We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Virgin America that will let Rocketrip users earn even more rewards from their travels! Virgin America is one of the most popular airline choices for our travelers, who will now be able to redeem their Rocketrip points for Virgin Elevate points and elite status at a preferred rate. They’ll also earn bonus Elevate points when they book with Virgin America, regardless of whether it’s for business or personal travel. These new perks and redemption options will make it even easier for our users to spend less on business travel, and more on vacations for themselves!
Bonus Elevate Points for Rocketrip Travelers
Through our partnership with Virgin America, we’re able to offer Rocketrip travelers two exclusive perks:
- An exclusive sign-up bonus for Rocketrip travelers who join Elevate, Virgin America’s frequent flyer program.
- All Rocketrip users can also earn bonus Elevate points on their flights with Virgin America.
Together these bonus points alone are enough to be redeemed for a free flight from Virgin America. Not bad!
Redeem Rocketrip Points for Elevate Points and Status
Rocketrip has also added two new offers from Virgin America to our rewards page.
It’s now possible to convert Rocketrip points into Virgin Elevate points at a preferred rate.
Our users can also redeem Rocketrip points for Silver or Gold status through Elevate. With elite status, these travelers won’t just enjoy preferred boarding, free checked bags, complimentary lounge access, and cabin upgrades: they’ll also earn Elevate points at an accelerated rate, allowing them to get even more rewards from their travels. (Limited availability.)
A New Approach to Travel Rewards
There’s no doubt frequent flyer miles influence what airlines business travelers choose. However, not all rewards programs are equal, and Rocketrippers have a strong incentive to consider cost along with brand loyalty: that’s what happens when you get to keep of half of whatever you save on your business trips. By partnering with Virgin America, Rocketrip wants to give our users a way to earn free flights on a preferred airline at the same time they get rewarded for spending less.
Rocketrip CEO Dan Ruch put it this way:
"Virgin America is a natural partner for Rocketrip. They’re one of the most popular airlines for business travelers using our platform, and they’ve demonstrated a truly forward-thinking approach with their Elevate program. Travelers have more choices than ever when planning their trips, and so this partnership is about reimagining customer loyalty as matter of delivering the best overall value and experience."
You can read the full announcement below. And if you're a Rocketrip traveler, be sure to visit our new perks page to check out some of the other special offers we've been busy adding. From discounts with Uber, HotelTonight, and LoungeBuddy, to free workspace through Breather, there's a lot to like!
Virgin America and Rocketrip Announce Partnership to Serve Business Travelers
Travelers can now redeem Rocketrip points for Elevate points, Silver Status and Gold Status
SAN FRANCISCO and NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin America and Rocketrip, a platform that rewards employees for saving money on business travel, today announced a new partnership to serve their shared customers. Business travelers can now convert their Rocketrip rewards into frequent flyer points with Elevate, Virgin America's loyalty program. Rocketrip users can also earn extra points for enrolling in Elevate and for flying Virgin America on business trips.
Rocketrip motivates business travelers to save money on trips by rewarding them with points that can be redeemed for gift cards, cash cards and now Virgin America perks. For every trip planned, Rocketrip generates a personalized "Budget to Beat" based on real-time prices for flights, hotels, trains and rental cars. When employees book under budget, they split the savings with their company and earn Rocketrip points.
Business travelers can now convert Rocketrip points into Elevate points. If they redeem 5,000 Rocketrip points they will be granted Elevate Silver Status and if they redeem 10,000 points they will earn Elevate Gold Status. Elevate Silver and Elevate Gold Status perks include seat selection at booking, complimentary upgrades, free checked bags, priority check-in, security and boarding, and much more.
Rocketrip travelers who sign up for Elevate will receive a complimentary 500 Elevate points. When Rocketrip travelers fly Virgin America, they will also earn 500 extra Elevate points per booking, up to 2,000 per year. The combined 2,500 points are enough to book a reward flight with Virgin America. Travelers earn an average of 1,190 Rocketrip points per trip on top of these bonus Elevate points. Rocketrip and Virgin will announce additional campaigns and perks throughout 2015.
"Virgin America was created with the intention of making flying good again and to improve the overall traveler experience in the U.S skies. We are delighted to be partnering with Rocketrip to offer more utility to business travelers and to be associated with a brand that is approaching loyalty in an innovative way," said Sylvie Charbonnier, Head of Partnerships for Virgin America.
"Our mission is to make travel rewarding for our users, and the data shows that they love flying on Virgin America," said Emily Hurd, Rocketrip's VP of Business Development and Marketing. "We're excited to work with Virgin America to put more money and frequent flyer points back into the pockets of road warriors and treat them to enhanced travel experiences."
Rocketrip is the first commercially available travel management platform that rewards employees for saving money on business travel. Rocketrip's algorithms integrate a company's travel policy with real-time trip pricing and availability to create a personalized Budget to Beat for each trip. Employees book using their favorite travel websites or a travel management company, and they receive a percentage of the savings when they book under budget. Rocketrip also provides employers with insights and analytics on company spending, savings and employee travel behavior, giving them the ability to optimize their travel policy and rewards program.
Rocketrip is based in New York City and has received funding from Canaan Partners, Genacast Ventures, Crunchfund, Y Combinator and angel investors.
About Virgin America
Known for its mood-lit cabins, three beautifully designed classes of service and innovative fleetwide amenities --- like touch-screen personal entertainment, WiFi and power outlets at every seat, Virgin America has built a loyal following of flyers and earned a host of awards since launching in 2007 — including being named the "Best U.S. Airline" in Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards for the past seven consecutive years and "Best Domestic Airline" in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards for the past eight consecutive years. For more: www.virginamerica.com.