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 round-trip air travel between Dallas-Fort Worth and San Francisco or Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles with Virgin America. Fares are subject to availability and prices depend on flight dates and advance-booking time. All fares are subject to restrictions, taxes, and fees.
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 20 complimentary TV shows, 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.
Zagat named Virgin America the top-rated midsize domestic airline for premium and economy seating in 2010. The Dallas Morning News and San Francisco Chronicle recently featured Virgin America. Eight-hundred-ninety Yelpers give the airline an average of 4 stars and more than 85,560 Facebookers are fans.
- I love flying Virgin. I'm always entertained, the staff is great, and the atmosphere always gets me excited to go wherever my destination is taking me. – Roenna N., Yelp, 2/28/11
- Yay for free WiFi and aesthetically pleasing features like the lounge-type lighting inside the planes. – Amy X., Yelp, 2/8/11