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RIP Virgin America, Carrier Begins Using Alaska Call Sign. We’ll Miss These Quirks Forever

Virgin America officially stopped operating under its “Redwood” call sign today, instead transitioning to Alaska’s “Alaska” sign. In the eyes of the FAA, that makes Virgin America and Alaska one airline. You’ll still see Virgin America plans for quite a bit longer, but today marks the official end of Virgin America ūüôĀ Slowly but surely,…

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New Domestic US Virgin Airline Venture, “Watch This Space” Says Branson- Still Disputing Alaska Royalty Period

Richard Branson hinted to Bloomberg¬†on Thursday that he and the Virgin brand may be coming back to the US domestic airline business. He also indicated that there’s still tension with Alaska regarding royalties. Branson says that Alaska has to pay royalties through 2040 whether they use the brand or not, unless a new Virgin venture…

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As Virgin America fades out, we’ll miss these quirks forever

Slowly but surely, America’s former favorite airline is being pulled apart. Virgin America is closing its only lounge this month, The Loft at LAX, and consolidating gate space with merger partner Alaska Airlines. Some of the first quirks to go will be some of the airline’s most unique, and perhaps most worthy of remembrance as…

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Richard Branson Declares Again – Alaska Will Pay for Virgin Brand Until 2040, Even If They Don’t Use It

At a travel conference this weekend, Sir Richard Branson continued to tell industry insiders that Alaska will need to pay him licensing fees through 2040, even with Alaska’s¬†plans to drop the Virgin brand. ¬†He told¬†the same story when he was in Seattle last month to celebrate Virgin Atlantic’s inaugural flight to the city. “When I…

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Richard Branson Coming to Seattle…for Delta / Virgin Atlantic, Not Alaska / Virgin America

Well this is awkward! Virgin Atlantic is set to launch their Seattle (SEA) to London (LHR) route on March 26th with a brand new 787-9 Dreamliner, Delta previously served the route with a B767. The always fun Richard Branson will be in town to throw an invite only party at Q Nightclub to commemorate¬†the new…

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Alaska Mileage Plan Matches Virgin Elite Status – Now MVP Gold + Found Miles

Wow, my Virgin America Elevate status match from early 2016 has really paid off these last several months. I originally matched as work had me flying to Vegas from New York on Virgin America and I wanted to upgrade to First (Elevate Gold members can purchase discounted First Class upgrades beginning 24 hours before departure).…

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SPG Brings Back Virgin America Elevate as Transfer Partner Online, Lucrative Bonus Possible Again

A rendering of the special "More to Love" commemorative livery for the Alaska Airlines + Virgin America merger.

Yesterday, there was quite a scare when Virgin America Elevate disappeared as a transfer partner from the SPG online portal.¬†Well, according to SPG, this is just a “website error,” and the feature is once again available online. @FrequentMiler Thanks for letting us know. For immediate transfers, our phone agents are able to transfer. We're looking…

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SPG Removed Virgin America Elevate as Transfer Partner Without Notice

Update: SPG has brought back the ability to transfer SPG points to Virgin America Elevate online. Phew! The merge between Alaska Airlines and Virgin America have finally closed, and¬†Alaska is quickly getting the ball rolling on reciprocal earning and redemptions. You can already¬†earn Virgin America Elevate points on Alaska flights, and vice versa.¬†Elite members from…

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Enter to Win 2 Tickets on Alaska Airlines!

Alaska Airlines is giving away 1,200 round-trip tickets to celebrat the merger.

Alaska Airlines officially closed its¬†acquisition of Virgin America today, which means Alaska Airlines is now the 5th largest US airline. Earning and benefits reciprocity will start December 19, 2016, and the frequent flyer programs will start merging on January 9, 2017. To celebrate the merger, Alaska is launching a¬†new campaign, called #Twogether.¬†As part of the…

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