Flash Sale: Holiday Travel From $99 Each Way on Virgin America

Dec 6, 2016

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For all of those who have yet to book Christmastime travel — this one’s for you. Virgin America has shared the details of a flash sale it’s running through Thursday December 8, through which you can book seats in the airline’s Main Cabin Select seats from just $99 each way on select routes, including dates just before and just after Christmas. First-class seats are on sale as well. Availability is limited, but there are definitely some great deals to be had. In some cases, this promo has made Main Cabin Select seats cheaper than regular economy seats on the same flight, as you can see below. Since these fares are only available on Virgin America’s site, you’re unfortunately unable to use the Visa Infinite airfare discount or 50% Amex points rebate with this flash sale.

Book a Main Cabin Select seat at the same price (or cheaper) than a Main Cabin seat.

Note these important limitations from Virgin:

For travel solely between points in the Continental Western Region (LAS/LAX/PDX/PSP/PVR/SAN/SEA/SFO/SJD only), DAL-LAS, and DEN-SFO, changes or cancellations can be made for a $100 fee per guest through all channels, plus any increase in fare, if applicable.

Airline: Virgin America
Route: Limited domestic routes
Cost: $99 + one-way in Main Cabin Select, $149 + one-way in First Class
Dates: Sale ends December 8, 2016 at 11:59pm ET
Booking Link: Virgin America
Pay With: American Express Platinum Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Las Vegas (LAS) to Los Angeles (LAX) for $196 round-trip in Main Cabin Select:

Las Vegas (LAS) to Los Angeles (LAX) for $296 round-trip in first class:

Portland (PDX) to San Francisco (SFO) for $346 round-trip in first class:

Denver (DEN) to San Francisco (SFO) for $396 round-trip in first class:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!

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