Air travel has become the safest means of sky transportation, supplanting being launched by a catapult while wearing a plush animal costume and riding a racehorse tethered to a kite. Soar safely with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $100 toward roundtrip air travel between Chicago and San Francisco or Chicago and Los Angeles with Virgin America, which today launches service from O'Hare International Airport. Fares are subject to availability and prices depend on flight dates and advance booking time. All fares are subject to restrictions, taxes, and fees. All proceeds from this deal will go to fund interdisciplinary cancer research through Stand Up To Cancer.
Named the best domestic airline for three consecutive years by both Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler, Virgin America boasts a fleet of all-new Airbus A320 and A319 planes that house a cavalcade of cabin comforts, including custom leather seats with a spacious 32-inch pitch in economy class, and international-grade white leather seats with a 55-inch pitch in first class. All seats also come equipped with 9-inch video touchscreens with keyboards and remote controls, 110-volt power outlets, and almond-butter churns. A pioneer of in-flight WiFi (for an additional fee), Virgin America allows tech-loving travelers to stay connected while lapping up the luxury of the airline's 12-shade cool pink-and-blue mood lighting, which creates an atmosphere that the Los Angeles Times compared to "an airborne discotheque."
Virgin America passengers also bask in a bevy of on-board amenities, including the innovative Red entertainment system, which allows guests to control what they eat, watch, and listen to via a touch-screen monitor and remote control. With a few taps on a screen and the entry of pi to 20 decimals, gain access to more than 24 complimentary satellite TV channels or sample a variety of on-demand movies, premium television (for an additional fee), video games, and a foot-tapping library boasting thousands of MP3s.
If rumbling bellies begin to drown out the sound of the engine, use Virgin America’s open-tab service to purchase a gourmet meal or snack (for additional fees ranging from $2 to $10), such as an artisanal-cheese-and-fruit tray or curry chicken salad sandwich, or a chilled spirit from the drink menu.