American and Virgin America have been battling it out in California, Texas and Illinois. I’ve seen fares from my home airport (DFW) to Los Angeles and San Francisco drop to about half what they were a year ago, and both airlines have been offering big fare sales on the routes that they both serve.
A couple of times this year, American has offered Double Elite Qualifying Miles and Double AAdvantage Miles in these markets. The last such offer exired a few weeks ago, but starting today, they’re bringing them back:
Chicago or DFW – Los Angeles or San Francisco. Reach Elite Status Faster. Double Miles
Increase Your Mileage Balance and Qualify For AAdvantage Elite Status Faster Than Ever
Airline: American Airlines
Award: Double Elite-Status Qualifying Miles. Double Flight Miles
Bonus Code: DEQ11
Dates: Book your trip and fly between October 27, 2011, and March 31, 2012
Offer: Reach AAdvantage elite status faster than ever with this offer and add to your mileage balance at the same time! Just book a round-trip ticket and fly on American Airlines between Chicago O’Hare or DFW and Los Angeles or San Francisco from October 27, 2011, through March 31, 2012. You’ll earn double flight miles AND double elite-qualifying miles, the miles that bring you closer to AAdvantage elite status membership – at an accelerated rate.
With so many choices, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get to your destination and add more miles to your AAdvantage account:
Between Chicago and Los Angeles 10 nonstops each business day
Between Chicago and San Francisco 6 nonstops each business day
Between DFW and Los Angeles 16 nonstops each business day
Between DFW and San Francisco 10 nonstops each business day
I have a few trips to Los Angeles lined up already, so I read through the fine print to see if this new offer applied to travel after October 27, but purchased earlier. Unfortunately (for me), it does not. To qualify for this offer you’ll have to purchase your ticket on or after today. (Boo hiss, Boo hiss!)
You must be a resident of Illinois, Texas or California to qualify for this offer and registration is required in advance using pomo code DEQ11. Go here to read the full terms and conditions and to sign up.
(Dan Webb has an interesting interview with Virgin America CEO over at Things in the Sky.)