VIRGIN AMERICA BEST U.S. AIRLINE IN CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER'S BUSINESS TRAVEL POLL
For the Sixth Consecutive Year, Virgin America Ranked Top U.S. Airline by Business Travelers
San Francisco, Calif. – September 25, 2013 – Virgin America was voted "Best Premium Class" among domestic airlines in Condé Nast Traveler's 2013 Business Travel Poll - which surveyed 79,000 business travelers. 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 Condé 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 here.
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 here. 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 here.
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™ 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 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.
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).
Photos of Virgin America's unique aircraft: www.virginamerica.com/about/airline-photos/virgin-america-pictures.html
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EDITORS NOTE: Virgin America is a U.S.-controlled and operated airline and 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. With topnotch guest service and beautiful design, Virgin America has earned a host of industry awards since launching service in 2007. The airline's base of operations is San Francisco International Airport (SFO)'s beautiful and sustainable Terminal 2. With one of the youngest fleets in the U.S., Virgin America offers Gogo™ WiFi, interactive in-flight entertainment systems with the largest media library in the North American skies via the touch-screen Red™ platform and power outlets near every seat. For more: www.virginamerica.com
*Fare Sale Terms and Conditions: All Instant Upgrade to Main Cabin Select and First Class fares require a 7-day advance purchase and travel must occur between October 1, 2013 and November 20, 2013. Fares must be purchased by 11:59pm CT on September 25, 2013. Lowest sale fares are available only on certain itineraries. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. Flights may not operate daily. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. For Instant Upgrade to Main Cabin Select, changes or cancellations can be made for a $100 fee per guest through all channels, plus any increase in fare, if applicable. Any remaining balance will be placed in a guest's travel bank, good for travel on Virgin America for one year from date of issue. For First Class, changes or cancellations can be made without a fee; an increase in fare will be collected if applicable. Changes or cancellations of a booking made with Elevate Points will be subject to a $100 redeposit fee per guest. 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. For Instant Upgrade to Main Cabin Select, Virgin America will accept one (1) piece of checked baggage up to 50 pounds free of charge for each ticketed guest. The fee per guest for each additional checked bag up to 50 pounds from the second (2) to the tenth (10) is $25. For First Class, Virgin America will accept two (2) pieces of checked baggage up to 50 pounds for free of charge for each ticketed guest. The fee per guest 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.
**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