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Positive Changes to Virgin America Elevate Silver & Gold Elite Members

Good morning everyone, I just received the following email from Virgin America with negative positive changes coming to Virgin America Elevate silver and gold members.  I am a Virgin America Gold Member thanks to my status match from Alaska Airlines (which was itself a status match from Southwest Airlines).  Starting today (April 27, 2016), Virgin America Gold Members will earn 12 Virgin America miles per dollar spent, up from 10 Virgin America miles per dollar spent.  Since each Virgin America mile is worth roughly 2.2 cents per point (CPP), that equates to a ~26% return on paid flights.  That is pretty incredible!

Virgin America Elevate Gold Email Update

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SF Travel Hackers Meetup (4/27), FTU Las Vegas (4/29-5/1) & Fremont Meetup (5/14 or 5/15?)

Good afternoon everyone.  This is super last minute, but I wanted to let everyone in the Bay Area know that there is a SF Travel Hacker Meetup tomorrow night.  I will be there along with several other miles/points/MS/travel enthusiasts.  This month’s topic is about booking airline awards, so it should be very educational.  Food and drinks may be provided, if we are lucky :)

  • When: Wednesday, April 27 @ 7-9pm
  • Where: Dev Bootcamp, 633 Folsom Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Google Map)

SF Travel Hackers Meetup April 27

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25 New AMEX Offers: 1-800-Flowers, AMEX Travel, Ashford, Bouqs & More

Good morning everyone, I just went through all of my AMEX cards and found all the new AMEX Offers linked to my cards.  None of these AMEX Offers are amazing (I miss all the great AMEX Offers from last year), but they might save you a few bucks on normal everyday spending.

  • 1-800-Flowers: $15 off $50
  • AMEX Travel: $80 off $500
  • Ashford: $50 off $250
  • Bouqs: $15 off $50

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Spirit Airlines Credit Card Holders: Find Off-Peak Award Tickets & Avoid Award Booking Fees

Good afternoon everyone, I have another award booking post that might interest some of you. This is a follow up post to my Spirit Airlines Credit Card introduction post.  If you have a Bank of America Spirit Airlines Credit Card, like myself, you might be sitting on a handful of Spirit Airlines miles.  The Spirit Airlines “loyalty” program is tricky, since miles expire within 3 months if you do not earn or redeem miles during that period.  Having the Bank of America Spirit Airlines Credit Card allows you to earn 2x miles on all purchases and makes it easy to keep your miles from expiring.  I have a $5 monthly Amazon auto-reload set up on this credit card to keep the miles in my Spirit Airlines account from expiring.

The main perk of the Bank of America Spirit Airlines Credit Card is the ability to access off-peak award tickets, starting at 2,500 Spirit Airlines miles for short one-way flights.  That sounds like a pretty good deal, right?  Yes, but there are a few pitfalls to be aware of first.

Spirit Airlines Award Chart

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Transfer SPG Points to Virgin America; Book Hawaiian Airlines Award Ticket with VX Elevate Miles

Good morning everyone, greetings from Denver, Colorado.  I am working on a few upcoming blog posts about my recent trip to Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu, but in the meantime, this post will show you how to use your SPG Points to book a Hawaiian Airlines award ticket using Virgin America miles.  Back on April 13, 2016, SPG added Virgin America as a transfer partner, thus making this post possible.

Long story short, I needed a flight from Maui (OGG) to Kona (KOA) and this Hawaiian Airlines flight looked perfect.  The only problem was the $96 price tag for a 35 minute flight.  I reached out to my friends on Twitter and was told that the best way to book a Hawaiian Airlines award ticket was using Virgin America miles.  Here is the process I went through to book the Hawaiian Airlines award ticket using Virgin America miles.

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