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Does the Virgin America Visa have priority boarding?

by on Mon July 20, 2015 • No Comment


The Virgin America Visa credit cards have a Jekyll and Hyde personality.

virginvisa170verticalThe good…

  • They give a $150 companion discount with few restrictions and a free checked bag, so it’s easy to make up the $49 and $149 annual fee on the regular and premium versions.
  • The points are pretty valuable  – worth about 2 cents each so you’re getting 2%+ reward value on your spending.

The bad…

  • The bank that issues the card – Comenity – is pretty dreadful when it come to service and online banking.
  • And the cards have lacked the basic priority boarding benefit that’s offered by most airline credit cards that have an annual fee.

But priority boarding appears to be heading to the good column and reports on FlyerTalk indicate a (sometimes) priority boarding benefit for cardholders on Virgin America flights.

It looks like credit card holders are being invited to board just after Elevate Gold / Silver members, and asked to flash their cards to the gate agent when boarding.

At this point the priority zone isn’t appearing on boarding passes, so it doesn’t look like Virgin has coded this as a hard update to its system. Which means it will be hit or miss and dependent on individual agents to deliver.

Hopefully Virgin will eventually code the benefit and make it official on boarding passes.

You can’t buy priority boarding on its own – the only way to get it otherwise is to be an Elevate elite member, sit in First Class, Main Cabin Select, or Main Cabin Express, which costs $15 – $50 and gives you a seat closer to the front of the plane but with no extra legroom.


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