• Last chance to book Virgin America flights using Velocity points

    It’s ‘final call’ for Virgin Australia Velocity members hoping to book Virgin America flights using their hard-earned points, as the two airlines get closer to ending their mutual frequent flyer partnership following Alaska Airlines’ takeover of the Stateside carrier. The...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2017 8 Comments

  • Virgin America ends Virgin Australia frequent flyer partnership

    Virgin America will pull down the shutters on its frequent flyer partnership with Virgin Australia in September 2017, as the Branson-backed US carrier makes ready to be swallowed whole by new owner Alaska Airlines. The last date for booking Virgin America flights using Velocity points is Septemb...

    POSTED 17 Jun, 2017 6 Comments

  • Richard Branson hints at all-new US airline after Alaska spat

    Billionaire Richard Branson signaled he may jump back into the U.S. airline business after tussling with Alaska Airlines over how long the carrier must pay royalties on his Virgin America brand. Alaska has to keep paying “unless we decide to start another airline. So, we’ll see what ...

    POSTED 20 May, 2017 10 Comments

  • Alaska Airlines drops Virgin America brand, business class seats

    Alaska Airlines will axe the Virgin American brand and with it, Virgin's white leather business class seats – which are referred to as 'first class' in US parlance. In their place will go Alaska's new and decidedly conventional business class seats, with subdued light blue mood lighting ...

    POSTED 23 Mar, 2017 10 Comments

  • Alaska Airlines buys Virgin America: what it means for Aussie travellers

    Alaska Airlines is moving to takeover Virgin America in a landmark US$2.6 billion (A$3.4b) deal, consolidating the two brands as one under the existing ‘Alaska Airlines’ banner: but what does the merger mean for travellers and frequent flyers jetting to the USA and beyond? For the mo...

    POSTED 5 Apr, 2016 19 Comments

  • Virgin America offers travellers free inflight Netflix

    Virgin America is beefing up its inflight entertainment offering to provide free access to Internet streaming service Netflix on selected Airbus A320 aircraft. With its entire fleet already kitted out with ground-to-air-powered inflight Internet, Virgin America’s newest planes take advanta...

    POSTED 30 Sep, 2015 7 Comments

  • Even more April Fools

    Whether it’s a remote-controlled airline seat or baggage fees based on the colour of your suitcase, the day of the week or even your height, there’s no limit to how far North American airlines can innovate. Or if you’re after something literally ‘out of this world’,...

    POSTED 2 Apr, 2015 0 Comments

  • Virgin America moves to Gogo high-speed inflight Internet

    IN BRIEF | Virgin America is now serving up high-speed Internet on all flights with the fleetwide rollout of Gogo's fast 'ATG-4' service. Speeds beamed to the Branson-backed airline and partner to Virgin Australia now top out at 9.8Mbps – some three times the 3.1Mbps of the previ...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2014 0 Comments

  • This week

    Want to earn three times as many points when flying in first class with Virgin America, which can then be swapped for free treks from Los Angeles to New York, or even for business class flights on home soil with Virgin Australia? Or, how about double Aquire Points on all Qantas flights through t...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2014 0 Comments

  • Earn triple miles, more status points: Virgin America first class

    Business travellers heading to the United States can earn up to triple Virgin America Elevate miles in first class, while piling up bonus ‘qualifying points’ at the same time. After flying from Sydney or Brisbane to Los Angeles with Virgin Australia – or also from Melbourne unt...

    POSTED 8 Oct, 2014 0 Comments

  • Friday's frequent flyer roundup

    Buying miles in offshore frequent flyer programs sounds like a dodgy practice, but it’s completely above board and could save you thousands on your next business or first class flight with the likes of Qantas, British Airways, Cathay Pacific or Malaysia Airlines. Better yet, both US Airway...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2014 1 Comment

  • 7,500 free Virgin America Elevate frequent flyer points in sign-up bonus

    Virgin America is giving away up to 7,500 free Elevate points as a sign-up bonus for new members to its frequent flyer program, and up to 15,000 miles split 50/50 between existing and new members for referrals. The clever campaign suggests that loyalty to another airline can leave you 'trapped i...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2014 2 Comments

  • Virgin America's pocket-sized boarding pass

    Virgin America has unveilled a redesigned boarding pass designed to easily slip into a traveller's pocket. Intended for printing at the office or home as part of online checkin, the single sheet folds down to a quarter of its full size while still retaining the key travel data on the front with ...

    POSTED 27 May, 2014 24 Comments

  • Travel tip: Virgin Australia frequent flyers get priority with Virgin America

    Here's a handy shortcut to ensure that Virgin Australia's top-tier frequent flyers get priority treatment when travelling on Virgin America. Although the two Virgins are partners – with codeshare flights, reciprocal frequent flyer rights and lounge access – AusBT contributor and...

    POSTED 15 Apr, 2014 11 Comments

  • Virgin Australia lounges: access rules explained

    With Virgin Australia boasting an array of partner airlines, each with its own frequent flyer scheme and status-based privileges, it can be confusing trying to determine exactly who is eligible to use Virgin's growing network of Australian lounges. With the assistance of Virgin Australia, we've ...

    POSTED 20 Mar, 2014 25 Comments

  • Virgin America gives inflight safety video the Glee treatment

    Virgin America is sexing up its inflight safety videos with a funky song and dance number which could have come straight from an episode of Glee (or Fame, if we were back in the early 1980s). The clip will begin screening on Virgin America flights this week but has been released onto YouTube in ...

    POSTED 30 Oct, 2013 12 Comments

  • Virgin America, Emirates launch frequent flyer partnership

    A new alliance between Virgin America and Emirates will allow their customers to earn and redeem points and miles for travel on either airline, in a move set to broaden the international reach of Qantas' primary international partner. Effective immediately, members of the Virgin America and Emir...

    POSTED 23 Oct, 2013 9 Comments

  • Virgin America boosts US

    Virgin America has added a second New York airport to its transcontinental US service, increasing their appeal to Virgin Australia travellers looking to make the jump from Los Angeles to New York. On top of the current coast-to-coast shuttle from LAX and San Francisco to New York’s John F....

    POSTED 12 Apr, 2013 6 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines & Virgin America's frequent flyer partnership

    Singapore Airlines and Virgin America are opening their respective frequent flyer programmes to allow 'earn and burn' privileges on each other's flights. Under the arrangement, which came into effect on March 1, members of SQ's KrisFlyer scheme will be able to rack up the miles when flying on Vi...

    POSTED 5 Mar, 2013 1 Comment

  • Virgin America starts LAX-San Jose Silicon Valley flights

    Virgin America is aiming squarely for the technology sector with new wifi-enabled flights between Los Angeles' LAX and San Jose, the home airport for Silicon Valley. It's the first time that Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyers will be able to earn points and status credits on the route, wh...

    POSTED 5 Feb, 2013 4 Comments

  • Virgin America's LAX Loft lounge: only Australian kids allowed

    Remember how Virgin America introduced a controversial a "no kids allowed" policy at its Los Angeles LAX business lounge, The Loft? Australian Business Traveller brought you pictures and details of the swish new space last month, including news of the ban on children under 12. The airlines' pol...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2013 6 Comments

  • Virgin America: new flights from LA & SF to New York's Newark

    Australian passengers with a penchant for style, comfort, inflight internet and on-demand entertainment have a new way to get from Los Angeles and San Francisco to New York, with Virgin America set to launch new flights from LAX and SFO to Newark, NYC's second-largest airport. That's especially ...

    POSTED 11 Jan, 2013 3 Comments

  • PHOTO TOUR: inside Virgin America's swanky new Loft lounge at LAX

    Virgin America has joined its sister airlines in Australia and across the Atlantic in the "who can have the swankiest Virgin lounge" game, and its first move is the chic and stylish space it calls The Loft at Los Angeles LAX. Even better, you can also use The Loft when heading back home across t...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2012 24 Comments

  • Virgin America status match for United, American Airlines

    Virgin America is rolling out the status match red carpet to top-tier United MileagePlus Premier and American Airlines AAAdvantage Gold and Platinum members. Gold and Silver status in Virgin America's Elevate frequent flyer program are up for grabs if you're an equivalent cardholder with Un...

    POSTED 15 Nov, 2012 0 Comments

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