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.
Good morning everyone. A few days ago, the $149 annual fee posted to my Virgin America Premium Credit Card. I called the number on the back of the credit card to see if there were any retention offers available, but sadly, the rep had no offers available for me. Instead of closing the credit card, the rep suggested that I downgrade to the Virgin America Visa Signature Credit Card that had a $49 annual fee.
Most of the card benefits are the same for both cards, including the Virgin America $150 off companion discount code, free checked bag, and 20% off in-flight purchases. The only difference between the credit cards is the Visa Signature credit card does not earn status points (not a big deal since I am Virgin America Gold and Alaska Airlines MVP Gold), I will get charged a fee for changing or cancelling my ticket (I never used this feature when I had my Virgin America Premium Credit Card) and I will be charged foreign transaction fees (I will never use this credit card internationally).
The only reason I kept the credit card is for the Virgin America $150 off companion discount code and my curiosity surrounding what will happen to this credit card when the Alaska Airlines / Virgin America merger is complete. If my memory is correct, the Virgin America $150 off companion discount code used to only apply to the Virgin America Premium Credit Card, but sometime in the last year, that benefit was added to the Virgin America Visa Signature Credit Card.
There’s a first time for everything, and recently on an Alaska Airlines flight, I volunteered to be bumped. It’s not that I’ve never heard the call for volunteers before. We all have. But something about this time made me ask myself if now was the time and this was the opportunity to do it. After all, can a bona fide travel blogger NOT have a bump experience to talk about? Given the crazy day I ended up having, I’ll never forget my first time!
I was originally on a morning Alaska Airlines nonstop flight from San Diego to Boston. I’ve taken this flight before but always in the winter months. Apparently, since it’s the only nonstop of the day to Boston, it can get crowded. I heard the call for volunteers before we started boarding the flight.
Good morning everyone, happy Sunday! I wanted to quickly thank everyone who braved the 100+ degree weather in Sacramento to attend my Sacramento Travel Hackers Meetup at In-N-Out yesterday. It was great talking to you about miles and points. I look forward to returning when the weather cools down a little bit. A few weeks ago, I needed to purchase flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Las Vegas (LAS) on Virgin America. I needed to go to Las Vegas for a specific weekend and I bought tickets somewhat last minute, so flights were expensive. Here was the price for 2 round trip tickets on Virgin America. I found it odd that if I purchased the flights from Virgin America or through Google, the price was $729 total, but if I bought the same flights through Alaska Airlines, the price was only $613 total. That seemed really strange to me.
I currently have a Comenity Virgin America Premium Visa Signature Credit Card which includes a Virgin America $150 Companion Discount Code. A few months ago, I wrote Comparing the Alaska Airlines $120 Companion Fare Code vs. Virgin America $150 Companion Discount Code. I remembered that I still had my Virgin America $150 Companion Discount Code available that was going to expire in the next few months. In this post, I will show you how to redeem your Virgin America $150 Companion Discount Code and provide a warning before you use your Companion Discount Code.
Good morning everyone, happy Wednesday. I am writing to you from the WiFi-connected Golden Gate Transit bus, heading to work in San Francisco. I love Hawaii and I have written a few posts about traveling to Hawaii over the last few years. Some of my favorite posts about Hawaii include:
- Book One Way Award Flights to Hawaii on Delta for 15,000 KLM / Air France Flying Blue Miles
- Profiting from 2 Timeshare Presentations in Hawaii (Secret: Attend, but do not Buy!)
- Transfer SPG Points to Virgin America; Book Hawaiian Airlines Award Ticket with Virgin America Miles
- Booking Flights to Hawaii using 12,500 British Airways Avios for LAX-HNL
Recently, I was trying to book a flight from Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii (LIH) to San Francisco (SFO) or Oakland (OAK). I will show you how I used a Bank of America Alaska Airlines Companion Fare and Virgin America miles to book a Hawaiian Airlines award ticket. But first, take a quick look at these route maps from Alaska Airlines and Virgin America. Those 2 airlines offer lots of flights, but there are only a few routes to Hawaii, and not every major Hawaiian airport is served.