Virgin America Will Match Status of Four Airlines

Got status?

If so, and it's with American, Delta, Southwest, or United, Virgin America will match it in the Elevate program for 90 days, as follows:

  • American Gold members get Elevate Silver; Platinum, Executive Platinum members get Elevate Gold
  • Delta Silver, Gold members get Elevate Silver; Platinum, Diamond members get Elevate Gold
  • Southwest A-List, A-List Preferred members get Elevate Silver; Companion Pass members get Elevate Gold
  • United Silver, Gold members get Elevate Silver; Platinum, 1K, Global Services members get Elevate Gold

To have your status matched, you must provide a copy of your account statement or membership card confirming your elite status in one of the matched programs. The offer is valid through September 30.

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To extend status through the end of 2015, you'll have to earn the following during the 90-day trial period:

  • Elevate Silver - Earn 5,000 status points (3,000 for holders of the Virgin America Visa card)
  • Elevate Gold - Earn 12,000 status points (8,000 for holders of the Virgin America Visa card)

These are the main perks available to Virgin America elite flyers:

  • Complimentary space-available upgrades to Main Cabin Select (38-inch-pitch seats)
  • Complimentary access to the best seats in the Main Cabin
  • Expanded advance purchase upgrade window for paid first-class upgrades
  • Points-earning bonuses: 25% for Silver, 100% for Gold
  • Priority first-class check-in, security clearance, and boarding
  • Discounts of 25% on a non-refundable Main Cabin ticket -- one per year for Silver, two for Gold
  • Free checked bag allowances
  • Dedicated elite phone lines

As elite programs go, Elevate's is solid if somewhat less robust than those offered by the legacy airlines. Since it's free to test-drive it, there's no reason not to give it a try. Long term, though, elite status with Virgin America has less to do with the program itself than it does with the airline's fit with your travel patterns. If there's a realistic chance that Virgin America, with its relatively limited flight network, can be your go-to airline, then this promotion should be welcomed as an opportunity to make the switch easily and painlessly.

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