Earn 1,000 Virgin America Miles by Signing Up for Two Emails (In One Minute)

Through September 30th, 2016, sign up to receive emails from Virgin Hotels and Virgin Sport and earn 500 Virgin America points for each.

Sign up for Virgin Hotels promotional emails here
Sign up for Virgin Sport promotional emails here

These aren’t huge miles, but they are easy to get, since signing up will take no time and is free.

Considering I value Virgin America Elevate miles more than any other mile at 2.3 cents each, signing up for both of these emails is a no brainer.

Updated: Best Offer of the Year? JetBlue Matching Virgin America Points!

Update July 7, 2016: You can fly two one ways (or an open jaw) on JetBlue to qualify for the points match, you do not have to fly a classic roundtrip.

The qualifying date to register in this points match promotion has already passed. If you registered, congratulations on all the free JetBlue points coming your way! To clarify the second half of what is necessary to earn the TrueBlue points: You are not restricted to having to fly an actual roundtrip on JetBlue by August 31, 2016.

Why the JetBlue Plus Card is Now Much More Interesting

If you haven't heard yet, JetBlue's frequent flyer program TrueBlue is running an incredible promotion right now-- read this learn how to enter.

Virgin America Will Match Your Elite Status until 2017

For a 90 trial period, Virgin America will match the status you have with either JetBlue, United, Delta, Southwest, or American Airlines to either Elevate Gold or Silver. The offer is valid until 11.59 PM PT September 30, 2016.

Current State of Virgin Australia Flat Bed Award Space (40k One Way to Australia)

Last week I wrote about SPG's newest airline transfer partner. You can now transfer Starpoints 1:1 to Virgin America Elevate points and get 5,000 bonus Virgin America points for every 20,000 Starpoints transferred. That's particularly amazing because Virgin America is a 2:1 transfer partner of American Express and Citi (eg 20k Membership Rewards = 10k Virgin America points.)

One of the best deals with Virgin America points is flying Virgin Australia from Los Angeles to Sydney or Brisbane.

HUGE! SPG Adds Virgin America as 1:1 Transfer Partner, 30k Points Roundtrip in Flat Bed to Europe

Effective immediately, you can transfer SPG Starpoints to Virgin Elevate points at a 1:1 rate. Like all 1:1 partners of SPG, you get 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 points transferred, so 20,000 Starpoints equals 25,000 Virgin America points. This is 2-and-a-half times the Virgin America points that you get from competing transferable points.

Alaska Airlines Will Buy Virgin America. Impact on Miles & Points?

Today Alaska Airlines announced it will buy Virgin America, after weeks of speculation. Alaska beat out JetBlue in the bidding.

Alaska is predicting that it will take nine months to close the deal and another year beyond that for the carriers to combine onto a single operating certificate.

To give you an idea of the relative sizes of these airlines, look at the 2015 passenger numbers for North American airlines, according to Wikipedia.

Virgin America is a minnow.

Sweetspots with Virgin America Elevate Points: 35,000 Points Roundtrip to Europe in a Flatbed

This post is part of a series about how to maximize value when transferring your Citi ThankYou Points to airline partners.

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Sweetspots with Virgin Atlantic Miles #1: 10,000 Points USA to Europe
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Sweetspots with Virgin America Points: 35,000 Points Roundtrip to Europe in Flat Bed (this post)
Sweetspots with Flying Blue Miles: 30,000 Miles Roundtrip to Hawaii

50% Transfer Bonus AMEX to Virgin America Means 47k Roundtrip Flat Beds to Europe

Through March 10, 2016, American Express is offering a 50% transfer bonus from Membership Rewards to Virgin America Elevate Points.

The normal transfer ratio is 200 Membership Rewards to 100 Elevate Points, but for the next month, the ratio will be 200 Membership Rewards to 150 Elevate Points.

How Membership Rewards Work
As a quick refresher, there are two ways to use Membership Rewards:

The dumb way: use them like cash to purchase flights, car rentals, hotels, or cruises at a paltry rate of 1 cent per point
The smart way: transfer them to one of the 16 airline partners

Citi ThankYou Points Transfer to Virgin America Elevate Points

The Citi Prestige offer mentioned in this post is expired. See the new offer and analysis here.


Citi ThankYou Points have added a new airline transfer partner--its 12th--Virgin America Elevate Points. The normal transfer ratio will be 1,000 ThankYou Points to 500 Elevate Points, but there is a 25% transfer bonus through October 21, 2015, so 1,000 ThankYou Points equal 625 Elevate Points at the moment.

How ThankYou Points Work
As a quick refresher, there are two ways to use ThankYou Points:

Use them like cash to purchase any flight on any airline with no blackouts.