When you see an opportunity to earn extra bonus points or miles for doing almost nothing you should always take them up on the offer while it lasts. Even if you do not fly the airline often or if they are not in your city yet. You never know when Virgin America could be in your city. They are offering 500 free points just for joining their airline loyalty program.
Virgin America’s promotion is called “Flights With Benefits,” and through it you can earn 500 bonus points for joining their rewards program called Elevate. You can also earn 500 bonus points for referring your friends to Elevate up to a maximum of 2,500 bonus points or 5 people.
Virgin America Elevate points are worth around 2.2 cents each towards the cost of a revenue ticket on Virgin America, so 500 Elevate points are worth around $11. This is similar to the value of Southwest airline points which would be higher than American Airlines per redemption.
Once you get your free Elevate points from Virgin America keep in mind that they expire after 18 months of inactivity. One way to rack up additional points is through American Express Membership Rewards transfers with a current promotional transfer bonus of 50%. You can also earn with over 700 retailers in their Elevate Fly Store online earning up to 10 points per $1.