Category Archives: Airlines + Miles

Too Many Restrictions for the Virgin America $150 Off Companion Discount Code

Good afternoon everyone, happy Friday.  I have a short blog post to share before I head to MSP for a short weekend trip.  Yesterday, I received an email from Virgin America regarding my $150 off companion discount code. Last month, I wrote a post about downgrading / product changing from the Virgin America Premium Visa Signature Credit Card ($149 annual fee) to the Virgin America Visa Signature Credit Card ($49 annual fee). My new code is good for travel through 9/30/2018, so I have more than a year to use the code.  Two months ago, I wrote a post showing how to redeem your Virgin America $150 off companion discount code.  In that post, I showed how to search and book a Virgin America flight using the code and I also provided a warning for when not to use the code.  Unfortunately, the code does have a lot of blackout dates and restrictions, so I recommend trying to use the code as soon as possible.  Lots of holidays are blacked out, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Spring Break, and Fourth of July.  I have the full terms and conditions listed below for reference.

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PSA: Bumped Flight? Make Sure Your Original Routing Miles Post

Have you ever realized that after flying, your miles never posted? You happened to be checking your account for some totally different reason and you noticed something just didn’t seem to add up? That’s what happened to me a few days ago and I want to make sure it doesn’t happen to you! I was looking at my Alaska Airlines account to see about an upcoming flight and happened to glance at my Mileage Activity tab. I never do this because I’ve never had an issue with Alaska Airlines not posting miles I’d earned from flying. Never a problem… until today.

Remember the flight I took to Boston where I volunteered for my first ever BUMP? I didn’t see those miles post to my account :( Not being familiar with how bumps and mileage accrual works, I gave this some thought. Is it possible that because I got bumped onto a Delta flight the miles wouldn’t be earned on Alaska Airlines? This didn’t make sense to me because I had paid Alaska Airlines for the fare. Continue reading

Trip Report: Alaska Airlines Inaugural Flight from San Francisco (SFO) to Mexico City (MEX)

Buenos dias everyone! It finally happened – Alaska Airlines returned to Mexico City (MEX), with near-simultaneous inaugural flights from San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX). I wrote about these new routes and this was my first-ever inaugural flight on any airline, so I’m pretty happy that it was on my favorite airline on a route that means a lot to me (since I moved from the Bay Area to Mexico City just under a year ago).

No Olé-overs!

Airport Experience

I made the risky choice of taking an UberPOOL to SFO, and arrived just minutes before the 1-hour cutoff for checking bags internationally. We hustled over to one of the check-in kiosks, and after an unnerving number of loading screens, were able to print our bag tags and boarding passes in the nick of time. We then stood in line for another 10-15 minutes to hand our bags to an agent – the longest I can remember spending in an elite line, and this was with only 3 people ahead of us. There were several flights leaving around the same time with four agents working, and a lot of people were confused about where they were supposed to be.

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Earn up to 4,000 Bonus Alaska Airlines Miles with Dash for Miles & Back to School Bonuses

Buenos dias everyone!

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan has a new promotion called “Dash for Miles” where you can earn up to 3,000 bonus Alaska Airlines miles for earning miles with three partners: Mileage Plan Dining, Mileage Plan Shopping, and The Opinion Terminal.

Take the Dash for Miles Challenge. How do 3,000 extra bonus miles sound? The miles are yours when you earn with all three of these partners, once you’ve registered for the offer below. Score 1,000 bonus miles for each partner you earn with through September 30, 2017. Mileage Plan Dining Mileage Plan Dining Earn 3 miles per dollar at over 11,000 participating restaurants. Mileage Plan Shopping Mileage Plan Shopping Earn miles at over 850 online stores like Apple, Groupon, Macy's, and plenty more. Mileage Plan Survey The Opinion Terminal Speak your mind and earn at least 400 miles after you join and complete your first survey.

This is a fairly straightforward promotion, and a pretty easy way to collect extra miles – there doesn’t seem to be any minimum spend requirements for the dining and shopping promotions, and hopefully signing up for The Opinion Terminal and completing one survey isn’t too onerous. Plus, you don’t have to complete all three tasks – you’ll earn a partial bonus even if you complete just one.

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American Express Membership Reward Points Transfer to Virgin America Ending October 31

Good afternoon everyone, I have another short blog post about American Express to share.  I hope you liked my morning post: $10 Statement Credits Just Posted for Jifiti Nike Promo / $50 Nike eGift Card AMEX Offer.  I was going through my American Express credit card statements and spotted this announcement at the bottom of my American Express Everyday Credit Card statement.  Effective November 1, transfers from American Express Membership Reward Points to Virgin America will no longer be possible.  The last day to make transfers to Virgin America is October 31.

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