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…

Top 10 Airport Lounges in the US and How You Can Get In

Being able to access an airport lounge can make all the difference when you’re traveling, thanks to free drinks, snacks, Wi-Fi (and thus a little extra time for productivity) and a few moments away from the hectic main terminal. Unfortunately, most airport lounges in the US aren’t much more than dreary way stations little better…

8 Incredible Islands to Escape the Cold This Winter

While there are still a few weeks to go before spring rolls around, you can beat the system by wintering in these summer locales, island hopping everywhere from Maui to the Maldives. TPG Contributor Lane Nieset takes us around the globe to eight beautiful spots worth spending some time in this season. The best part: They’re all…