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Saturday Recap: Double or Triple Virgin America Elevate Points, Double TrueBlue points with Hilton, 20,000 bonus AAdvantage Miles On Flights to Lima, Bonus Alaska Airlines Miles with Avis

March 16, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Double or Triple Virgin America Elevate Points: Now through June 30, 2013, Virgin America Elevate members can earn either double or even triple points on West Coast flights. Elevate members will earn double points on all qualifying flights from SFO to Las Vegas, […]

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Saturday Recap: 20% Mileage Bonus for Miles & More members, Delta Increasing Service at Los Angeles

March 9, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: 20% Mileage Bonus for Miles & More members: Now through March 31, 2013, Lufthansa is offering a 20% mileage bonus on award miles for their Miles & More members. They are offering this promotion as a way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the […]

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Easy 500 Free Virgin America Elevate Points

March 5, 2013

Virgin America is running an easy promotion on Facebook where you can earn 500 Virgin America Elevate points just for liking them on Facebook and entering their contest with Singapore Airlines now through March 31, 2013. To be eligible, you must first “like” Virgin America and then just fill out the form as prompted with your name, email address, […]

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What To Do If Superstorm Nemo Derails Your Travel Plans

February 7, 2013

With a massive Noreaster bearing down on the East Coast, I wanted to put together a few tips and a handy consolidated resource of the current travel advisories and flight change and refund policies of the major airlines so that you don’t get stranded this weekend. If you do think your travel plans are in […]

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Airline Status Match and Challenge Information For 2013

January 30, 2013

At the end of February, many of you who did not accrue enough elite miles/points in 2012 will be dropped from your current elite status level. However, you can still use your existing status to challenge to another airline, which can be good until the end of February 2014. Just note that if you did […]

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Earn Bonus Miles with KrisFlyer and Elevate Frequent Flyer Programs

January 9, 2013

Singapore Airlines has launched a codeshare partnership with Virgin America so now you can connect to your Singapore Airlines flight from Chicago, Washington D.C, Philadelphia, Dallas and several other cities served by Virgin America. To celebrate the launch of their codeshare relationship with Virgin America, the airlines have also announced a bonus miles/points promotion. Fly […]

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Maximize Monday: Choosing the Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Airfare

January 7, 2013

Maximize Monday is a new weekly series, where I’ll dig into different topics and offer my suggestions on how you can change your habits in order to get the most bang for your buck (and points). If you have any topic ideas, please feel free to Tweet me @thepointsguy or email me at [email protected] For […]

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The Points Guy 2012 Year In Review

December 31, 2012

As 2012 comes to an end, I wanted to take stock of what turned out to be another exciting, challenging and ultimately rewarding year both on ThePointsGuy.com and personally. I visited over 20 countries, flew dozens of airlines, flew about 200,000 miles the good old-fashioned way and spent nearly 160 nights in hotels – and […]

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Last-Minute Virgin America Elevate Elite Status Qualification Ideas

December 14, 2012

Over the course of this week, I’ll be going through ideas on how you can score some last-minute elite-qualifying miles on the US legacy carriers to put you over the edge for elite status qualification before the end of the year. Posts so far include Last-Minute MQM Ideas for Delta Medallion Qualification, Last-Minute Elite Status […]

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Free Day Passes to LAX’s New Virgin America Loft

December 13, 2012

Virgin America just announced the opening of their new Virgin America Loft lounge at LAX (they already have lounges at JFK, Washington Dulles and SFO), which is meant to “extend the airline’s signature cabin experience into the airport space with amenities like a cocktail and dining experience with a Virgin twist – including a ‘Lofty […]

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My Virgin America Gold Status Begins… Now What?

December 3, 2012

Last month, Virgin America started offering elite flyers of American and United the chance to status match to the two elite tiers of its own Elevate points program. Though I don’t really think I’ll switch to Virgin America because their routes network isn’t extensive enough for me, I figured I might as well take advantage […]

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Reasonable Flights Abound: JetBlue and Virgin America Flight Discounts and Overall Fare Observations

November 20, 2012

Outside of peak holiday travel dates, winter travel is generally a slower period for the airlines and they’re more motivated to discount fares to fill plane. This summer I thought fares were noticeably higher than past years and I was worried that they wouldn’t come back down- especially with so much industry consolidation within the […]

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Hawaiian and Virgin America Partnership: Potentially Lucrative Award Opportunities

November 16, 2012

Virgin America and Hawaiian Airlines just announced a new partnership and codeshare agreement that allows members of both frequent flyer programs to book flights on the other carrier. This is great news for members of both programs: Hawaiian members (and thus those with American Express Membership Rewards points because they are a 1:1 transfer partner), […]

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Virgin America Elevate Program Offers Status Match/ Challenge Program

November 14, 2012

Virgin America launched its Elevate elite status program back in July, and now it’s offering members the chance to status match. Between now and April 30, 2013, qualifying elite level flyers from United Airlines and American Airlines’ frequent flyer programs will be able to request matched status to Virgin America’s Elevate Gold and Elevate Silver […]

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50% Virgin America Transfer Bonus From Amex Until November 21

November 7, 2012

Update: This is a targeted offer so in order to see if it is available to you, you will have to log into your Membership Rewards account and go to the Virgin America transfer page to see the transfer ratio. Now through November 21, American Express Membership Rewards is giving a (targeted) 50% bonus when […]

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Consolidated List of Hurricane Sandy Flight Refund and Change Policies

October 28, 2012

The East Coast is battening the hatches as Hurricane Sandy bears down on it, and airlines have already issued travel advisories and cancellation/refund policies. The bad news is that 900 flights have been cancelled up and down the East Coast today already, and airlines expect that over 2,500 will be cancelled for Monday. The good […]

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20% Off Virgin America Flights and Double Points On West Coast Flights

October 11, 2012

Virgin America is currently holding a Facebook promotion to win a four-night stay at a Waldorf Astoria hotel or resort of your choice plus a flight for you and one other passenger for a long weekend anywhere Virgin flies. But more interestingly, when you like Virgin on the offer page, you’ll get a promo code […]

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50% Bonus on Purchasing Virgin America Elevate Points Until October 26- Worth It?

October 5, 2012

It seems like October is quite the month for mileage specials with United, American and US Airways all running offers. Virgin America is also running a 50% bonus on purchased miles until October 26, 2012. The Elevate program is a hybrid fixed value/ traditional frequent flyer programs – when you redeem on Virgin America you […]

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Reminder: Last Day For 20,000 Point Virgin America Visa Sign Up Bonus

August 31, 2012

Just a friendly reminder for you Virgin America flyers that the special 20,000-point sign up offer for the Virgin America Visa is ending today, August 31, 2012. While 20,000 points might not seem like a huge amount, usually the first-use bonus on this card is just 10,000 points, so this promo is worth double, and […]

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30% Bonus on Amex to Virgin America Elevate Transfers Until September 2, 2012

August 27, 2012

American Express Membership Rewards added the Virgin America Elevate program as transfer partner in October of 2011, but as I wrote about when it first launched, the transfer ratio is a dismal 2 Amex points per 1 Elevate point. Virgin America Elevate is a fixed value rewards program, which means you can use points to […]

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Virgin America Visa 20,000 Point Signup Bonus Until August 31, 2012

August 23, 2012

The first-use bonus on the Virgin America Visa Signature is usually just 10,000 Elevate points, but from now through August 31, the first-use bonus is double that, at 20,000 Elevate points, which equates to as much as $460 in Virgin America flights since Elevate points are worth about 1.6-2.3 cents a piece when redeemed for […]

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Free Hilton Gold Status and Up To 50,000 Points (Targeted)

August 11, 2012

Hilton HHonors has launched several different offers for members of their airline partners with bonuses of up to 50,000 HHonors points and Gold Status. Each offer is for a targeted group of members of the the following airline partners: American, Delta, US Airways, United, American, Jetblue and Virgin America. All of these offers  include instant HHonors […]

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Transcontinental Series: Virgin America

August 1, 2012

This is a post in my new Transcontinental Series aimed at helping flyers choose the best options while flying coast-to-coast, as well as strategies on leveraging elite status and miles to get the most valuable upgrades possible. Other posts include: American Airlines, Delta and United. Today I’ll be talking about Virgin America’s transcontinental routes from LAX/SFO to JFK. Virgin America primarily […]

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20% Off Virgin America Flights First Pitch Promo

July 25, 2012

Virgin America is hosting a contest in conjunction with the San Francisco Giants to throw out the first pitch televised live on Virgin America flight. By entering the contest, however, you also earn a 20% discount on Virgin America itinerary this fall. Enter by August 15, 2012, and you’ll be emailed a discount code that […]

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