Credit card offerings come and go all the time. Last year, we saw the disappearance of the Virgin America co-branded credit card, and were not sure when it would return. Well, it has returned better than ever.
Here today, we bring you a review of the offerings that the new Virgin America Visa Signature Credit Cards hold, and see if it’s worth applying. The offerings are split between the Virgin America Visa Signature Card and the Virgin America Premium Visa Signature Card. Here we go!
- Annual Fee
The Virgin America Visa Signature card carries a $49 annual fee, and the Platinum carries a $149 annual fee.
- Sign-Up Bonus
The Virgin America Visa Signature card will earn 10,000 Elevate bonus points after spending $1,000 in the first three months. The Platinum will earn 15,000 Elevate bonus points under the same stipulations.
- Bonus Points
There are points to be earned! Each card will net you three (3) points per dollar spent on Virgin America purchases, and one point for every dollar spent everywhere else.
- Platinum Status Points
The Platinum version of this card allows you to earn status points toward elite status. For every $10,000 spent on the card, you’ll receive 5,000 status points, up to 15,000 per year. Plus, any additional points you may have earned above status carry over to the next year.
- Platinum Cancellation/Change Fees
By having the Platinum version of the credit card, you’ll never have a change or cancellation fee with Virgin America. Usually, you’re charged $100 to change your flight.
- Checked Bags
Each card offers you one (1) free checked bag for you and another traveler in your party when you have paid for the flight with your card.
- Companion Ticket
A great benefit for those with significant others, you’ll receive $150 a companion ticket every year you remain a cardholder.
- 20% off In Flight Purchases
Just like it sounds, anything purchased on the RED in-flight entertainment system (including snacks and alcohol) will receive a twenty percent discount.
- Additional Benefits
You’ll never have a blackout date for award travel, and your points will never expire. This card is issued by Comenity Bank.
Virgin America constantly wins best service in the US domestic market. Having flown them once, it was nothing short of extraordinary. With a budget minded pricing scheme, but a first class to aspire to be in, it’s the best of both worlds. The only problem is that they do not fly everywhere just yet, and if you’re in the center of the country, good luck! They fly nowhere near you.
However, if you’re on the West Coast, or flying cross country often to New York or Ft. Lauderdale, Virgin is a definite option. This credit card is a no-brainer for those that fly them often, and the Platinum card makes itself worth the expensive annual fee with the “no cancellation fees” option. I can’t tell you how many times I wish there were no change fees (and a reason why Southwest is so popular!). Does this card have a spot in your wallet? Apply away, then!