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Virgin America schedules are currently open through end of April 2018, and it has been that way for quite a while now. I have been wondering when the schedule will be extended beyond April, as I am interested in a couple of flights from SFO next summer. Well, wonder no more, Virgin America flights now have Alaska numbers and are bookable on Alaska Airlines website through end of schedule, currently September 2018!
The seat map of flight 1026 confirms that it is operated on Airbus series, which Alaska acquired through the acquisition of Virgin America.
Book Virgin America flights using AAdvantage miles and Avios
Now that Virgin America flights get Alaska numbers, what does that mean? Well, not only you can book the flights using Alaska miles, you can also book it through American Airlines and British Airways! This could mean potential huge savings since British Airways has a distance-based award chart.
While American charges 22,500 miles for one-way flight to Hawaii from west coast, Alaska charges 17,500 miles. But British Airways only charges 12,500 Avios for the same one-way flight! I found award seats on July 19, 2018 to Maui from Los Angeles, a route previously operated by Virgin America.
Both flights are bookable on American Airline website as well using 22,500 Advantage miles
The American Airline flight #161 can be found on British Airways website, but the Alaska flight can only be booked by calling in.
It seems that not all Virgin/Alaska award flights are released to partners. But if they are bookable with American Airlines, they should also be bookable with British Airways.
Redeem Singapore Krisflyer miles for Alaska flights
The fact that Virgin America flights now have Alaska numbers should also mean that you can book Virgin flights through Singapore Krisflyer program. I booked an Alaska flight this weekend for Labor Day weekend 2018 to New York. I decided to burn my AA miles instead of using my valuable Alaska miles.
Out of curiosity I called Singapore to see if they could book the flight. To my surprise, I was told by the agent that Alaska hasn’t released schedule yet! Perhaps the redemption agreement between Alaska and Singapore is so new that they have yet to work out all the details? I will have to check back later!