Purple mood lighting, custom-designed leather seats with video touch-screens, and extra legroom…these are just a few of the reasons why Virgin America has won more than 50 “best in class” awards since starting service in 2007.
Virgin America’s Elevate loyalty program also has a lot to offer. This post will discuss the benefits of Elevate as well as Virgin America points-earning credit cards.
Read on to learn about all of the strategies available to maximize your Elevate points, both with and without using credit cards. Then you can get started earning tons of points too!
Using the Virgin America Credit Cards
Enroll in Elevate
It’s free to sign-up for Elevate, which is a revenue-based loyalty program that allows you to earn 5 points per dollar on Virgin America purchases. You can even earn points for flights already taken (up to 30 days before enrolling)!
When you sign up, choose one of several fun avatars (or “alter egos”) for your account.
Begin redeeming with as few as 2,500 points. There are no blackout dates or restrictions for reward flights!
1. Virgin America Credit Cards
There are 2 Virgin America credit cards: the Virgin America Visa Signature Card and Virgin America Premium Visa Signature Card. Both airline cards run sign-up offers with bonus points.
Make sure to evaluate your spending habits before choosing a card that works best for your financial situation. When you’re ready, click on the card links below to learn about sign-up promotions, and then apply!
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card Review|
|Virgin America Elevate Frequent Flyer Program||Virgin America Visa Signature Card|
|Virgin America Premium Visa Signature Card|
2. Earn Category Bonus Points
In addition to earning 5x points for Virgin America purchases, you can earn another 3 points per dollar when using a Virgin America credit card. That’s a total of 8x points!
Both Virgin America credit cards also allow you to earn 1 point for every dollar spent on all other purchases.
The more purchases you make with a Virgin America credit card, the more points you earn!
When you use the card for everyday expenses such as groceries, utility bills, and gas in addition to unexpected expenses like doctor’s appointments, haircuts, and more, you can really rack up the points!
3. Elite Status Bonuses
Virgin’s Elevate loyalty program has 3 status tiers: Elevate Red, Elevate Silver, and Elevate Gold.
You start at Elevate Red status as soon as you enroll, and then achieve Silver and Gold statuses to earn more points and receive benefits such as premium line access and upgrade eligibility.
Plus, your reward flights count toward elite status qualification!
Visit the Elevate site for more information about the perks and benefits associated with elite status, including 50% bonus points (Silver) or 140% bonus points (Gold)!
Travel to Earn Elevate Points
4. Stay with Elevate Hotel Partners
There are 15 Elevate hotel partners, each offering bonus points per night or $1 spent. The following table lists all of them. Use the links to get more details about each offer.
|Airbnb||1 pt/$1||Marriott Hotels||Up to 1 pt/$1||Starwood Hotels & Resorts||2 pts/$1|
|Hilton Hotels||1 pt/$2||Morgans Hotel Group||Up to 1,000||Thompson Hotels||Up to 2 pts/$1|
|Joie de Vivre||1 pt/$1||One & Only Palmilla||2 pts/$1||Virgin Hotels Chicago||1,000|
|Kaligo.com||Up to 5 pts/$1||PointsHound||Up to 5,000||Viceroy||500|
|Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group||400||Rocketmiles||Up to 6,000||Virgin Limited Edition||Up to 20,000|
Note that if you are interested in earning hotel points, you can use one of the appropriate hotel credit cards:
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card|
|Hilton Honors Loyalty Program||Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express|
|Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express|
|Citi® Hilton Honors™ Visa Signature® Card|
|Citi® Hilton Honors™ Reserve Card|
5. Fly Virgin America Partner Airlines
Book a flight with one of Virgin America’s partner airlines and earn points based on the type of fare and distance. Flights must be operated by Virgin America.
Always include your Elevate membership number to ensure you get credit. Find the number of points for each mile traveled in each class of service by clicking the links in the table below:
|Airline Partner||Points % of Miles|
6. Book a Rental Car
Rent a car with one of Virgin America’s rental car partners or other transportation partners to add points to your Elevate account.
The following table includes participating companies and their current offers:
|Rental Company||Miles||Rental Company||Miles|
|Alamo||4 pts/$1||Embarque||1 pt/$1|
|Avis||Up to 3 pts/$1 and 35% off||Hertz||Up to 2 pts/$1 and 35%off|
|Budget||Up to 3 pts/$1 and 30% off||National||Up to 4 pts/$1 and 30% off|
|Carey||1 pt/$1||Sixt||Up to 600 pts|
7. Book Virgin Vacations
Choose a unique travel package from Virgin Vacations to earn 1 point per $1 spent. Whether you want to get away for a weekend alone or explore Europe with the family, Virgin Vacations has a ton of affordable options.
Speak with a Destination Specialist to book your trip by calling 1-877-929-1825.
Shopping & Dining
8. The Elevate Fly Store
Who doesn’t love to shop? When you visit the Elevate Fly Store, you can earn up to 10 points per $1 spent on purchases at a wide array of online retailers.
Target, Nordstrom, Apple, Sephora…almost any top retailer you could need is included! Follow the steps below to get started:
- Sign in to the Elevate Fly Store
- Browse and select a retailer
- Click “Shop Now” to be directed to the store’s site.
- Shop as normal
- Purchases will appear in your Elevate account as “Pending”
- Once purchases are validated, they will appear as “Approved”
You MUST be signed in and enter the retailer’s site through the Elevate Fly Store to earn points. Make sure to enable cookies in your browser.
Complete terms and conditions for the Elevate Fly Store are available here.
9. Other Retail Partners
Check out the retailers in the table below for opportunities to earn additional points. Always be on the lookout for special offers, as they change frequently!
|Company||Product or service||Bonus points|
|Virgin Wines||Wine||2,000 pts. plus 1 pt/$1 future purchases|
|Gilt||Clothing and accessories||500 pts. after first purchase|
|Gilt City||Clothing and accessories||500 pts. after first purchase|
|Texture (only until 1/17)||Magazines||Up to 1,900 pts|
|Mogl||Restaurants||Up to 30 pts. and 25% cash back|
|Peek.com||Local adventures||500 pts at enrollment, then 1 pt/$1|
Special Points-Earning Opportunities
10. Earn Points With Energy Offers
Earn up to 15,000 points for enrolling in NRG Home Solar. First, find out if you qualify to lease a system for $0 down and free installation. You’ll earn ,500 points when you have a solar specialist visit your home and 12,500 points if you sign a lease.
In addition to a 2,500-point enrollment bonus, Energy Plus awards 1 Elevate point for each $1 spent on the supply portion of your electric bill.
Offers like these are investments. Always research an offer before making a decision to be sure it fits your needs.
11. Earn Points With e-Rewards
Earn points for sharing your opinions on surveys as part of the e-Rewards Opinion Panel. You’ll earn e-Rewards Currency that can be redeemed for Elevate Points. Complete your first survey within 3 months of enrolling for 150 extra Elevate Points!
12. Earn Points With Points.com
Exchange points between Elevate and other loyalty programs at Points.com, and before you know it you’ll have enough for a free flight on Virgin America.
Points.com also allows you to trade points with other members.
Be careful, because transfer rates can be quite high at times. Also keep an eye out for promotions that enable you to exchange points without having to pay a fee!
U.P. Pro Tips
13. American Express Membership Rewards
Elevate also partners with the American Express Membership Rewards program. Transfer Membership Rewards to your Elevate account in increments of 200 at a ratio of 2:1 plus a small fee.
So, for every 200 Membership Rewards points you transfer, you will get 100 Elevate points!
14. Citi ThankYou Rewards
Citi ThankYou Rewards is one of the newest Elevate partners. Earn points with your Citi ThankYou Premier Card or Citi Prestige Credit Card and transfer them to your Elevate account.
1,000 ThankYou points equal 500 Elevate points! Find more details about the program in our review from the link below.
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card Review|
|Citi ThankYou Rewards Loyalty Program||Citi Prestige® Card|
|Citi ThankYou® Premier Card|
|Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card|
15. Special Promotions
Throughout the year, Virgin America offers special opportunities to Elevate members so they can earn extra points.
For example, recently members could earn 500 Elevate points for registering to receive emails. Also, to celebrate their 9th anniversary, Virgin America offered 999 bonus Elevate points on select flights. Be on the lookout for their next special promotion!
Wow – credit card points, category bonuses, and a wide array of shopping and travel points! There are so many ways to earn Virgin America Elevate points that we’re sure you can’t wait to get started!
Use the strategies we outlined in the above article and watch your points multiply!
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Table of Contents
- Using the Virgin America Credit Cards
- Travel to Earn Elevate Points
- Shopping & Dining
- Special Points-Earning Opportunities
- U.P. Pro Tips
- In Conclusion