FOR THE SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR, VIRGIN AMERICA RANKED TOP U.S. AIRLINE BY BUSINESS TRAVELERS
Virgin America was voted “Best Premium Class” among domestic airlines in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2013 Business Travel Poll – which surveyed 79,000 business travelers. Now more than ever, business travelers have to justify every penny spent, and so it has become especially important to know which airlines, hotels, and hotel groups can give maximum value per travel dollar. Who better to point you in the right direction than fellow road warriors? The annual independent survey of the magazine’s business travelers ranked Virgin America as the Top U.S. airline for Premium Class service for the sixth consecutive year, as reported in the October issue of Conde Nast Traveler – on newsstands now. Final scores (out of 100) represent the percentage of readers who rated a hotel, airport, or airline “excellent” or “very good.” Virgin America’s unique flight experience was ranked number one among all domestic carriers, with an overall score of 86.5. For full survey results visit: www.cntraveler.com/travel-tips/business-travel/polls/2013/best-business-travel-hotels-airlines.
With topnotch service, beautiful design and a host of high-tech amenities, Virgin America has built a loyal business flyer following since its 2007 launch. The airline offers business travelers an “office in the sky” with fleetwide WiFi, power outlets and personal entertainment at every seat. In addition to a Main Cabin that offers custom-designed leather seats with a deeper pitch, the carrier’s premium Main Cabin Select service offers guests 38″ of seat pitch – about 6 inches more legroom than Main Cabin, unlimited complimentary cocktails and snacks from the airline’s award-winning menu, an all-access pass to in-flight media content (including free movies and premium TV like HBO and Showtime), priority security access/boarding, dedicated overhead bin space and one free checked bag. Virgin America’s First Class features international-grade amenities and plush white leather seating with 55 inches of pitch, 165 degrees of recline and lumbar massagers. The airline’s Red(TM) in-flight entertainment platform offers guests their own seatback touch-screen TV, with 25 films, live TV, Google Maps, videogames, a 4,000 song library and an on-demand menu – so flyers can order a cocktail or snack from their seatback any time during a flight.
In just over six years of flying, the airline has expanded to 23 airport destinations and has created 2,600 new jobs. Virgin America currently flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Washington D.C. (IAD and DCA), Las Vegas, San Diego, Seattle, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs (seasonal), Philadelphia, Portland, San Jose, Austin and Anchorage (seasonal).
To thank its loyal business flyers, the airline this week launched a “Lean Back in Style” fare sale – with Main Cabin Select fares from $149*and First Class from $189*. The “Lean Back in Style” fare sale tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm CDT on September 25, 2013. Travel must occur between October 1 and November 20, 2013. Tickets are on sale now on Virgin America’s Web site (www.virginamerica.com) and at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN (1.877.359.8474).** For a full list of “Lean Back in Style” fares, visit: www.virginamerica.com/vx/booking/flight-deals?int=flight-deals. The airline also recently announced a “Feel the Earn” promotion for its Elevate frequent flyers. Virgin America guests who purchase a Main Cabin Select or First Class seat from now until December 31, 2013 will earn double Elevate® frequent flyer program points. Elevate members can also earn up to 25,000 extra bonus points. These points will be awarded based on their total qualifying points earned for Virgin America flights in all cabins. For more information, including rules and restrictions visit: www.virginamerica.com/vx/booking/feeltheearn?int=hp_002_feeltheearn
In 2012, Virgin America opened its first airport lounge – The Loft at LAX – and launched a suite of enhancements to its Elevate Frequent Flyer Program. The perks of Gold and Silver Elevate status include: priority check-in, security clearance and boarding; points-earning bonuses; free checked bag allowances; enhanced digital/social rewards; private discounts; an expanded advance purchase upgrade window for the airline’s exclusive eight-seat First Class; complimentary space-available upgrades to the carrier’s premium Main Cabin Select service; and complimentary access to the best seat assignments within Main Cabin.