Virgin Australia Business Class redemptions with Virgin America Elevate Points

Virgin America‚Äôs Elevate frequent flyer program is pretty niche, but has one really specific use for New Zealanders – low tax/surcharge redemptions for Virgin Australia, which ‘can’ be good value for select Business Class flights to destinations in the South Pacific and Australia when there is a bonus Elevate Points offer available.

In this guide, we’ll look at some example routes, and explain how to purchase Elevate Points.

Important Note: The Elevate program will fold into the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program on January 1 2018, following a merger that closed on December 2016. This means that to take advantage of any favourable redemption rates with the Elevate program, you should ensure that you redeem for your flights before the end of 2017.

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Virgin America First Class Overview

This youthful and modern airline offers a solid premium cabin product in the US domestic market, which historically suffers from a lack of innovation and motivation compared to other regions of the world.

I was lucky enough to try it out on a recent direct flight from San Francisco to my home base of Austin. Continue reading…