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Virgin America partners with Rocketrip to save business travellers money

Virgin America has announced a partnership with Rocketrip, a platform that rewards employees for saving money on business travel, to serve their shared customers.Rocketrip motivates business travellers to save money on trips by rewarding them with points that can be redeemed as gift cards, cash cards and now Virgin America perks. For every trip planned, Rocketrip generates a personalised ‘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 travellers can now convert their Rocketrip rewards into frequent flyer points with Virgin America's loyalty programme, Elevate. Rocketrip users can also earn extra points for enrolling in Elevate and for flying Virgin America on business trips. As part of the new partnership, if business travellers 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.Rocketrip travellers who sign up for Elevate will receive a complimentary 500 Elevate points. Then, when Rocketrip members fly Virgin America, they can 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. Travellers 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 traveller experience in the US skies,” commented Sylvie Charbonnier, Virgin America’s head of partnerships. “We are delighted to be partnering with Rocketrip to offer more utility to business travellers and to be associated with a brand that is approaching loyalty in an innovative way.”“Our mission is to make travel rewarding for our users, and the data shows that they love flying on Virgin America," added 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.”

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