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Alaska Dumps Virgin America Visa Cards, Offers No Replacement

Seattle, USA - April 28, 2012: Alaska Airlines jet at the D Concourse being loaded with passengers and luggage.

Virgin America Comenity cards to end with no replacement at the end of 2017.

Virgin America Visa Card holders will no longer be able to use their cards after January 1, 2018, with no replacement or conversion to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plus cards planned. In a FAQ sheet posted on the Virgin America website, the airline announced they would drop support for the legacy cards at the end of the year.

In previous mergers, cardholders for the folding brand would usually be able to keep their legacy products under a grandfather clause, or receive a new product for the remaining brand. When American Airlines merged with US Airways in 2015, the combined airline replaced all previous Barclaycard US Airways Premier World MasterCard products with a new product, the AAdvantage Aviator card.

However, in this situation, Alaska Airlines or Comenity Capital Bank will offer no direct replacement. Instead, flyers are being encouraged to apply for the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature from Bank of America. Additionally, Comenity is no longer accepting new applications for the Virgin America card.

“Current cardholders will continue to enjoy their benefits through December 31, 2017,” the website states. “Comenity Capital Bank will close all open accounts on January 4, 2018, which means your cards will no longer be accepted as payment for purchases.”

While time is running out for the Virgin America credit card, flyers still have time to take advantage of their benefits. Cardholders can still earn Elevate points through the end of the year, which will ultimately be converted to Mileage Plan miles. In addition, those who hold the Virgin America Premium Visa card can still earn 5,000 elite status points for every $10,000 spent, up to a total of 15,000 elite qualifying points before the end of the year. Elite qualifying points cannot be redeemed for flights.

All benefits of the Virgin America Elevate program attached to the card, including rolling over excess status points and baggage fee waivers, will end with the card sunset on January 1, 2018. Travelers who are planning travel in the next year will not receive benefits from the card for their flights.

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