Virgin America have partnerships with several hotel chains covering the majority of the globe. The partnerships include large hotel chains such as Hilton and Starwood, but also smaller, more unique properties including the Virgin Limited Edition portfolio. You don’t even need to use just chain hotels, as you can still earn Elevate points through price comparison sites such as Kaligo and Rocketmiles. These comparison sites open the door (excuse the pun) to other hotels that Virgin America do not have direct partnerships with. It also means that earning Elevate points at hotels in smaller towns and cities is still possible, even if there are no chain hotels in the area.
If hotels are not your style and you are one of the many Airbnb users, then you can still earn Elevate points. The latest Airbnb promotion earns 1500 Elevate points + the equivalent of $20 future account credit + Elevate points on every pound spent.
Price Comparison Sites
Earn 1000 points when making your first hotel booking through Kaligo.
Earn 500 points when making your first hotel booking through PointsHound.
Until 31st December 2016 it is possible to earn 1000 points when making your first booking.
Earn between 500 and 6000 points per night, plus 3000 bonus points when making your first hotel booking through Rocketmiles.
Hotel Chains & Accommodation
Listed in alphabetical order.
1500 bonus Elevate points + earn 1 Elevate points per eligible $1 spent + $20 Airbnb credit for first time bookings at Airbnb.
Airbnb also offer the opportunity to earn 20,000 Elevate points if you become a host, though this is currently only open to US residents.
Joie De Vivre
Earn 1 Elevate point per eligible $1 spent at Joie De Vivre Hotels.
Earn up to 400 Elevate points per eligible stay at Mandarin Oriental Hotels.
Earn up to 1 Elevate points per eligible $1 spent at Marriott Hotels.
Morgans Hotel Group
Earn up to 1000 Elevate points per eligible stay at Morgans Hotel Group.
For points to be credited you need to give you Elevate account number when checking in to the hotel.
Earn 2 Elevate points per eligible $1 spent at One&Only Palmilla Hotels.
Earn 1 Elevate points per eligible $2 spent at Hilton Hotels.
Make sure to set your earning style as ‘points and miles’ and set your preferred travel partner as Virgin America within your Hilton HHonors account.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Earn 2 Elevate points (Elite SPG members earn 3 Elevate points) per eligible $1 spent at Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
Earn 2 Elevate points per eligible $1 spent at Thompson Hotels.
To earn Virgin Elevate points automatically, instead of SPG Starpoints, you need to join the SPG Airline Direct Deposit (ADD) program.
Earn 500 Elevate points per eligible stay at Viceroy Hotels.
Earn 1000 Elevate points per eligible stay at Virgin Hotels.
Virgin Elevate Silver and Gold members also receive additional perks including complimentary upgrade and breakfast.
Virgin Limited Edition
Earn up to 2800 Elevate points per eligible night at Virgin Limited Edition Hotels.
Dining out at restaurants can also gain Virgin Elevate points. You can even eat at hotel restaurants, such as Hilton, and still earn Elevate points even if you are not staying at the hotel. The points should be credited to the relevant hotel loyalty scheme, and then transferred to Virgin Elevate points.
Earn 6 Elevate points per eligible £1 spent at Babylon Restaurant.