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Virgin America has merged with Alaska Airlines

In 2016, Virgin America was bought out by the Alaska Air Group. In 2018, all Virgin America routes and services were integrated into Alaska Airlines. To find Virgin America Flights, please visit our Alaska Airlines page.

About Virgin America

Founded in 2007 and bought out by the Alaska Air Group in 2018, Virgin America was a US-based airline which provides low-fare services between the East and West coasts of the United States. The airline was a subsidiary of Virgin and was based at San Francisco International Airport, California.

Virgin America flew to many destinations across North America but some of its most popular included Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs, San Diego, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Kahului, Honolulu, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, Newark, New York City, Portland, San Jose and Orange County. At the time that it stopped flying, it flew to over 35 destinations, the majority of which were taken on by Alaska Airlines.

In April 2016, it was announced that Virgin America was to be acquired by Alaska Airlines. The integration of the two airlines was completed in 2018. The Virgin American Elevate program was merged into the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program, allowing all passengers to transfer their air miles and membership over to Alaska Airlines.

During its time of operation, Virgin America was awarded many accolades, including 'Best Domestic Airline' in Conde Nast Traveller's Reader Choice Awards.

Check-In Information

Online Check-In

As of 2018, all of Virgin American's route and services have been integrated into Alaska Airlines. For up-to-date online check-in information for Alaska Airlines please visit our Alaska Airlines page.

Airport Check-In

Since the start of 2018, Virgin American's routes and services have now been integrated into Alaska Airlines. For up-to-date airport check-in information for Alaska Airlines please visit our Alaska Airlines page.

Cabin Classes

Economy Class

The Economy Class cabin offered mood-lit cabins with Wifi, custom-designated leather seats, power outlets and a video touch-screen at every seatback offering guests on-demand menus and countless entertainment options.

First Class

On top of all the amenities that Economy Class offers, the First Class Cabin offered maximum legroom with nearly two feet of extra legroom in an exclusive cabin in addition to priority boarding and security checks.


Virgin America had a WIFI network installed on the majority of its flights. Virgin America was the first and airline to offer fleet-wide WIFI as well as power outlets at every seat.

Frequent Flyer Program


Virgin America had a frequent flyer program called Elevate which rewarded its passengers for continuingly buying its airline tickets. The Elevate frequent flyer program allowed passengers to earn points for every flight that they flew and redeem those points to get airline tickets for future flights on the airline. On top of this, Elevate members also benefited from a range of benefits, such as discounts from partners, extra baggage allowance and more.

Airline Alliance

Virgin America wasn't a member of an airline alliance during the time that it ceased operations. There were plans to create an exclusive airline alliance, which was to consist of only Virgin branded airlines. However, plans for this alliance never came to fruition.

Codeshare Agreements & Partners

Although it wasn't a member of an airline alliance, Virgin America had codeshare agreements and was partners with many different airlines. This includes the following airlines:

  • China Eastern Airlines
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Virgin Australia
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Aeromexico
  • Air China
  • Air New Zealand
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Air Tahiti Nui
  • Cathay Pacific
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern Airlines
  • El Al
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • EVA Air
  • Fiji Airways
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Icelandair
  • Japan Airlines
  • Korean Airlines
  • LATAM Airlines
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Destinations that Virgin America flew to

When Virgin America merged into Alaska Airlines, it flew to several destinations across Canada, Mexico and the US. This included destinations such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C, Honolulu, Austin, Dallas, New York City, Seattle, Toronto, Cancun and many more.

See all the destinations below:

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Hub Airport

San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International Airport was the hub airport for Virgin America. The airline was based at San Francisco International Airport for the entire 11 years that it was in operation. The airport has four terminals, numbered from 1–3 and an international terminal too. At some point, while it was active, Virgin America flew from each terminal within the airport. Although San Francisco International was its main hub, the airport also flew Los Angeles International as a secondary hub too.

Today, airlines which fly to and from this airport include Aer LingusAir CanadaAmerican AirlinesDelta Air LinesEVA AirJetBlue AirwaysUnited Airlines and United Express.


Virgin America's fleet consisted of entirely Airbus aircraft at the time it was bought out. It had a fleet size of over 65 aircraft which consisted of the following Airbus models:

  • Airbus A319-100
  • Airbus A320-200
  • Airbus A320neo
  • Airbus A321neo

Frequently asked questions

Does Virgin America still exist?

No. Virgin America was acquired by the Alaska Air Group in April 2016. Alaska Airlines continued to operate Virgin America under its own brand until Virgin America was fully merged in April 2018.

Can I book Virgin America flights?

It is no longer possible to book Virgin America flights. This is because the airline was integrated into Alaska Airlines when the Alaska Air Group bought the airline in April 2016. Although it is no longer possible to book Virgin America flights, Alternative Airlines tickers lots of alternative airlines, including Alaska Airlines, as well as American Airlines, Delta, Untied, and Southwest. Easily compare flights to find the flights that are best for you. For more information, you can take a look at our guide to domestic flights within the US.

When was Virgin America sold?

Virgin America was sold in 2016. Flights were operated by Alaska Airlines before ceasing in 2018.

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