Book Flights on Virgin America
Virgin America was founded in 2007 with mission to “make flying good again.” They appear to have succeeded, having been named “Number One U.S. Airline in 2010” in the Zagat Global Airline Survey and “Best Domestic Airline” by both Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure for three consecutive years.
The iconic Virgin logo is instantly recognizable scrawled across the tail of Virgin America’s planes and the airline is known for their stylish design, affordable airfares, and innovative amenities that give passengers control of their in-flight experience such as fleetwide internet and on-demand meals.
Virgin America is primarily a U.S. domestic airline, with its main hub in San Francisco. It serves more than a dozen cities in the United States as well as several airports in Mexico.
Virgin America offers three easy options for check-in:
Online: The simplest and easiest way to check in for your Virgin America flight is to do so online. Online check-in opens 24 hours prior to your flight and is available until one hour prior to departure.
Self-Service Kiosk: Electronic kiosks near the counter enable you to help yourself and check in for your Virgin America flight by either swiping the credit card used to book your airline tickets, or entering the confirmation number.
At the Counter: If you’re travelling with pets, an unaccompanied minor, have other special needs, or simply kickin’ it old school and want to interact with a real person, checking in at the counter is the way to go.
Checked Luggage Restrictions for Virgin America
The cost and amount of checked baggage permitted on Virgin America flights depends on the type of ticket you have purchased.
All passengers can check up to ten bags for a fee of $25 each provided that each bag weighs no more than 22.6 kg and does not exceed total dimensions (L + W + H) of 178 cm. Overweight fees apply to any bag heaver than 22.6 kg.
First Class tickets include the first two checked bags for free, while passengers with Main Cabin Select, and fully refundable Main Cabin tickets can check one bag at no additional cost. All other passengers are required to pay $25 per checked item.
Carry-On Baggage Restrictions for Virgin America
Guests on Virgin America flights can take one carry-on item and one personal item with them into the cabin. Carry-on luggage can have maximum total dimensions (L + W + H) of 127 cm and must fit into the overhead bin or under the seat. Personal items include handbags, coats, pocketbooks, laptop bags, diaper bags, camera bags, walking sticks, umbrellas, briefcases or purses. For more information, refer to the Virgin America website.
Virgin America Special Luggage Requirements
Want to take your hockey gear or didgeridoo?
A seat must be purchased for oversized musical instruments or electronic devices, however some types of oversized sporting equipment such as fishing rods, bicycles, surfboards, skis, and scuba gear can be checked if prior arrangements are made with the airline. Further details are available on Virgin America’s website.
One infant stroller and one child safety seat per guest can be checked at no charge. Remember to display your name and contact information on the outside of every item of checked luggage.
Three varieties of seating options are available aboard Virgin America flights.
This section of the aircraft boasts eight stylish white leather seats configured in pairs on either side of the aisle, with a 55-inch seat pitch. Seats recline and have a massage feature and built-in footrest. First Class passengers enjoy complimentary entertainment, food, and can check two bags at no additional cost.
Main Cabin Select
With a 38-inch seat pitch, these seats have more legroom than the rest of those in the main cabin and passengers receive additional perks such as priority check-in, complimentary food and drinks, dedicated luggage space, and one free checked bag.
Custom black leather seats with a 32-inch seat pitch, TV and movies on demand, free Wi-Fi and other perks will have you double-checking your ticket in disbelief to make sure you indeed booked economy class.
Don’t forget Rudy!
Cats and dogs are allowed in the cabin on Virgin America flights, provided that they are transported in an airline-approved carrier that fits beneath the airline seat. The combined weight of the pet and carrier cannot exceed 9 kg and be no more than 45 cm long, 38 cm wide, and 20 cm tall. The animal must have a veterinary certificate issued within 30 days prior to the flight documenting that it has received all of its shots and is fit to travel. Puppies and kittens must be at least 8 weeks old and weaned.
Passengers bringing pets on board must specify this in their reservation. Pets can only travel in the Main Cabin section of the plane, and are not permitted in the First Class or Main Cabin Select seats of the aircraft. Animals brought onboard the plane are subject to a $100 USD fee per flight segment and count toward the passenger’s carry-on baggage allowance.
Service animals can accompany persons with disabilities on Virgin America flights free of charge and are not required to be in a carrier. Additional details about travelling with service animals is available on Virgin America’s website.
Additional regulations apply to animals travelling internationally on Virgin America flights between the USA and Mexico. Visit the Virgin America website for further information.
Each seat on Virgin America flights has an interactive touch-screen system called Red that provides not only entertainment options such as TV, music, and movies on demand, but also lets you order food and drinks right from your seat, play games, shop, and even chat with other passengers. Seats include power outlets for electronic devices and the entertainment system is compatible with standard earbuds and headphones.
Virgin America’s in-flight menu offers a range of meals and snacks with healthy options to meet most dietary requirements.
This airline’s fleet of over 40 planes is comprised of a mixture of Airbus A319-112 and Airbus 320-214 models. On both models seats are configured in rows with three seats on either side of the aisle in the Main Cabin, and two seats on each side in the First Class cabin. Lavatories are at the front and rear of the plane.
Virgin America’s stylish Clubhouse lounges are located at San Francisco (SFO), New York (JFK) and Washington D.C. (IAD.) Lounge access is available to First Class and Main Cabin Select passengers at all locations, and to Elevate loyalty program members at SFO. Pets and children under the age of 12 are not permitted in the lounge. Clubhouse admission costs $35 per person, and includes amenities such as Wi-Fi, showers, a juice bar, healthy food, television, a full bar, and a variety of reading materials. Hours vary by location, but most are open in the late afternoon and evening. Some are located on the land side of the terminal, before security, so make sure that you allow enough time to clear security after refreshing yourself in the lounge.