Virgin America Offering Bonus Elevate Points For Transcons

Virgin America is offering Elevate members a pretty lucrative promotion for coast-to-coast flying. The promotion is valid for flights booked by March 31, 2014, for travel through April 9, 2014.

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The following destinations out of Los Angeles are eligible for this promotion:

  • Newark
  • New York JFK
  • Philadelphia
  • Washington Dulles

And the following destinations out of San Francisco are eligible for this promotion:

  • Newark
  • New York JFK
  • Philadelphia
  • Washington Dulles
  • Washington Reagan

Both nonstop and connecting flights qualify. That means, for example, if you flew roundtrip from Seattle to Newark via San Francisco, that would qualify for this promotion.

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Through this promotion the bonus Elevate points earned per roundtrip ticket are as follows:

  • First Class Refundable (J) — 10,000 points
  • First Class (C,D) — 7,500 points
  • Main Cabin Select (W) — 7,500 points
  • Instant Upgrade To Main Cabin Select (Q,Z) — 5,000 points
  • Main Cabin Refundable (Y,B,V) — 5,000 points
  • Main Cabin (H,E,U,M,I,L,S,N) — 2,500 points

What makes this promotion especially unique is that they’re even offering bonus miles for paid upgrades, as follows:

  • Paid Upgrade To First Class — 5,000 points
  • Paid Upgrade To Main Cabin Select — 3,750 points

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Registration is required prior to travel, and bonus points should post four to six weeks after travel is complete. If you book a one-way ticket you can still qualify for half of the bonus points you’d earn for a roundtrip.

This is quite a nice bonus. I value Virgin America Elevate points at roughly 2.0 cents each. They can be redeemed for ~2.2 cents each towards the cost of travel on Virgin America.

So offering ~$50 of “value” for an economy class roundtrip ticket isn’t half bad, and the bonus only gets better from there. The bonus for upgrading makes sense as well, as Virgin America did raise upgrade costs a while back, to the point that they’re now up to $399 for a one-way transcon upgrade. Offering ~$100 worth of points for such a paid upgrade seems like a wise move.

Comments

  1. Lantean says

    i am traveling VA soon… but i decided to credit my miles to Singapore Krysflyer… do you think i should change it to VA Elevate because of this promo?

  2. says

    @ Lantean — Depends what your long term accrual goals are. Generally speaking I probably would credit to Elevate, since these are pretty substantial bonuses.

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