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Virgin America's Elevate program offers redemptions for a relatively low amount of points, but massive fuel surcharges put a dent into the usefulness of Elevate points.

  • Transparent award pricing
  • Transatlantic awards don't require many points (with one huge caveat)
  • Earn points on Airbnb stays
  • Huge fuel surcharges on international awards (often costing more than the price of an actual ticket)
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Accrual Type: Revenue-based

Earn miles by miles flown. See our guide to earning points for more.

Credit Cards

This is a list of branded, program-specific credit cards, in addition to flexible reward cards. Not sure what is kind of card is right for you? Our guide weighs the pros/cons for each type of card.

Disclosure: This selection of cards is for reference and is not guaranteed to be complete or up to date. AwardAce does not earn any commission for any links.

Virgin America Visa Signature® Card
Airline Card
The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express
Flexible Transfer Card
Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
Flexible Transfer Card
Citi ThankYou® Premier Card
Flexible Transfer Card
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
Flexible Transfer Card
Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card
Flexible Transfer Card

Transfer Partners

Program Partner Ratio Transfer Time
American Express 2:1 Instant
Citi 2:1 1 day
Starwood Preferred Guest 1:1

The ratio is the number of flexible rewards points it would take to transfer to Elevate.

Transfer time is what is reported by the transfer programs, supplemented by our own research. However, actual time to transfer is often highly variable.


Airline Type Pricing Type

Don't know what airlines are bookable? See our list of particpating airlines.

A zone-based program prices award flights by general geographic location, typically by continent and/or country. Learn how to optimize these programs in our guide below.

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Booking And Fuel Surcharge Guide

Our step-by-step booking guides can show you how to book tickets on any airline.

Airline Online Phone Surcharges Alliance
Aeromexico (AM) No Yes $ SkyTeam
Air China (CA) No Yes $$–$$$ Star Alliance
Air New Zealand (NZ) No Yes $$–$$$ Star Alliance
Asiana Airlines (OZ) No Yes $$–$$$ Star Alliance
Cathay Pacific (CX) No Yes $$–$$$ oneworld
China Airlines (CI) No Yes $$–$$$ SkyTeam
China Eastern Airlines (MU) No Yes $$–$$$ SkyTeam
China Southern Airlines (CZ) No Yes $$–$$$ SkyTeam
EVA Air (BR) No Yes $$–$$$ Star Alliance
El Al Israel Airlines (LY) No Yes $$–$$$
Emirates (EK) No Yes $$–$$$
Ethiopian Airlines (ET) No Yes $$–$$$ Star Alliance
Etihad Airways (EY) No Yes $$–$$$
Hainan Airlines (HU) No Yes $$–$$$
Hawaiian Airlines (HA) No Yes $$–$$$
Icelandair (FI) No Yes $$–$$$
Japan Airlines (JL) No Yes $$–$$$ oneworld
Korean Air (KE) No Yes $$–$$$ SkyTeam
LAN Airlines (LA) No Yes $ oneworld
Philippine Airlines (PR) No Yes $$–$$$
Scandinavian Airlines System (SK) No Yes $$–$$$ Star Alliance
Singapore Airlines (SQ) No Yes $$–$$$ Star Alliance
South African Airways (SA) No Yes $$–$$$ Star Alliance
TAM Brazilian Airlines (JJ) No Yes $ oneworld
Turkish Airlines (TK) No Yes $$–$$$ Star Alliance
Virgin America (VX) Yes Yes $
Virgin Atlantic (VS) No Yes $$–$$$
Virgin Australia (VA) No Yes $

Policies and Fees

Expiration: Points Expire 18 months since last activity.

For some programs, an activity can any accrual of miles (e.g., crediting a flight, transfering or purchasing miles). For others, spending activities such as redeeming or donating points counts as an activity.

Fees and Charges

Fees USD
Close-in 0
Phone Booking 20
Change Award 100
Cancel Award 100

Fees are waived for elite members.

Key Airlines and Resources

Click through to each airport code to use our discover feature.

Primary Airlines Code City Name
Virgin America (VX) SFO San Francisco San Francisco Intl
DAL Dallas Dallas Love Fld

Elite Status


Tiers (2) SP
Silver 20000
Gold 50000

Status Points (SP)
Usually calculated through some combination of miles and/or base fare

Elite Benefits

Benefit Silver Gold
Program Benefits
Elite Bonus 25%
Main Cabin Seating
Complimentary Express seat selection At check-in At booking
Complimentary upgrades to Main Cabin Select 12 hours before departure
Advance purchase window for First Class upgrades 6 hours before departure 12 hours before departure
Priority Airport Services
Priority check In
Priority baggage handling
Priority security
Priority boarding
Day passes to the Virgin America Loft at LAX $30 $15
Priority reservation line, live chat, and email Elevate Silver Dedicated Line
Discounts and Fee Waivers
25% off non-refundable Main Cabin ticket 1 ticket per year
Complimentary checked bags 1
Elevate redeposit fee $100 $100
Contact center service fee $20 Waived
International Airline Partners
Virgin Atlantic benefits
Virgin Australia benefits

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