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If you're planning to fly today, keep an eye out for some extra special passengers walking through the airport. Particularly, towards any mood-lit gates for Virgin America. If this describes your travel plans, have your smartphone ready, since there's a little prize involved.
Virgin is launching a new promotion and the fun all starts today with, as expected, a bucket load of Virgin-ness. The promotion is highlighting the airline's passenger "Experience" and will begin to use actual photos snapped onboard any flight. If you get some cool shots mid-flight today, upload them to Instagram and push it to Twitter using the hashtag #MyVXExperience and your photos will be live-streamed to the NASDAQ board in Times Square.
For those with fingers who can snap, upload and tag photos fastest (and you don't have to be on a Virgin America flight to do so), a 30% discount code for a Virgin flight will hit your Twitter DMs. Not too shabby! Just be fast, since this is only open to the first 1,000 photos.
So. Adding a little Swarovski crystal tramp-stamping on their new Upper Class bar wasn't enough for Virgin Atlantic. The airline has just announced that, on September 6, five lucky Economy passengers on Virgin Atlantic flights will also enjoy an extra bit of sparkle by finding crystal-covered eyeshades in their onboard amenity kits.
They're not just any crystal-covered eyeshades, either; these are Swarovski ones with 3,000 crystals painstakingly hand-applied over 10 hours. The value? $4,000 each. Kinda makes you not want to put your greasy, jetlagged face on it and snore through a 7-hour flight, huh?
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Hopefully by this point in the week you've already seen the viral music video "Gangnam Style," so we safely declare the above cuteness the best video you'll see today.
It of course comes from Virgin America, who've been using Boothe "cutest dog in the world"to promote their pet friendliness. Back in June, Boo and Buddy (plus their owner) flew VX and the experience has been documented on VX's twitter and instagram. Finally it comes to YouTube with this best-of overview of Boo's First Class travel.
And, yes, his boarding pass does say "WORLD CUTEST DOG/BOO."
[Photo: Virgin America]
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Forgive the obvious train headline pun.
You wake up and inevitably roll over to check your phone. Emails, Twitter replies (none), and finally Facebook. Based on what you see there, you're going to have your first instinct on calling it a good day or a bad day.
Well, my friends, today's already one of those bad days as the first bit of news we caught was the end of Britain's Virgin Trains. You can read all the details behind the line's impending closure at BusinessWeek, but essentially Virgin Trains rebid to continue running their services on the privatized west coast lineslines they've been running for 15 years at currently 30 million passengers per yearand LOST.
Virgin will continue running until December, when the switch will take place to see Virgin out and UK rail company FirstGroup in. This means the end of slick, red-painted tilting Virgin Pendolinos on routes including London to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, and Liverpool (our favorite).
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This weekend, Virgin America decided to celebrate turning five years old just as I'm sure most of us celebrated our fifth birthdays: by parking a giant float outside of a baseball stadium, giving away lots of free swag, and blasting dance music. I mean, at least that's how I remember my fifth birthday party.
As we recently found out on Virgin's inaugural flight from San Francisco to Portland, the airline does know how to throw a party. We arrived to San Francisco's AT&T Park just as the "Virgin America Day" festivities were beginning. The DJ was playing the hits, lots of Virgin America employees were hanging out showing off their new Banana Republic uniforms, and Giants fans were climbing over each other to catch a free t-shirt.
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Chillax for a sec, mkay? We want to take a moment to alert you to the fact that not only is today the launch of Virgin America's new uniforms; it's also "Virgin America Day" in San Francisco and the entire airline's Fifth Anniversary celebrating the start of flights!
And guess what? We were actually there on that very first flight, August 8, 2007. It was the infancy of our live coverage, though we'd been cheering VX on from the start of the "Let VA Fly" campaign to the Department of Transportation. And, just as the airline has grown in awesomeness, so have we. Today we want to congratulate them by getting all sentimental and looking back on our own favorite photo moments:
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We love it when airlines get new uniforms. Like, love love it and we're not even flight crew, so we can only imagine the elation at Virgin America as their employees don the new Banana Republic-designed uniforms.
Today is the very first day for the fresh outfits, which incorporate such flash as silk scarves, red trenches and red stripes on pilots' epaulets. If you're flying soon on Virgin America, now you know exactly what to say to quickly get on their good sidecompliment them on the new uniforms!
If you're not flying Virgin America soon, there's still a way to watch as the crew gets comfortable with styling the slicker duds; VX crew is encouraged to submit "selfies" (self-shot photos) to Pinterest and Instagram of themselves sporting the new gear.
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What's that saying? Ah yes, "the best camera is the one you have on you." Since we're never without a camera and hardly ever not traveling, we've managed to capture a serious collection of travel photos in our numerous Photo Galleries.
Here at Jaunted, we devote a lot of enthusiasm to exploring the the premium airline lounges of the world, but time and time again we're asked about what behind the doors of the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses. Must be the mystique, or you know the fact that their cocktail list is legendary.
Now is as perfect a time as ever to share their interiors with youthe ones we've been inside, at least. That includes the Clubhouses of London-Heathrow, London-Gatwick, San Francisco, Newark-Liberty and the very spicy, very new digs at New York-JFK. Just keep in mind that, coming this October, the Newark lounge reopens with a completely renovated design, with the aim of evoking Manhattan's downtown vibe.
Without further ado:
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Well this is sure the week to announce loyalty programs changes, huh? First we had the announcement of JetBlue's TrueBlue Mosaic level, and now Virgin America is going to reward their more frequent flyers with twocount 'emtwo levels above regular Elevate Red, and with accompanying complimentary perks.
Please welcome Virgin America's Elevate Silver and Elevate Gold to the frequent flyer status dance party. The program officially kicks off August 8, so don't go logging in to check your status quite yet.
Becoming Virgin America Elevate Silver
· First off, you've got to be a member of the Elevate program in general. Join here for free and you'll begin at level Red.
· Fly somewhere, and do it a lot. To go from Red to Silver, you must earn 20,000 status points in a calendar year. Elevate points are based on how much money you spend on flights, not on miles flown, and it's 5 points per $1 spent.
· You'll need to spend $4,000 in one year flying Virgin America. Assume you spend $500 on each roundtrip, coast-to-coast flight, that's doable in 8 roundtrips.
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Every so often here at Jaunted, we get a dispatch from The Newbie Traveler Andy Miles, who, despite his passion for travel, is still working on getting out there in the world. His unique perspectives are those of a first-timer, and today we're excited to hear about his very first visit to an airline lounge. Starting strong with Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class Clubhouse at London-Heathrow Airport:
This is not my first time through London-Heathrow, nor is it my first transatlantic flight (though that one wasn't too long ago), but it is my first instance of entering an airport's other realm, that magical place reserved for elite flyers.
I arrived at the Virgin Atlantic check-in counter a solid 3 hours before my flight. A greeting and a smile by the "Upper Class Red"-lipsticked attendant was the first good omen. I checked my bag and was explained the process of accessing the almighty Upper Class Clubhouse lounge.
"Go straight to the elevator just there, through the Fast Track security line, and then proceed to Lounge H."
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Fact: when airline crew walk through an airport in uniform, they turn heads.
Fact: when Virgin airline crew walk through almost anywhere in uniform, they turn heads.
Now, as modern as the slim white blouse/black skirt look is on Virgin America, they're under pressure to keep that freshness alive as they celebrate their 5th Anniversary this year. And, let's be honest, they were a bit plain. Poor male in-flight crew were all black, head to toe! That's why, come August 8, Virgin America flight crew will hit the (tarmac) runway in all new uniforms designed on the (fashion) runway with Banana Republic. Not to mention that they'll also offer special edition collab products for sale to passengers as well.
Everyone from guest services to pilots will be re-suited in looks that break away from "the sea of navy blue that we have in the airline industry." Spoiler alert: RED TRENCHCOATS.
Designer crew togs are definitely a first for Banana Republic. Though they admit to having been approached to design airline uniforms in the past, this is the only time they've felt it ideal as a "marriage of the brands." Or, Banana's Creative Director Simon Kneen puts it, "Virgin America came along and we couldn't say no."
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You may know that the book Fifty Shades of Grey has sold over 10 million copies and continues to sit at the top of the best sellers list. You may also know that the book is actually Twilight fan fiction, thought the storyline focuses on a virgin who makes an "arrangement" with a wealthy man, an arrangement that involves kinky sex.
Now, what you probably don't know is that there's a way to read the book without having the buy it, without having to walk around carrying the obvious cover and without having to take time out of your day.