Earning Virgin America Points for Emirates Flights

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Only Certain Emirates Fare Classes Earn Elevate Points

Virgin America Elevate frequent flyer program members can earn points for flights on Emirates, an award-winning airline that flies to more than 130 destinations worldwide.  Only certain Emirates fare classes are eligible to earn Elevate points; the fare class together with the number of miles flown determines how many Elevate points are earned.

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Economy fare classes B, G, H, K, L, M, Q, T, U, V, X earn 20% of the miles flown as Elevate points.

Economy fare classes E, R, Y, W earn 40% of the miles flown as Elevate points.

Business fare classes J, C, I, O earn 60% of the miles flown as Elevate points.

First class fare classes F, A, P earn 80% of the miles flown as Elevate points.

Emirates flight tickets must be issued in one of the fare classes shown above to earn Elevate points.  No other fare classes are eligible for points accrual.  In addition, flights must be marketed and operated by Emirates Airline.

Emirates tail livery - the UAE flagHow to Book an Emirates Flight in the Desired Fare Class

  • Book your flights on Emirates.com. This will allow you to select flights that are marketed and operated by Emirates.  A travel agent can also book you into the fare class of your choice.  Do not use online travel agencies like Orbitz or Expedia as the ticket may not be issued in a mileage-earning fare class.
  • Look for flights that show the Emirates tail livery (the UAE flag, as in the image above) and begin with the letters "EK".
  • Use this guide to Emirates fare classes to select the fare type (Saver, Flex, etc.) that corresponds to the fare class and your desired mileage earning ratio.
  • Include your Virgin America Elevate number when making the reservation.

Add an Elevate Number to an Existing Emirates Reservation

If you’ve already reserved Emirates flights, you can add your Elevate number to ensure proper credit to your Virgin America account.  Visit Emirates.com, then Plan and Book >> Manage a Booking >> Frequent Flyer Program or call (800) 777-3999

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