Virgin America Elevate is a revenue-based program, which can make earning elite status and free flights more difficult since it means (by definition) that you must spend more on tickets to accrue the necessary points.
However, Elevate has been making it easier recently. Just last fall they offered bonus points and elite status if you transferred a large block of Membership Rewards points. Now they’re offering double points on travel booked and flown between January 19 and February 29. The booking requirement means this promotion excludes travel already booked. Registration is required before travel.
General members of Elevate earn 5 points per dollar, and this promotion will provide them with a total of 10 points per dollar. Elevate Gold members receive an additional 5 points as a benefit of elite status, for a total of 15 points per dollar.
Points are worth roughly 2.2 cents each when redeemed on Virgin America (other partners such as Singapore Airlines, Emirates, and other Virgin-branded carriers are also available). At 2.2 cents per point, this reflects a 22-33% rebate on travel during this period depending on your status.
Virgin America’s presence is strongest in San Francisco, where they just launched new routes to Honolulu and Maui. However, they also operate up and down the West Coast with some longer routes out East. Now is as good at time as any to try them out if you haven’t yet had the opportunity.
Travel must be between San Francisco (SFO) or Los Angeles (LAX) and one of the following cities: Austin (AUS), Boston (BOS), Cancun (CUN), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DAL), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Honolulu (HNL), Maui (OGG), Los Cabos (SJD), New York City (JFK), Newark (EWR), Orlando (MCO), Puerto Vallarta (PVR), Seattle (SEA), and Washington, DC (DCA / IAD). Additional qualifying routes include (1) flights between Dallas (DAL) and New York City (LGA) or Washington, DC (DCA); (2) flights between New York City (JFK) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Las Vegas (LAS) or Palm Springs (PSP); and (3) flights between Boston (BOS) and Las Vegas (LAS.)
Partial Terms & Conditions
Only one registration is required to participate in this offer. The typical earn for Elevate members is 5 points per $1 spent on the base fare and 5 status points per $1 spent on base fare. To qualify for this offer, guests must a) be enrolled in Elevate prior to registering for the offer, b) register for the offer prior to their travel date and c) correctly add their Elevate account number to their reservation prior to their first travel date.
In this offer, you will earn 100% bonus points per $1 spent on the base fare for a total of 10 points and 5 status credits per $1 spent on the base fare for all qualifying flights booked and flown a) between January 19, 2016 and February 29, 2016
Only tickets that are ticketed on a Virgin America prefix (’VX’) and operated on Virgin America will qualify for this offer subject to these terms. Bonus Points will be posted to the member’s account within 4-6 weeks after qualifying flights are flown.