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We are less than three months from the end of the Virgin America Elevate program, which has left some wondering: What’s the fate of the Virgin America credit cards?
There’s been some speculation on whether or not these credit cards, issued by Comenity Capital Bank, would transfer to Alaska Airlines co-branded credit cards, issued by Bank of America. This would be a strange solution. But considering how hard banks and brands work to get new credit card holders, it would be understandable for them to work something out.
Now, we finally have a firm answer: all Virgin America co-branded credit cards will be closed on January 4, 2018. The benefits and mileage earnings on the card will end December 31 along with the end of the Elevate program, but Comenity is giving cardholders a few days to wrap up some last purchases before closing the account. Note that you “will no longer earn Elevate points for card purchases” starting January 1. So, you’ll want to switch to another credit card by the end of 2017.
If you don’t want to wait until January 4 to be shut down automatically, you can call Comenity at 1-855-871-9842 (TDD/ TTY: 1-888-819-1918) to voluntarily close your account before then.
While some cardholders might mourn the loss of a credit card with a long history, this closure means that you’ll get the chance to sign up for a new Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card rather than just converting over without a signup bonus.
The Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card currently boasts a signup bonus of 30,000 MileagePlan miles for spending just $1,000 in the first 90 days after opening. Plus, you’ll get a free companion fare ticket; pay just the taxes and fees (starting at $22) to get a buy-one-get-one-free ticket. Going forward, you’ll get 3x miles on purchases on the combined airline and 1x miles on purchases elsewhere.
Have questions about the Virgin America credit card closure? Check out Virgin America’s useful frequently asked questions page.
Alaska miles are extremely valuable because you can book awards on partners like Emirates, Icelandair, Korean Air and Japan Airlines. The current bonus of 30,000 miles can book you a roundtrip ticket on Alaska Airlines from Boston to San Diego or New York to Seattle, for example.
- Special Introductory Offer: Buy 1 ticket, get 1 for just the taxes and fees with Alaska's Famous Companion Fare™ Offer.
- Get 30,000 bonus miles after you make $1,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days of your account opening.
- Enjoy another Alaska's Famous Companion Fare™ every year from $121 ($99 plus taxes and fees from $22) on your account anniversary valid on Alaska and Virgin America flights booked on alaskaair.com.
- Save with a free checked bag on Alaska and Virgin America flights for you and up to six other passengers on the same reservation.
- Earn 3 miles for every $1 spent directly on Alaska Airlines and Virgin America purchases and 1 mile for every $1 spent on all other purchases. No foreign transaction fees.
- There are two types of cards: the Visa Signature® card and the Platinum Plus® card. The card you receive will be determined by several factors including your income and credit history.
- The benefits and bonus miles above apply to Visa Signature cards only. The Annual Fees, benefits and bonus miles for Platinum Plus® cards are different.
- For more information on the differences, see the Features section accompanying the application.