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Good evening everyone. I’m really excited that Virgin America flights are now booking with Alaska Airlines miles. I have had my eye on a SFO-JFK flight around Labor Day Weekend, but I was waiting for an airfare sale before booking. I was leaning toward JetBlue or Virgin America since I have lots of miles with those airlines, but I was just waiting for the price to drop. Here are the current prices for a one way flight in economy, business, and first. I’m not sure why some flights fall into business class and not first class, but whatever.
Alaska Airlines just published their award chart for travel on Virgin America and the prices look pretty good. Intrastate works best for California since you can fly between SFO-LAX-SAN. I’m not sure what other states have multiple airports served by Virgin America – does anyone know? First class flights in the continental US are reasonably priced. Virgin America flights to Hawaii and Mexico can also be a good deal, assuming you can find award space and paid flights are expensive .
Going back to my SFO-JFK Virgin America first class flight, the current price is $1,299 or 62,708 Virgin America miles. There are currently 5 first class award seats listed. I wonder what the award price would be if I used Alaska Airlines miles…
I plugged in my flight details on Alaska Airlines’ website and searched for award flights.
Here are the search results. I am not sure why First Class is cheaper than Main Cabin, but I didn’t want to wait and find out. I think the 30,000 mile option is the refundable economy ticket price. Either way, I selected the 25,000 mile option for first class.
I confirmed the details and the price of the award ticket.
I then selected my first class seat.
I reviewed all the details again and paid the $5.60 with my Citi Prestige Credit Card (I will get the charge reimbursed by Citi in a few days, thanks to my $250 airline credit).
My SFO-JFK flight is confirmed. On the reservation there is an Alaska Airlines and Virgin America confirmation code that look almost identical. I will need to use the Virgin America confirmation code when I check in for my flight on Virgin America.
For fun, I refreshed my search on Virgin America’s website and now there are only 4 first class award seats available. It seems that inventory updates pretty quickly between Virgin America and Alaska Airlines. This is also a quick and easy way to check the number of award seats that Alaska Airlines has access to before searching on Alaska Airlines’ website.
Lastly, you can convert Virgin America miles into Alaska Airlines miles at a 1 : 1.3 ratio (but not vice versa). If I wanted to book this award ticket and didn’t have any Alaska Airlines miles, I could convert 19,231 Virgin America miles into 25,000 Alaska Airlines miles. I am not sure how quick the conversion process is or if you have to transfer in 1,000 mile increments, but I am sure someone knows the answer to those questions.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great evening everyone!