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American Express Announces Partnership with Virgin America’s Elevate Program

Sept. 13, 2011
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Guess what, American Express cardholders? Another way to redeem your points for airline miles is just around the corner. Starting October 5th, you’ll be able to redeem your Membership Rewards points for Virgin America Elevate points. We’ve blogged a bit about the Elevate points program before. Points are good for any unsold seat on any Virgin America flight to various destinations in the United States and Mexico, with no blackout dates. Points can be redeemed online at Virgin America Elevate website. Unlike many frequent flyer rewards programs, you earn points just by purchasing tickets: 5 per dollar of the base fare per ticket. Add a credit card to mix and you’ll earn even more points. We have high hopes for the new AmEx partnership, but you can also earn extra points with the Virgin America credit card. AmEx points are typically worth a cent (but that varies), and the exact conversion rate from Membership Rewards Points to Elevate points should be up on the AmEx website soon. Points have no expiration date, and there is no limit on the number of points AmEx cardholders can earn. Not too shabby!

Virgin America offers flights to most major metropolitan areas in the United States, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and more recently, the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Chicago. Currently, AmEx cardholders can also redeem Member Rewards for miles through 16 other major airlines, including Delta, Air Canada and Jet Blue. Since AmEx’s partnership with Continental ends October 1st, we definitely think Virgin America is a welcome addition to the list of airlines that AmEx customers can choose from. You can still redeem points for Continental miles through September 30th, so if that’s been on your to-do list, it’s time to get on it!