Category Archives: VIrgin America

“Nothing Is as Humbling as Seeing Thousands of Graves at the Normandy Invasion Beaches”

Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!

Miles & Points Interview:  The Traveling Professor

Steve writes The Traveling Professor to give tips and pointers to readers and travelers.  You can also find him on Facebook! And if you have any questions, you can email him here.

The Traveling Professor

The Professor in Florence

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

I became an American Airlines AAdvantage member on August 24, 1984.  I have Platinum elite status.  And I am a “Million Miler” with 1,495,955 miles flown in the air.

However, I estimate I have earned over 10,000,000 miles & points through flying, credit cards, credit card bonuses, and through other miles earning opportunities.  I started collecting miles & points with my American Airlines AAdvantage account. Continue reading

What to Do With Points Scattered in Different Programs

Million Mile Secrets reader, Joe, tweeted:

I was wondering what I should do with my rewards points.  I have 600 JetBlue points, 1,200 IHG points, 2,000 Delta miles, and 800 Virgin America miles.

Thanks for the question, Joe!

You can’t do much with a small amount of points in different loyalty programs.  But there are plenty of ways to quickly earn more rewards, so you can get Big Travel with Small Money.

What To Do With Points Scattered In Different Programs

Don’t Have Enough Miles & Points for a Free Trip? I’ll Show You How to Earn the Extra Rewards You Need!

I’ll help you quickly reach the number of miles & points you need for a well-deserved vacation! 🙂

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Amazing Deals to Europe for ~$400+ and Coast to Coast for $216+!

Via SecretFlying and Mommy Points, you can fly coach round-trip from a number of big (and small!) US cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York, to cities in Europe, like Madrid, London, and Paris, for only ~$400+! 

And via The Points Guy, you can fly round-trip from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles and San Francisco for only ~$216+!

These deals are good for flights on airlines like Delta, American Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue, Virgin America, and more!

I found flights from Seattle to Madrid for ~$406 leaving February 3, 2017, and returning February 11, 2017.

And a flight leaving New York (JFK) on January 14, 2017, and returning from San Francisco on January 21, 2017, for ~$267!

There are cheap fares available on various routes through May 2017.

Cheap Fares

Fly From the US to Madrid for Only ~$400!

Here are the details.  And how to search for deals from your city!

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The Ultimate Guide to Unaccompanied Minors: Part 1 – North American Airline Policies

Sending children to fly by themselves as Unaccompanied Minors is a big milestone for kids and parents alike.

If it’s your first time booking your children to fly solo on paid or award tickets, airline regulations, procedures, and fees can be confusing.  Each airline is different, and it’s important to be aware of the rules before you book!

Unaccompanied Minors Airlines

Sending Your Kids Solo? You’ll Need to Know Your Airline’s Unaccompanied Minor Policies Before You Make Their Reservation!

So I’ve created a handy list of Unaccompanied Minor policies for major North American airlines.

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5 “Secret” Unofficial Chase Transfer Partners for Big Travel!

Officially, Chase Ultimate Rewards has 7 airline and 4 hotel transfer partners.  But did you know you can access dozens of other airline and hotel options indirectly with Chase Ultimate Rewards points?  

5 Secret Unofficial Chase Transfer Partners For Big Travel

Emily Flew on Air Berlin to Croatia. And You Can Too, With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points – Even Though Air Berlin Isn’t an “Official” Transfer Partner!

I’ll give you ideas on how you can use your points with partners for more Big Travel!

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Ends Tomorrow: 50% Off Select Virgin America Flights for Thanksgiving Travel!

Through tomorrow, November 9, 2016, you can book Main Cabin Select and First Class Virgin America flights for 50% off with the promotion code “GOBBLE50”.

And even better, the sale is valid for travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, November 17, 2016, to November 25, 2016!  

For example, I found a flight from Boston on November 20, 2016, returning from San Francisco on November 25, 2016, for ~$512 in Main Cabin Select (Premium Economy).  Without the discount, the same ticket would cost over ~$1,000!

Virgin America Thanksgiving Sale

Head to San Francisco for Thanksgiving With 50% Off Select Flights on Virgin America

I’ll show you how to take advantage of this deal.

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What Do the Major Changes to the Virgin Atlantic Award Program Mean for You?

Virgin Atlantic is changing the way members earn and redeem miles, starting November 13, 2016

Earning miles and tier points for status is getting harder if you usually fly in coach on deeply discounted fares.  And getting an Upper Class (First Class) award flight is becoming more expensive, too.

However, some award flight prices for coach and Premium Economy are being significantly reduced, which is good news!

Virgin Atlantic Award Flights

Big Changes Are Coming to How You Earn and Redeem Virgin Atlantic Miles

I’ll show you how the changes affect your future Virgin Atlantic award flights, so you can decide whether you want to stick with the program or move on.

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Award Ticket Change, Cancellation, and Hold Policies for 25+ Airlines!

Folks in the miles & points hobby are usually diligent about planning their travels.  But sometimes life happens and you have to change or cancel your plans.

In that case, what are the fees for changing an award ticket?  And do any airlines allow you to hold an award reservation while you firm up your plans?

To help y’all out, I made a chart that shows the award ticket fees and policies for over 25 domestic and international airlines!

Award Flight Change Fees

Tracking Down Award Ticket Fees Can Be Tricky, So We’ve Made an Easy Table Showing Award Ticket Change & Cancellation Fees for Over 25 Airlines!

Let’s take a look!

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Now Earn Delta Miles With Airbnb Stays

Via View From the Wing, you can now earn 1 Delta mile per $1 you spend on Airbnb stays.

To earn the miles, you’ll need to book your Airbnb stay through the Delta Airbnb website.

There’s also a promotion for new Airbnb guests to earn 1,000 Delta miles on qualifying first stays.  And new Airbnb hosts can earn up to 25,000 Delta miles after meeting certain requirements!

Delta Miles Airbnb

Earn Delta Miles When You Book Airbnb Stays Through the New Delta Airbnb Website

I’ll explain more about the new partnership!

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My Review of LoungeBuddy: The TripAdvisor for Airport Lounges!

Airport lounges are a great way to make your travel experience more enjoyable.  Lounges can vary by airport, but they usually offer perks like free Wi-Fi, drinks and snacks (or even full meals!), and comfortable chairs.

Often times, there are several airport lounges in the same terminal.  So how do you decide which lounge to visit?

There’s a terrific website and app called LoungeBuddy, which provides details like specific airport lounge locations, cost, and featured amenities.  And folks can even share personal reviews of their experience at the lounge.

LoungeBuddy

LoungeBuddy Is a Great Tool for Folks Looking to Find the Best Airport Lounges, Like the Virgin America Loft Lounge in Los Angeles

A few years ago, I interviewed Tyler, the founder of LoungeBuddy.  Since then, there have been many enhancements to the app!

I’ll explain how you can use LoungeBuddy to improve your travel experience!

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