Catching up on some recent deals…

I just got home after going to a fantastic place called Wisconsin, so we’ll keep today brief as I recover from jet lag.

  • Virgin America has the single best domestic first-class product, at least on two-class planes, and is willing to give you bonus points to prove it.  They also have an excellent premium economy and will try to prove that to you, as well.  Through December 19, they’ll give you triple points (15 points per dollar) on First Class fares and double points (10 points per dollar) on Main Cabin Select, which is their premium economy.  They’re also kicking in more bonus points, depending on the amount you end up earning, and those extra bonus points will count toward elite status.

As far as I’m concerned, Virgin America is the single-most underrated domestic airline, given the amenities they offer in the better cabins and the price they offer in the standard economy cabin.  All seats have BIG seat-back TVs, standard and USB plugs and food delivery that you can order on your TV.  That’s right, it’s like room service on a plane.  Virgin America is mainly a west coast carrier, with a hub in San Francisco, but the product is outstanding if you are going across the continent.  You must register, which you can do here.

  • American Airlines is offering a pretty good deal on Hertz rental cars.  For rentals of 1-4 days, you can get four miles per dollar spent instead of one.  Rentals of five days or more are worth six miles per dollar.  The deal is good through February 28 and can be found here.  Rental car companies are another underrated group.  Unlike airlines or hotels, where they can be pretty much the same, the difference between a good rental car company and a bad one can make a world of difference when it comes to your trip.  You almost always get what you pay for, so it’s often worth it to pay more.  Note that many rental car companies will put you in their “elite” programs for free, allowing you to skip the counter on pick-up and drop-off.  The AA deal also mentions a 35% discount, but those discounts can be found anywhere and often have strict terms and conditions.
  • JetBlue recently sent out an email titled “You asked.  We listened.”  Now, I ask for a lot of things, most of them related to getting my kids to go to bed without fighting.  I often don’t get those things (including the easy bedtime), so I was intrigued by what JetBlue was giving me.  Turns out that JetBlue is offering me a special deal on a credit card, including 20,000 TrueBlue points after spending $1,000 in three months.  Of course, that’s the standard promo, so I’m not sure what the bonus is, but at least the title got me to read the email, which is probably what they were going for.


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