VIRGIN AMERICA RANKS NO. 1 AMONG DOMESTIC AIRLINES IN TRAVEL + LEISURE WORLD’S BEST AWARDS – FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Airline Once Again Takes Top Honors as ‘Best Domestic Airline’ in Survey of T+L Readers
Virgin America Launches “High Five” Nationwide 8–Hour Fare Sale to Thank Flyers for the Five Year Sweep
San Francisco – July 6, 2012 – Virgin America, the California–based airline that is reinventing travel, today took the top honors for the fifth consecutive year as “Best Domestic Airline” in the prestigious Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. The annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards highlight the results of a survey that captures the opinions of Travel + Leisure readers on their favorite travel experiences.* In this 17th annual readers’ survey, airlines were rated byTravel + Leisure readers in four categories, including: cabin comfort, in–flight service, customer service and value. Virgin America was ranked as the top domestic airline for the fifth consecutive year. Select survey results, including Virgin America’s win, were profiled on NBC’s TODAY Show this morning and are now featured onwww.TravelandLeisure.com/worldsbest.
To thank its loyal flyers and celebrate its five year winning streak, Virgin America today launches an eight–hour “High Five” fare sale for travel between August 22, 2012 and October 17, 2012. Main Cabin fares start as low as $55** from San Francisco to San Diego and San Francisco to Los Angeles, and from $155** from Boston to Los Angeles, New York to Las Vegas and San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale (restrictions apply). Tickets must be purchased today (July 6) between 9:00am PT and 4:59pm PT. Tickets are on sale today and can only be purchased on Virgin America’s website (www.virginamerica.com) and at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN (1.877.359.8474).***
“We are honored to have won top marks from Travel + Leisure readers for the fifth year in a row,” said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush. “There are many awards that rank airlines that are paid or that include only the largest airlines, so it is a real distinction to win the top quality ranking in an independent survey of thousands of some of the most discerning travelers out there. As we mark our fifth year anniversary this summer, this award is a testament to our unique product and the continued dedication of our teammates – who work so hard to elevate every guest experience.”
The Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Awards results, including the Top Hotels Overall and Top 10 Cities Overall, are featured on www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest now and in Travel + Leisure’s August issue, available on newsstands July 20. The winners in each category will be honored July 19 at the Conrad New York Hotel in New York City. The award ceremony will be hosted by Travel + Leisure’s Editor–in–Chief Nancy Novogrod and Vice President and Publisher Jean–Paul Kyrillos.
To further celebrate its ranking among travel aficionados, today the airline asks flyers to contribute their own “High Five” photos by creating a “Virgin America High Five” pin board on Pinterest made up of five pins that reflect their top five travel highlights on Virgin America (or at a Virgin America destination) over the past five years and submitting it by 11:59pm PT on July 12. The airline will tweet, re–pin and share some of the top contenders over the next week, and will announce a winner (as determined by a panel of judges) at the end of the contest. The winner will score five free Main Cabin roundtrip flights on Virgin America.**** For more, guests can visit http://vgn.am/highfive or search the #HighFive hashtag on Twitter.
With topnotch guest service, beautiful design and a host of inventive amenities, Virgin America has captured a list of industry best–in–class awards since launching service in 2007. With one of the youngest fleets in the U.S., Virgin America offers guests sleek, tech–forward aircraft cabins with custom–designed seating, fleetwide in–flight WiFi, a cabin ‘moodlighting’ system which transitions across 12 shades based on outside light, power outlets near every seat and the most advanced in–flight entertainment system in the skies. The Red™ in–flight entertainment platform offers every traveler a seatback touch–screen with 25 on–demand films, live and premium TV, interactive Google Maps, music videos, videogames, seat–to–seat chat, a 3000 MP3 library and an on–demand menu – so guests can order a cocktail or meal from their seatback any time during a flight. Virgin America offers one of the largest selections of fresh menu items, with a focus on lighter, more health–focused options in keeping with the airline’s California roots. The menu was also named best in the U.S. in 2009 by Travel & Leisure.
“High Five” fares include the following, restrictions apply:
|August 22 to October 17, 2012|
|21 Day AP|
|Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat|
|New York||Los Angeles||$145**|
|New York||Las Vegas||$155**|
|New York||San Francisco||$175**|
|Ft. Lauderdale||Los Angeles||$165**|
|Ft. Lauderdale||San Francisco||$155**|
|Dallas/Ft. Worth||Los Angeles||$125**|
|Dallas/Ft. Worth||San Francisco||$125**|
|San Francisco||Los Angeles||$55**|
|San Francisco||Las Vegas||$65**|
|San Francisco||San Diego||$55**|
As one of the few growing U.S. airlines, Virgin America has expanded to 18 destinations, a fleet of 52 new aircraft and 2,600 teammates since its launch nearly five years ago. Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. (IAD), Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas–Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Portland and Washington D.C.’s Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) (as of August 14, 2012).
For broadcast–quality b–roll video and photos of Virgin America’s aircraft and unique cabins, please click here.
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EDITORS NOTES: 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. TRAVEL + LEISURE trademark and T+L World’s Best Awards logo used with permission. No association or endorsement implied.
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 base of operations is San Francisco International Airport’s sleek and sustainable new Terminal 2. The airline’s new aircraft offer interactive in–flight entertainment systems and power outlets near every seat. Virgin America was the first airline to offer Gogo™ InFlight Internet on every flight and hosts the largest in–flight entertainment library in the U.S. skies, via the touch–screen Red™ platform. For more, visit: www.virginamerica.com
About Travel + Leisure: With an eye for the authentic, the innovative, and the irresistible, Travel + Leisure® (www.travelandleisure.com, @travelandleisure) fuses expert reporting on culture, food, style, and design with stunning photography, transporting readers to the places–and the travel experiences–that matter now. T+L, the monthly title from American Express Publishing and the long–standing authority in its field, has the largest audience of any travel magazine and is an indispensable guide for global nomads. Travel + Leisure has a network of international editions, including Travel + Leisure Mexico, Travel + Leisure Turkey, Travel + Leisure China, Travel + Leisure South Asia, and Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia.
*About the Survey: For complete Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey methodology, visit:www.TravelandLeisure.com/worldsbest
**Fare Sale Terms and Conditions: All Main Cabin fares are one–way and require a 21–day advance purchase. Travel must occur between August 22, 2012 and October 17, 2012. Tickets must be purchased by 4:59pm PDT July 6, 2012. Blackout dates are August 31 and September 3, 2012. Lowest sale fares are available only on certain itineraries and are not valid for travel on Fridays and Sundays. Fares are only available for purchase through Virgin America’s website (www.virginamerica.com) or call center. 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. 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 per guest if changes are made on Virgin America’s website or a $100 fee per guest 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 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. 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 up to ten pieces of checked baggage, up to 50 pounds each, per ticketed guest traveling within the U.S. The fee for each piece of checked baggage up to 50 pounds 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
****Pinterest Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES & D.C. 18 AND OLDER WHO DID NOT PURCHASE EQUIPMENT FOR THE PURPOSES OF ENTERING THE CONTEST. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Enter Contest by 11:59 p.m. PT on 7/12/12. For Official Rules, which govern, and complete details, visit http://vgn.am/highfive.