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AmEx and Virgin

American Express welcomes Virgin America Airlines to its Membership Rewards program, encouraging you to transfer Membership Rewards points into Virgin America’s “Elevate” frequent flyer program. Based on a simple “points per dollar” system, “Elevate” members earn five points per dollar on their base fare and the ability to earn even more points with Virgin America’s Elevate partners. Reward flights can be earned with as few as four roundtrips or 2,500 points. This corresponds with the Virgin America-American Express two-week Facebook promotion, giving you the chance to win prizes that include of a pair of free first-class roundtrip tickets to any Virgin America destination. Simply upload a photo to your Facebook profile of themselves striking their best glamour pose in your favorite “plain seat”, then go to to share their best shot. The top two photo submissions will win a grand prize of two First Class round-trip tickets on Virgin America and an annual Aircell Gogo WiFi pass while a random voter or “chair pose” entrant will be chosen daily through October 20 to receive two round-trip Main Cabin tickets, plus 30-day Gogo WiFi passes and three runners up who submit a photo will also receive two round-trip Main Cabin Select tickets on Virgin America and a 30-day Gogo WiFi pass. Visit to enter your submission today!

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