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A few weeks ago Virgin America had a sale offering 50% off First Class & Main Cabin Select fares for travel over Thanksgiving, which was a great opportunity for those who waited until the last minute to plan their holiday travel.
Virgin America is now back with a similar sale for Christmas and New Year’s, though in most instances it’s not quite as lucrative. Still, this can represent a great opportunity.
Virgin America is offering discounted First Class & Main Cabin Select tickets for travel between December 17, 2016, and January 1, 2017. The promotion is valid for bookings made through 11:59PM CT on Thursday, December 8, 2017, and a 10 day advance purchase is required. As is usually the case with promotions, there are capacity controls, so not every seat will be available through this promotion.
In this case the promotion isn’t being marketed as a percent off the normal cost, but rather there are fixed costs for seats available through the promotion. Not all markets are eligible, though lots are.
Here are examples of some of the eligible fares:
On the surface this fares don’t seem exceptional at all, but keep in mind that we’re just a couple of weeks from one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, and at this point economy fares are ridiculously expensive. So while these don’t seem great, some of the airfare I’m saying in the days before Christmas are horrendous.
For example, take the below itinerary between Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles, where two of the three flights are more or less the same price in first class as in economy.
If you do end up booking one of these fares, be sure you use a card that helps you maximize your spend on airfare, like The Platinum Card® from American Express, which offers 5x points on airfare purchased directly with airlines.
Virgin America’s first class is significantly nicer than what you’d otherwise get in domestic first class, so this is a nice opportunity to fly a comfortable product for a modest premium.
Anyone plan on taking advantage of this Virgin America fare sale?