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Virgin America ceases to exist on April 24th, 2018.
That’s a sad day for a lot of people, but let’s be optimists. Just because Virgin America ceases to exist doesn’t mean their planes cease to exist, in fact, for Alaska Elites it creates a great opportunity to get upgraded into one of the best domestic first class seats out there ( aside from lie flat transcons). How you say? Lemme show you a couple SUPER easy ways to distinguish between planes that will fly the old Virgin product vs. the Alaska product.
April 25th will be the first day that complimentary upgrades will be given in these seats. EVER. As an MVPG75 I’m pretty stoked for these planes to fly as Alaska planes.
Let’s take a look at flights to D.C. on April 24th…the last day you’ll see a Virgin America flight.
The very next day every flight has an Alaska badge. However, 1108 and 114 are operated by with the Old Virgin America planes.
We can use the seat configurations to decipher between planes that were once Virgin America and those that have always been Alaska.
Courtesy of Seatguru, here are the planes that both airlines currently offer:
There are two big ways you can tell the difference…Plane manufacturer and seat map.
Virgin Flies an Airbus with 8 first class seats
When you see a seat map for an Airbus plane…you will get the current Virgin America plane. Alaska has plans of changing these around, but for the foreseeable future…you can count on getting those seats.
Alaska planes will be Boeing with 8+ seats ( currently 12-16)