You can save up to $75 off a round-trip Virgin America flight when you buy a LivingSocial voucher by November 3, 2014.
But is this really a good deal? I’ll explain who should buy this voucher and who should NOT!
Save up to $75 off a Round-Trip Virgin America Flight
You can save up to $75 off a round-trip flight on Virgin America when you buy a LivingSocial voucher by November 3, 2014.
You can buy 1 of 3 LivingSocial vouchers:
- $25 for $75 off a round-trip long haul flight (1,600+ miles)
- $15 for $50 off a round-trip medium haul flight (701 to 1,600 miles)
- $10 for $25 off a round-trip short haul flight (up to 700 miles)
Airport taxes are not included in the discount.
You have to book your flight by November 18, 2014.
You can travel now through February 28, 2015. But there are a lot of blackout dates:
- November 7, 2014
- November 10, 2014
- November 20, 2014, to December 2, 2014
- December 18, 2014, to January 6, 2015
- January 16, 2015
- January 19, 2015
- February 13, 2015
- February 16, 2015
Some readers report that they were offered an additional discount; $22 for $75 off a round-trip long haul flight IF they bought within 1 hour of visiting the LivingSocial voucher offer page.
Are the Savings Worth it?
Emily and I haven’t flown on Virgin America because we almost exclusively fly domestically on Southwest because of our Companion Pass. So I was curious to see how Virgin America’s prices compare to Southwest if we did not have the Companion Pass.
Flying from Austin to San Francisco is considered a medium haul flight. A flight from Austin to San Francisco on December 13, 2014, to December 15, 2014 would cost ~$296.
You could by a $50 voucher for $15 on LivingSocial. So you’d save $35. This means your flight would cost ~$261 (~$296 ticket cost – $50 off + $15 cost of LivingSocial voucher).
The same flight on Southwest would cost ~$315.
So you’d save ~$54 flying on Virgin America. But you have to pay:
- $25 for each checked bag
- $30 to book seats on Virgin America
- $25 to $50 for same day flight changes
- $75 to $150 to change or cancel your reservation on Virgin America
- $20 phone call if you have to call Virgin America
You would pay $0 for all those things on Southwest. So it might not be worth saving ~$54 because you could spend it on fees. That is, unless you aren’t checking bags and don’t plan on changing your flight.
And if you have the Companion Pass, 2 people could fly on Southwest for ~$315. While 2 people would pay ~$522 on Virgin America.
The same flight on JetBlue is ~$319. You get 1 free checked bag and the seats are ~2 inches wider than those on Virgin American & Southwest.
However, the Virgin America flight is a non-stop flight. So some folks might prefer that over having to change planes.
Flying from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale is considered a long haul flight. A flight from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale on November 11, 2014, to November 18, 2014 would cost ~$306.
You can buy a $75 voucher on LivingSocial for $25. So you’ll save $50 on your flight. So your flight would cost ~$256 (~$306 for the ticket – $75 voucher + $25 cost of the LivingSocial voucher).
The same flight on Southwest would cost ~$297.
You’d save ~$41 flying on Virgin America (~$297 ticket on Southwest – ~$256 ticket on Virgin America (after LivingSocial voucher).
You can save up to $50 off a round-trip flight on Virgin America when you buy a LivingSocial voucher by November 3, 2014.
You can buy 1 of 3 LivingSocial vouchers: $10 off a $25 flight voucher, $15 off a $50 flight voucher, and $25 off a $75 flight voucher.
You have to book your flight by November 18, 2014. And there are a lot of blackout dates.
Buying a LivingSocial voucher could make sense to folks who are traveling solo, don’t have checked bags, aren’t planning on changing their flights, and already planned on flying on Virgin America.
And most of Virgin America’s flights are non-stops, so it could be worth the extra money.
But for folks who have the Southwest Companion Pass, check bags, or may need to change or cancel their flights, buying a LivingSocial voucher isn’t a good deal.