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AS to buy VX
« on: April 04, 2016, 06:35:43 AM »
Excerpt from news release:
 Following closing, Alaska Airlines will welcome Virgin America Elevate loyalty program members into its Mileage Plan, ranked #1 by U.S. News and World Report. With Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, members are able to redeem award miles for travel to more than 900 destinations worldwide, rivaling global alliances. Until the transaction closes, both loyalty programs will remain distinct with no short-term impact on members. Upon closing, the programs will be merged. Alaska Airlines is committed to ensuring that loyalty members of both airlines maintain the same high-value rewards they've come to enjoy in both programs with access to an even larger network.

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Re: AS to buy VX
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2016, 06:46:33 AM »
While they are committing to MP as the program, IMO, it remains to be seen which partners they keep and are able to keep. I can't see DL and AA being happy with AS encroachment into LAX/SFO-NYC. At some point AS becomes too annoying of a little brother to keep around.

In addition, given that neither airline is in an alliance, one would normally hope to keep both sets of partners, but I can't see the combined AS being able to keep both BA and VS, as they are direct competitors.

At least one thing we do somewhat  know. They are keeping EK.
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Re: AS to buy VX
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2016, 09:19:36 AM »
And they financed the deal with the EK devaluation  ;D ;D ;D

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Re: AS to buy VX
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2016, 09:26:16 AM »
As an AS stockholder I'm not sure how I should feel.
I always thought AS could be swallowed up by Delta (for a nice premium), didn't think AS would be buying up other airlines.

Though this merger might make Delta even more desperate to buy them now.

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Re: AS to buy VX
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2016, 01:06:24 AM »
Jetblue is offering first time B6 flyers of NY and CA free tickets in their sweepstakes as condolences for not aquiring VX.

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Who do you think you are fooling? You think you are going to pull a quick one on your Creator? Good luck with that.
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Re: AS to buy VX
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2016, 10:28:49 AM »
have not seen this posted anywhere else yet.

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Should you choose to do so, you will be able to convert existing Elevate points into Mileage Plan miles at a rate of 1.3 Mileage Plan miles per Elevate point, so you can book award travel on Alaska and its extensive network of international partners.

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11.   Can I convert Mileage Plan miles to Elevate points?

No, travelers can only convert Virgin America Elevate points to Alaska Mileage Plan miles at a rate of 1.3 Mileage Plan miles per Elevate point. However, beginning December 19th, Alaska Airlines will begin selling tickets on Virgin America through the Alaska Airlines website via a new codeshare agreement. This will allow Mileage Plan members to use their miles to book travel on Virgin America should they choose to do so.

effective jan 9th

https://www.virginamerica.com/cms/alaska-virgin-top-faqs.html

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Re: AS to buy VX
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2016, 10:31:52 AM »
have not seen this posted anywhere else yet.

effective jan 9th

https://www.virginamerica.com/cms/alaska-virgin-top-faqs.html
1.3 MP. not bad.
I just hope award rates dont change

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Re: AS to buy VX
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2016, 10:52:47 AM »
1.3 MP. not bad.
I just hope award rates dont change

makes spg-AS even better if you run it through VX first