Virgin America just nonchalantly tweeted a notice of its impending end

You wouldn’t think anything of it, if you didn’t click through and read the statement.

Virgin America tweeted this today:

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Virgin America Loft at LAX is closing soon. Here are some photos inside

Virgin America’s lounge at LAX will be closing soon, according to a visitor who posted about it on Reddit.

The Virgin America Loft, as it’s called, is Virgin America’s only airport lounge, but it appears to be an endangered species about to go extinct.

It’s said to be closing in May, so I was grateful to get a chance to check it out recently.

Pros:

  • Delicious local LA beer from Golden Road Brewery, free on tap.
  • Not very crowded at all when I was there.
  • Plenty of seating with great views of planes taking off and landing.
  • In true Virgin America fashion, the lounge has blue lights and a cool, quirky design.

Cons:

  • Not much complimentary food to choose from, though the cookies were good.
  • Shirts and shoes required.

The lounge is part of the Priority Pass network of lounges, so entrance is free if you have that membership, which comes free with the Citi Prestige, Chase Sapphire Reserve and American Express Platinum credit cards.

Here are some iPhone photos:

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Comparing miles: Crediting a Virgin America flight to Alaska vs. Virgin America

Before a recent Virgin America flight from San Francisco to Seattle, I decided to credit the miles earned on the flight to my Alaska Airlines loyalty account instead of my Virgin America account.

Because I’d already booked the ticket with my Virgin loyalty number, I had to call up Virgin America to make the change (they don’t allow you to edit that online, though I could have entered my Alaska number initially when booking).

Why credit the flight to Alaska?

With Alaska, you earn miles based on how far you fly.

Even on Virgin America flights, if you credit the flight to your Alaska account you’ll earn the amount of miles that you fly.

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With Virgin, you earn miles based on how much money you spend, as it is with most airlines now.

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