All Virgin America Credit Cards to be Closed, No Conversion to Alaska Credit Card
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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.