Virgin America has a unique first class product, which can best be compared to an international business class recliner seat. It’s significantly more comfortable than domestic first class on US carriers, though not quite as comfortable as a fully flat business class seat. But then again, fully flat business class seats aren’t typically offered on shorthaul flights within the US.
Via Conde Nast Traveler, Virgin America has a special promotion for travel this holiday season, which is especially good for travel in first class. The details are as follows:
- 50% off First Class or Main Cabin Select
- Book by December 10, 2015 using promotion code DELACREME
- Travel between December 18, 2015, and January 1, 2016
- 20% off Main Cabin
- Book today only (Tuesday, December 8, 2015) using promotion code CONDENAST
- Travel between December 18, 2015, and February 24, 2016
In some instances this can be an incredible deal. While Virgin America is fairly aggressive with their first class transcon pricing, they’re quite reasonable with their pricing in shorthaul first class.
For example, using the 50% off promotion, first class from Los Angeles to Seattle a few days before Christmas is $157, which is cheaper than economy:
The same is true for Los Angeles to San Francisco, where it’s also cheaper than economy:
What a deal!
Given that I’ve already more than requalified for Executive Platinum status with American, I’m considering the 50% off promotion for some of my holiday travel this year.
If you’d rather not credit your flights to Virgin America’s Elevate program (which is revenue based), keep in mind that you can also credit Virgin America flights to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, which is one of my favorite programs. It’s also a transfer partner for all four major transferrable points currencies, meaning it’s easy to accrue additional miles to top off your account. You earn 150% of flown miles for Virgin America first class.
This is an exceptional deal. Keep in mind that Virgin America first class has only eight seats, so chances are that seats will sell out soon on many of the “busier” flights around the holidays. Given how expensive flights around Christmas usually are to begin with, there are quite a few instances where Virgin America first class will probably be cheaper than economy on any other airline, when you factor in this promo.
Do you plan on taking advantage of Virgin America’s 50% off first class deal?
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)