San Francisco A Virgin America Airbus A320
It is an exceptionally simple and basic frequent flyer scheme: there are no elite status levels or tiers, no complementary upgrades, no complicated earning charts: even the partners you can earn miles on are reduced to a grand total of two.
The frequent flyer scheme has no alliances, and no real benefit in joining unless you live in the US and plan to fly Virgin America a lot. There are much better schemes for non-US residents to join who fly on Virgin America intermittently.
|Atlantic: Earning Virgin America miles|
|Promo Economy||E, Q, N, V, X, O||10%|
|Discount Economy||R, L, U, M||20%|
|Full Economy||Y, B||40%|
|Premium Economy||W, S, K, H||50%|
|Upper Class||Z, I, J, C, D||60%|
|Miles earned on Virgin Atlantic|
There are five points earned per US dollar spent on Virgin America travel. Remember though that this is for your ticket: if you buy an upgrade you will only get the points for the original flight, not the upgrade (although it is a much cheaper way to fly in First: see the Tips section).
First Class Seat on Virgin America
Points never expire, unlike in many programmes.
You also earn Virgin America points on Virgin America's two long-haul sister airlines.
It is also hard to find out how much a Virgin America flight is going to cost you: there is no handy chart on the Virgin website. Instead, you need to say where you want to go, and it'll come up with a cost on the day.
|Australia: Earning Virgin America miles|
|Discount Economy||S, T, A, F, U, R, X, G, E, C, P , O||20%|
|Full Economy||Y, N, B, M||40%|
|Miles earned on Virgin Australia|