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Virgin America has made it quite easy for frequent flyers to earn status before the end-of-year deadline. In September, Amex and Virgin introduced a partnership that rewards Elevate Gold Status for transferring points, and now Virgin is offering double Elevate points on travel this fall, which count towards status.
Elevate members will have until November 19 to earn double Elevate points on travel with Virgin America. Usually Elevate points are earned at a rate of 5 points per dollar, so this promotion will net you 10 points per dollar, instead. Note that Virgin America prices award tickets based on the revenue ticket price, so redemption amounts can vary quite a bit between different flights.
Earning Silver or Gold status with Virgin requires 20,000 or 50,000 status points, respectively, although that’s not the only way to earn Elevate status. Amex is currently offering Gold status for transferring 80k MR points to the carrier and Virgin America also matches status with select airline programs, such as United MileagePlus and Delta SkyMiles. One of the best ways to earn Membership Rewards points is with the Amex Premier Rewards Gold Card, which offer 3x points earned on travel booked directly with airlines.
While the promotion is available until November 19, you must register for the promotion through Virgin America’s website before your travel dates, otherwise you might not be eligible to earn the bonus.