Virgin America comes to Dallas. American responds with Double Elite Miles and Giveaways

Unicorn Chaser - Virgin America at LAX
Unicorn Chaser – Virgin America at LAX by J Brew on Flickr

(Editor’s note: the 15 Days of Give Aways has ended, but the Double AAdvantage Miles and the Double Elite Qualifying Miles promotion is still active.  Go here and use promotion code LASF2 when you register for this offer)

Virgin American starts service from Dallas-Ft. Worth to Los Angeles December 1 and San Francisco on December 6.  This is from the Virgin America website:

Flying without live TV, WiFi, leather seats, power outlets and food on demand is just plane un-American.


To fight back, American Airlines just announced that they’re offering Double Elite Miles on flights from DFW to LAX and SFO and introducing a ‘15 Days of Giveaways‘ promotion where passengers can win prizes. Here are the details:

American Airlines will surprise and delight customers flying between Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles or San Francisco this winter with a new promotion and prize giveaway launched today.

Between Nov. 29, 2010 and Feb. 28, 2011, American will reward AAdvantage members who fly round trip on nonstop service between DFW and LAX or between DFW and SFO with double elite qualifying miles and double flight miles. With this great offer, members can reach AAdvantage elite status faster and add to their mileage balance at the same time. To qualify, register prior to travel and obtain complete details at http://www.aa.com/15days using promotion code LASF2.

Additionally, between Dec. 1 and 15, American will introduce a ’15 Days of Giveaways’ promotion where customers on several mystery flights a day between DFW and LAX or between DFW and SFO will be selected to receive complimentary giveaway items including:

Avis Rent A Car Reward Day Coupons
Movie passes to see the new film “The Fighter”, courtesy of Paramount Pictures
Admirals Club One Day Passes
5,000 AAdvantage Miles
AA Vacations $100 Coupon
And more!

A friend of mine, a big Anchor Steam fan, is having a birthday in January. He’s suggested that a group of us all travel to San Francisco to gather together to visit the Anchor Brewery, and to celebrate his birthday at the Bourbon & Branch speakeasy.

I’ve heard so many good things about Virgin America that I’ve considered flying with them on this San Francisco trip just to see if they live up to their reputation. But now that American is offering double AAdvantage Miles and, more importantly, Double Elite miles, there’s no way I’ll give that up just to try Virgin. Yes, I am ashamed that I’m such a sucker for miles, but it’s not like Virgin offers enough flights from Dallas to enough cities that I’m going to switch and give up AAdvantage miles anyway.

I welcome Virgin and the competition they bring to Dallas. American has a vitrtual monopoly on the DFW market and it irks me that we pay so much more for fares than travelers in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Atlanta, even Detroit.

Anyway, you have to register in advance of travel using promotion code LASF2.  Go here for details, terms and conditions.

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