citi’s ThankYou Rewards program has gained a lot of value in the past year or so thanks to the addition of 13 travel transfer partners and the revamping of specific credit cards like the Citi…

Alaska and JetBlue Bid to Acquire Virgin America

It’s not just Starwood and Marriott/Anbang making big acquisition news this week — Virgin America is also on the market, and according to a Bloomberg story posted today, two major US carriers (Alaska Airlines and JetBlue) have both expressed serious interest in acquiring the carrier. Bloomberg cites “people familiar with the matter,” which often indicates “off…

Virgin America Elevate Offers New Status Match/Challenge

Attention elite flyers: Virgin America recently began offering loyalists of American, Delta, United and Southwest the chance to sign up for a status match and enroll in a challenge for its Elevate program. Here’s how the match/challenge breaks down: Elevate Silver Elevate Gold American Gold Platinum, Executive Platinum Delta Silver Medallion, Gold Medallion Platinum Medallion, Diamond Medallion United Premier…

Save Up to 25% on Virgin America Flights to Hawaii and Mexico

Virgin America is offering a sale on flights to Hawaii and Mexico for travel this spring. The airline currently has service to Honolulu (HNL) and Maui (OGG), as well as Cancun (CUN), Los Cabos (SJD) and Puerto Vallarta (PVR). Apply promo code VACAY25 to your itinerary during booking to take advantage of the discount. The best deals…

Is a Transfer Bonus Worthwhile if I Don’t Have Travel Plans?

TPG reader Adam emailed me to ask about transfer bonuses: “I saw that Amex was offering a bonus for transfers to Virgin America. Should I take advantage of these bonuses even if I don’t already have plans to travel?” Amex Membership Rewards used to routinely offer transfer bonuses as high as 50% to British Airways, Delta and other airline partners….

Virgin America Rumored to be Considering a Sale

More consolidation could be coming to the airline industry soon with rumors that part or all of Virgin America might be sold off. No official decisions or plans have been made as of yet, but the airline is reportedly reaching out to potential (and unknown) buyers about a full or partial sale of the carrier. Virgin America hasn’t officially…

The Best Airlines for Customer Service on Twitter

Getting ahold of airline representatives when something goes wrong can be a daunting task. If you call a carrier’s standard phone line, you’re bound to sit on hold for extended periods, not to mention the ensuing transfers from representative to representative. But with Twitter as an option, the whole process becomes much more painless. According to…

Sir Richard Branson Talks Virgin America, Points Programs & More

At an event celebrating new Virgin America service to Denver, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele had a chance to sit down with Sir Richard Branson. Read on for his interview, which touches on the importance of loyalty programs, customer experience and more.  Virgin America recently launched service to Denver, and to commemorate…

Get Unlimited Changes to Your Itinerary with Virgin America

Change fees are one of the worst parts of booking flights. You never know when something will come up — and there’s not much you can do to get around paying. It’s also one of the reasons that dealing with Southwest can be such a pleasure. Virgin America is the latest airline to offer such a…