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VIRGIN AMERICA BEST U.S. AIRLINE IN CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER’S BUSINESS TRAVEL POLL
Airline Named Best in the U.S. in a Survey of over 25,000 Business Travelers — for the Fourth Consecutive Year
Thanks Business Flyers with a Network–Wide Fare Sale on Main Cabin and Premium Main Cabin Select Seats

San Francisco — September 13, 2011 Virgin America today took the top honors for ”Best Premium Class“ among domestic airlines in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2011 Business Travel Poll. 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 fourth consecutive year, as reported in the October issue of Condé Nast Traveler – on newsstands September 20, 2011.  To thank its loyal business flyers, the airline today launches a “Jet Back to Business” fare sale with low fares in both the airline’s Main Cabin and its premium Main Cabin Select service.  Main Cabin Select fares from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to major business destinations such as Dallas–Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) start from $149* and $199* respectively (restrictions, taxes and fees apply).  SFO and LAX Main Cabin fares to DFW start from $109** (restrictions, taxes and fees apply). 

An independent firm asked over 25,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers identified as business travelers to rate hotels, airports and airlines on a variety of criteria.  Final scores (out of 100) represent the percentage of readers who rated a hotel, airport, or airline “excellent” or “very good.”  Virgin America rated an overall score of 90.2. 

“We’re humbled that the discerning business travelers who fly the most have once again ranked our service the best in the domestic skies,” said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush.  “Our goal is to keep our guests comfortable, connected and productive at 35,000 feet, and to many of our frequent travelers, our flights really do offer an office in the sky.  In addition to the quality of service, we also believe we’re offering unrivalled value – with our Main Cabin Select service featuring amenities which most legacy airlines cannot duplicate in their First Class services.”

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 modern business travelers features like WiFi (the airline was the first to offer WiFi fleetwide as of May 2009), standard power outlets near every seat, personal touch–screen entertainment and the ability to order food and drinks at any time during a flight right from the seatback screen.  The airline’s Red™ entertainment platform offers +700 hours of content, including live TV with news and sports.  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, free movies and premium TV like HBO and Showtime, priority security access/boarding and one free checked bag.  In addition to a Main Cabin that offers custom–designed leather seats with a deeper, more comfortable pitch, Virgin America’s First Class features international–grade amenities and plush white leather seats with 55 inches of pitch and lumbar massagers.  Virgin America’s latest advertizing campaign showcases these business–friendly features in a digital short that can be viewed on the airline’s You Tube page at: http://www.youtube.com/virginamerica#p/f/10/3gh99dP4uZc

“Jet Back to Business” fare sale tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm PDT on September 15, 2011.  Travel must occur between September 15, 2011 and September 30, 2011.  Tickets are on sale now on Virgin America’s Web site (www.virginamerica.com) and at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN (1.877.359.8474).***  Fares listed below and at www.virginamerica.com.

Main Cabin Select “Jet Back to Business” Fares include:

Travel from September 15, 2011 to September 30, 2011

 

 

3 Day AP

Instant Upgrade to Main Cabin Select

 

Boston

Los Angeles

$399*

Boston

San Francisco

$399*

 

 

 

New York

Los Angeles

$399*

New York

San Francisco

$399*

New York

Las Vegas

$399*

     
Chicago Los Angeles
$199*
Chicago San Francisco
$199*
     

Dulles

Los Angeles

$299*

Dulles

San Francisco

$399*

 

 

 

Fort Lauderdale

Los Angeles

$249*

Fort Lauderdale

San Francisco

$249*

 

 

 

Orlando

Los Angeles

$199*

Orlando

San Francisco

$249*

     

Cancun

San Francisco

$299*

Cancun

Los Angeles

$399*

     

Los Cabos

San Francisco

$299*

     

Dallas/Ft.Worth

Los Angeles

$149*

Dallas/Ft.Worth

San Francisco

$149*

 

 

 

San Francisco

Los Angeles

$149*

San Francisco

Las Vegas

$149*

San Francisco

San Diego

$149*

 

 

 

Seattle

San Francisco

$149*

Seattle

Los Angeles

$149*

Main Cabin “Jet Back to Business” Fares include:

 

Travel from Sep 20 to Oct 5, 2011

Travel from Oct 6 to Dec 15, 2011

         

 

7 Day AP
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday

7 Day AP
Monday, Thursday, Friday

7 Day AP
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday

7 Day AP
Monday, Thursday, Friday

Boston

Los Angeles

$129**

$159**

$139**

$169**

Boston

San Francisco

$129**

$159**

$139**

$169**

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York

Los Angeles

$129**

$159**

$139**

$189**

New York

Las Vegas

$129**

$159**

$139**

$189**

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago

Los Angeles

$119**

$129**

$129**

$149**

Chicago

San Francisco

$119**

$139**

$129**

$169**

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dulles

Los Angeles

$129**

$149**

$139**

$159**

Dulles

San Francisco

$129**

$149**

$139**

$159**

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ft. Lauderdale

Los Angeles

$129**

$149**

$139**

$159**

Ft. Lauderdale

San Francisco

$129**

$149**

$139**

$159**

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orlando

Los Angeles

$129**

$149**

$139**

$159**

Orlando

San Francisco

$129**

$149**

$159**

$179**

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dallas Ft./Worth

Los Angeles

$109**

$129**

$119**

$139**

Dallas Ft./Worth

San Francisco

$109**

$129**

$119**

$139**

           

San Francisco

Los Angeles

$49**

$69**

$59**

$79**

San Francisco

Las Vegas

$49**

$69**

$59**

$79**

San Francisco

San Diego

$49**

$69**

$59**

$79**

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seattle

Los Angeles

$89**

$109**

$79**

$99**

Seattle

San Francisco

$79**

$99**

$89**

$109**

 

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles

Cancun

$159**

$159**

$169**

$169**

San Francisco

Cancun

$159**

$159**

$169**

$169**

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Francisco

Los Cabos

$149**

$149**

$149**

$149**

 

 

 

December 2, 2011 to March 14, 2012

     

 

 

Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun

 

San Francisco

Puerto Vallarta

 

$159****

Seattle

 

Puerto Vallarta

 

$179****

Virgin America has won a list of industry best-in-class awards since its 2007 launch, including “Best Domestic Airline” in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2008, 2009 and 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards.  In just four years flying, the airline continues to fuel significant growth, with expansion into major business markets and a new fleet that is expected to nearly triple in size by 2019.   Virgin America’s Elevate frequent flyer loyalty program offers guests the ability to redeem points for any unsold seat – on any flight, at any time.  The airline flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas–Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago and starting December 2, 2011 – Puerto Vallarta.

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Media Contact:  Patricia Condon (650) 762-7187 / patricia.condon@virginamerica.com

EDITORS NOTE: Virgin America is a U.S.–controlled, owned and operated airline. It is an entirely separate company from Virgin Atlantic. Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is a minority share investor in Virgin America.

About Virgin America:  Headquartered in California, Virgin America offers guests attractive fares and a host of innovative features aimed at reinventing air travel.  The airline’s new aircraft offer interactive in–flight entertainment systems and power outlets near every seat.  Virgin America offers Gogo™ WiFi on every flight and hosts the largest in–flight entertainment library in the North American skies via the touch–screen Red™ platform. Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas–Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago and Puerto Vallarta (starting December 2, 2011).  In April, the airline opened its new home as an anchor tenant at SFO’s sleek and sustainable Terminal Two (T2). www.virginamerica.com.

*Terms and Conditions for Main Cabin Select Fares: All Instant Upgrade Main Cabin Select fares are one-way, based on travel originating from the U.S, and require a 3-day advance purchase.  Travel must occur between September 15, 2011 and September 30, 2011. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm PDT September 15, 2011. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, a September 11th Security Fee of up to $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.70 per domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. For service to/from Mexico, fares do not include the U.S. Immigration User Fee of $7, the U.S. APHIS fee of $5, the U.S. International Arrival/Departure tax of $16.30 each way and additional taxes/fees of up to $60, including: Mexico International Departure Tax and Mexico Tourism Tax. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. Flights may not operate daily. Changes or cancellations can be made for a $75 fee if changes are made on Virgin America’s website (www.virginamerica.com) or a $100 fee through all other channels, including the call center and at the airport, plus any increase in fare, if applicable. Changes or cancellations of a booking made with Elevate Points will be subject to a $75 redeposit fee. Guests who no-show without a change or cancel prior to the scheduled departure time will forfeit the amount of this fare. In addition, any future flights booked in the same reservation will also be canceled and the fare will be forfeited. Tickets purchased from Virgin America through our reservation call center will cost an additional $20 per guest per itinerary. Any added cost associated with purchasing tickets from Virgin America through our reservation call center will be non-refundable. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket. Fares, routes, fees and schedules are subject to change without notice. For guests traveling within the U.S., Virgin America will accept one (1) piece of checked baggage up to 70 pounds free of charge for each ticketed guest. The fee per guest traveling within the U.S. for each additional checked bag up to 50 pounds from the second (2) to the tenth (10) is $25. For guests traveling to/from Mexico, Virgin America will accept one (1) piece of checked baggage up to 70 pounds and one (1) piece up to 50 pounds for free of charge for each ticketed guest. The fee per guests traveling to/from Mexico for each additional checked bag up to 50 pounds from the third (3) to the tenth (10) is $25. Additional fees apply to baggage exceeding these weight limitations, and other baggage restrictions may apply.

**Terms and Conditions for Main Cabin Fares (System):  All Main Cabin fares are one-way, based on travel originating from the U.S., and require a 7-day advance purchase. Travel must occur between September 20, 2011 and December 15, 2011.  Tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm PDT September 15, 2011. Lowest sale fares are available for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Blackout dates are November 18 through 29, 2011. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, the September 11th Security Fee of up to $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.70 per domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. For service to/from Mexico, fares do not include the U.S. Immigration User Fee of $7, the U.S. APHIS fee of $5, a U.S. International Arrival/Departure Tax of $16.30 each way and additional taxes/fees of up to $60, including: Mexico International Departure Tax and Mexico Tourism Tax. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. Flights may not operate daily. Changes or cancellations can be made for a $75 fee if changes are made on Virgin America’s website (www.virginamerica.com) or a $100 fee through all other channels, including the call center and at the airport, plus any increase in fare, if applicable. Changes or cancellations of a booking made with Elevate Points will be subject to a $75 redeposit fee. Guests who no-show without a change or cancellation prior to the scheduled departure time will forfeit the amount of this fare. In addition, any future flights booked in the same reservation will also be canceled and the fare will be forfeited. Tickets purchased from Virgin America through our reservation call center will cost an additional $20 per guest per itinerary. Any added cost associated with purchasing tickets from Virgin America through our reservation call center will be non-refundable. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket. Fares, routes, fees and schedules are subject to change without notice. Virgin America will accept one (1) piece of checked baggage up to 50 pounds (70 pounds for travel through October 28, 2011) for $25 for each ticketed guest traveling within the U.S. and for free of charge for each ticketed guest traveling to/from Mexico. The fee per guest for each additional checked bag up to 50 pounds from the second (2) to the tenth (10) is $25. Additional fees apply to baggage exceeding these weight limitations, and other baggage restrictions may apply.
***Any guest calling within the United States has access to a complimentary telecommunication relay service by dialing 711. For more information, go to: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/telecomm.asp

****Terms and Conditions for Main Cabin PVR fares: PVR service is subject to government approval. All Main Cabin fares are one-way and based on travel originating from the U.S. Travel must occur between December 2, 2011 and March 14, 2012. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm PDT September 19, 2011. PVR service is not available for travel on Mondays and Thursdays. Blackout dates are December 16, 2011 through January 4, 2012 and February 17, February 20, 2012. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.70 per domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. For service to/from Mexico, fares do not include the U.S. Immigration User Fee of $7, the U.S. APHIS fee of $5, a U.S. International Arrival/Departure Tax of $16.30 each way and additional taxes/fees of up to $60, including: Mexico International Departure Tax and Mexico Tourism Tax. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. Changes or cancellations can be made for a $75 fee if changes are made on Virgin America’s website (www.virginamerica.com) or a $100 fee through all other channels, including the call center and at the airport, plus any increase in fare, if applicable. Changes or cancellations of a booking made with Elevate Points will be subject to a $75 redeposit fee. Guests who no-show without a change or cancellation prior to the scheduled departure time will forfeit the amount of this fare.  In addition, any future flights booked in the same reservation will also be canceled and the fare will be forfeited. Tickets purchased from Virgin America through our reservation call center will cost an additional $20 per guest per itinerary. Any added cost associated with purchasing tickets from Virgin America through our reservation call center will be non-refundable. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket. Fares, routes, fees and schedules are subject to change without notice. Virgin America will accept one (1) piece of checked baggage up to 50 pounds for free of charge for each ticketed guest traveling to/from Mexico. The fee per guest for each additional checked bag up to 50 pounds from the second (2) to the tenth (10) is $25. Additional fees apply to baggage exceeding these weight limitations, and other baggage restrictions may apply.

 

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