As I’ve written about a countless number of times before, airfare has been way up the past couple of years as a result of consolidation and an improved global economy. One interesting result of this is that we’ve seen the gap between economy and first class fares narrow quite a bit. In many cases first and business class fares have actually decreased, to the point that they’re almost similarly priced to economy.
Anyway, Virgin America is an airline that seems to run quite a few promotions offering discounts on First Class and Main Cabin Select, and they’re back with another one of those promotions for the holidays.
Virgin America First Class
Virgin America is offering 50% off First Class and Main Cabin Select fares booked by 11:59PM PT on Sunday, December 14, 2014, and for travel between December 19, 2014, and January 2, 2015. Simple use promo code MERRY50 at the time of booking.
This promotion actually makes First Class cheaper than Main Cabin in many markets. For example, between San Francisco and Los Angeles the Main Cabin fare is $193, while the First Class fare is $128:
So if you haven’t yet booked your domestic holiday travel, it might be worth checking out Virgin America, and giving their First Class or Main Cabin Select a shot.
The full terms of the promotion are as follows:
* This offer ends on December 14, 2014 at 11:59pm PT. The 50% promo code is valid for non-stop or connecting travel within the domestic US in First Class and Main Cabin Select only. Travel must occur between December 19, 2014 and January 2, 2015. Promo code is not valid on Main Cabin fares. Promo code may be used only towards newly booked travel and may not be applied to prior bookings. Promo code discount will be deducted off of base fare. Base fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th Security Fees of $5.60 per one-way trip or stopover, and a Federal Segment Tax of $4.00 per domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. A stopover is a break in travel of more than 4 hours between 2 flights. Promo code may not be redeemed for cash. Promo code may only be used for bookings made on virginamerica.com and is only valid on itineraries of up to 2 guests only. Offer is not transferable and cannot be combined with any other offers. Promotion code is not eligible for Elevate point redemption bookings. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. If travel is changed or cancelled, promo code discount will become invalid For Main Cabin Select, travel solely between points in the Western Region (LAS/LAX/PDX/PSP/PVR/SAN/SEA/SFO/SJD only) changes or cancellations can be made for a $100 fee per guest through all channels, plus any increase in fare, if applicable. For all other itineraries, changes or cancellations can be made for a $150 fee per guest through all channels, plus any increase in fare, if applicable. For First Class, changes or cancellations can be made without a fee; an increase in fare will be collected if applicable. Any remaining balance will be placed in a guest’s travel bank, good for travel on Virgin America for one year from date of issue. Guests who no-show without a change or cancellation prior to the scheduled departure time will forfeit the amount of this fare. In addition, any future flights booked in the same reservation will also be canceled and the fare will be forfeited. Tickets purchased from Virgin America through our reservation call center will cost an additional $20 per guest per itinerary. Any added cost associated with purchasing tickets from Virgin America through our reservation call center will be non-refundable. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket. Fares, routes, fees and schedules are subject to change without notice. . For Main Cabin Select, Virgin America will accept one (1) piece of checked baggage up to 50 pounds free of charge for each ticketed guest. The fee per guest for each additional checked bag up to 50 pounds from the second (2) to the tenth (10) is $25. For First Class, Virgin America will accept two (2) pieces of checked baggage up to 50 pounds free of charge for each ticketed guest. The fee per guest for each additional checked bag up to 50 pounds from the third (3) to the tenth (10) is $25. Additional fees apply to baggage exceeding these weight limitations, and other baggage restrictions may apply.