Virgin America Announces Fee Change

San Francisco, Calif. - June 6, 2008 - Virgin America today announced it has changed some of the airline’s fees.  Due to the unprecedented surge in oil prices, the new carrier is increasing some of its fees for services such as pet and unaccompanied minor travel, overweight bags and flight changes.  Even with a brand new fleet that is 30 percent more fuel efficient than the average domestic airline fleet, the airline’s fuel bill can average hundreds of dollars per passenger on a transcontinental roundtrip at current oil prices.

“With the skyrocketing price of oil, we’re looking at all areas of our operation, from aircraft weight to staffing, in order to help us maintain competitive fares and the upscale, high-value service we’re known for,” said Virgin America’s Vice President of Planning and Sales, Diana Walke.  “We will always have a simple, transparent fee structure that is competitive or lower than our major network competitors.  But given the current oil environment, we want to be upfront and clear with our guests about these changes.”

As of June 6, 2008, the following new fees will apply:

Fee Type

Previous Fee

New Fee

Cabin pet fee



Change or cancellation fee in Main Cabin*



Unaccompanied Minor Fee



Second bag and beyond weight fee for 51-70lbs**



Overweight fee for all bags from 71-100lbs***




*As before, the airline's First Class guests will not be charged change or cancellation fees.

** The airline’s checked baggage policy allows guests to check a first bag free of charge that can weigh up to a generous 70 pounds and a second bag weighing up to 50 lbs for a $25 fee. Given the impact of extra weight on fuel costs, for a second checked bag (and any additional bags beyond the second), the airline will now charge an additional $50 per bag for bags weighing from 51-70lbs.

***For all checked bags weighing from 71-100lbs, the airline will now charge $100 per bag.  Virgin America’s First Class guests will not be charged for second bags, but overweight bag fees are applicable.  The airline’s carry-on baggage policy has not changed.

Virgin America continues to have a streamlined, transparent one-way fee structure with no Saturday night stay requirements for business and leisure travelers.  The carrier offers competitively-priced Main Cabin fares with unrivalled amenities and an international grade First Class cabin with fares that are up to 50% off what other U.S. airlines charge for last-minute coach fares.

Virgin America currently flies to seven cities with daily flights from: SFO to LAX, SFO to JFK, SFO to SAN, SFO to IAD, SFO to LAS, SFO to SEA, LAX to JFK, LAX to IAD and LAX to SEA.

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About Virgin America:

Launched in August 2007, Virgin America is the best financed new airline in U.S. history.  The San Francisco-based carrier offers guests attractive fares and a host of fun, innovative features aimed at reinventing air travel, including moodlighting, custom-designed leather seats, the most advanced in-flight entertainment system in the U.S., and on-demand food ordering through the video touch-screen at every seat.  Zagat's 2007 Airlines Survey ranked the airline #1 among U.S. carriers for quality in First Class and #2 for quality in Coach. Virgin America’s brand new fleet is significantly more fuel efficient than the average fleet flying domestically.  To learn more: