Published on : Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Virgin America, the award-winning airline known for reinventing domestic travel, today announced it will partner with Alliance Data Retail Services, which manages more than 120 private label and co-brand credit programs and is an Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS) business, to launch a new Virgin America Visa Signature® Credit Card and a first-ever Virgin America Premium Visa Signature® Card. Both co-brand cards offer Virgin America guests and Elevate® frequent flyer program members a host of perks to make their travel experience more convenient, flexible and rewarding. Under terms of the multiyear agreement, Alliance Data will partner with Virgin America to provide a full suite of credit and marketing services for the Virgin America Visa Signature Card and will leverage its full suite of acquisition tools along with its marketing and analytics expertise to drive cardholder spend and further support one-to-one customer engagement.
The new Virgin America Visa Signature® Card offers a free first checked bag for the cardholder and a travel companion on all Virgin America flights*, $150 discount for one companion ticket every year (discount off base fare before mandatory taxes and fees) *, and 20% savings on all in-flight purchases made on the airline’s touch-screen Red™ in-flight entertainment system*. Recognizing the value that today’s business travelers place on flexibility, the Virgin America Premium Visa Signature® Card will also allow cardholders to modify their travel plans without paying change or cancel fees on Virgin America flights*, in addition to the opportunity to reach Elevate Gold or Elevate Silver Status faster with up to 15,000 bonus status points every year*.
Members who choose one of the two new Virgin America Visa Signature® Cards unveiled today will earn triple Elevate points on all Virgin America purchases, enabling them to quickly earn reward travel on the airline that has captured a list of travel industry best-in-class awards, including Best Domestic Airline in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards and Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards for six years running. As always, Elevate points are good for any unsold seat on any flight anytime, with no blackout dates or restrictions of any kind when redeeming Virgin America reward flights. Points can also be redeemed for international travel with the carrier’s five airline partners – including Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia. Finally, as of today, Elevate points can now also be redeemed with Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson’s collection of world-class retreats – including his private Necker Island.
The new visually distinctive cards mirror Virgin America’s sleek design aesthetic–it is the first-ever credit card to feature a moodlit “window.”
*Subject to credit approval. For Virgin America Visa® Credit Card terms and conditions, visit: comenity.net/virginamericavisa/public/apply/disclosures.xhtml. The Virgin America Visa® Credit Cards are issued by Comenity Capital Bank, pursuant to a license from Visa USA. For program information, visit www.virginamerica.com/creditcard. The Elevate program is offered for Virgin America guests, and is subject to the terms and conditions posted at www.virginamerica.com. Membership in the Elevate program is offered at the discretion of Virgin America. Virgin America reserves the right to terminate the program or change the program terms, benefits, conditions of participation or points levels, in whole or in part, at any time, with or without notice.
The new Virgin America Visa Signature® Card and Virgin America Premium Visa Signature® Card offer the following benefits:
Virgin America Visa Signature® Card (annual fee $49)*:
Free first checked bag each for the cardholder and their plus-one on all Virgin America flights;
Bring a friend along for the ride with $150 off a companion ticket every year;
Save 20% on all RED™ in-flight purchases including meals, snacks, cocktails, and on-demand entertainment;
Earn 10,000 Elevate bonus reward points after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days of being a cardholder;
Earn 3 reward points per $1 spent with Virgin America; Earn 1 point per $1 spent everywhere else; and
Elevate points don’t expire as long as the guest is a cardholder.
Virgin America Premium Visa Signature® Card (annual fee $149)*: All of the benefits of the $49 annual fee card, plus:
Freedom to modify travel plans at any time without incurring change or cancels fees on Virgin America flights;
Earn up to 15,000 status points towards Elevate Gold or Elevate Silver status when spending $30,000 in a calendar year (5,000 Status points per $10,000 spent);
Ability to carry forward any additional status points at annual renewal; and
Earn 15,000 Elevate bonus reward points after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days of being a cardholder.
“We are pleased to once again redefine the loyalty experience for our guests and Elevate members with our new Virgin America Visa Signature® Credit Cards. Working together with our partners at Alliance Data and Visa, we’ve designed an enhanced card program that will up the ante and deliver an even better flight experience for our guests – whether they are flying for business or for something fun – or a bit of both,” said Phil Seward, Director of Guest Loyalty at Virgin America.
“Not only are we excited to extend the reach of our credit and loyalty marketing expertise to the travel and hospitality industry, we are thrilled to partner with Virgin America–a truly dynamic, innovative brand that is passionate about delivering a remarkable, guest-centric experience,” added Melisa Miller, president of Alliance Data Retail Services. “Our like-minded focus on customer satisfaction makes this an ideal partnership to work innovatively with Virgin America to extend their brand and engage their guests in new and relevant ways.”
“We are proud to offer travelers the most secure, reliable and convenient payment choice and VIP perks with the new Virgin America Visa Signature® Cards,” said Kirk Stuart, head of partnership development, co-branding at Visa Inc. “The new Virgin America Visa Signature® Credit Cards extend Visa’s long-standing partnership with Virgin America.”
Launched in 2007, Virgin America has built a loyal business traveler following with brilliant guest service, beautifully designed aircraft, tech-forward amenities and an Elevate loyalty program that delivers real rewards without making members jump through hoops. Elevate members can redeem points for any unsold seat – on any Virgin America flight, at any time. Elevate was the first U.S. frequent flyer programs to offer dynamic reward pricing – or the ability for its members to redeem points for any unsold seat. Elevate members can also easily manage past and upcoming trips on-line in just a few clicks via virginamerica.com.
Virgin America offers travelers an “office in the sky” with fleetwide WiFi, power outlets and personal entertainment at every seat. In addition to a Main Cabin that offers custom-designed leather seats with a deeper pitch, the carrier’s premium Main Cabin Select service offers guests 38″ of seat pitch – about 6 inches more legroom than Main Cabin, complimentary offerings from the airline’s award-winning menu, an all-access pass to in-flight media content (including free movies and premium TV like HBO and Showtime), priority security access/boarding, dedicated overhead bin space and one free checked bag. Virgin America’s First Class features international-grade amenities and plush white leather seating with 55 inches of pitch, 165 degrees of recline and lumbar massagers. In 2012, Virgin America opened its first airport lounge — The Loft at LAX, and launched a suite of enhancements to its Elevate program. The perks of Elevate Gold and Elevate Silver status include: priority check-in, security clearance and boarding; points-earning bonuses; free checked bag allowances; enhanced social rewards; private discounts; an expanded advance purchase upgrade window for the airline’s exclusive eight-seat First Class; complimentary space-available upgrades to the carrier’s Main Cabin Select service; and complimentary access to the best seat assignments within Main Cabin.
In just over six years of flying, the airline has expanded to more than 20 airport destinations and has created 2,600 new jobs. Virgin America currently flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Washington D.C. (IAD and DCA), Las Vegas, San Diego, Seattle, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs (seasonal), Philadelphia, Portland, San Jose and Austin.
Source:- Virgin America
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