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  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous at |

    Elevate is THE WORST!! I have flown 8 one way flights on Virgin America between LAX and IAD. That’s 18,352 miles on any other airline, or 50% towards a Southwest Rapid Rewards ticket. But Thats only 4580 points on Virgin America (I average $114 per flight). Right now the cheapest flight between IAD and LAX is $134 each way or 12,464 points for a free round trip ticket. So I am only 37% of the points needed to get a free trip, the same flight that I have traveled 4 round trips. With any other airlines I would be 73% towards a 25,000 mileage award, and 50% towards a southwest ticket (Southwest also has no change fees). And all of those other airlines have much larger choice of destinations for my free ticket. The Elevate program is clearly and definitely the WORST in the industry. Interestingly they had 4900 points as the amount for a free ticket on their wesite for more than a year. Too bad this is NOT even enough for a free ticket for the $59 each way ticket between LAX and SFO which requires 5488 points. What a scam!

  2. Seth
    Seth at |

    Sorry to see that you’ve learned this the hard way. Collecting points in a program without understanding the redemption possibilities is a risky proposition, and you seem to have lost.

    That being said, the 10% return on value will get you a free one-way after 10 one-way trips, and you’re pretty close to that except for the fact that the fares went up a bit.

    Flying 20 transcon segments on any other carrier (the amount to get a R/T reward) would have you sitting on about 50K points, which is enough for two reward seats if the inventory is available or one if you have to do double points. And if you do it all in one calendar year you end up with even more thanks to elite bonuses.

    The shine is going to rub off from the VX product pretty quickly now that it is clear they aren’t looking at the elevate program as being at all competitive with other carriers’ programs.