SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin America and the American Heart Association (AHA) today announce they are once again joining forces for Heart Health Month. February has been dedicated 'American Heart Month' to help raise awareness of heart disease and stroke and to provide tips to stay "heart healthy" for your loved ones. To spotlight and support the AHA's work in the area of heart health, the airline has launched a "Bring Your Sweetheart" fare sale with fares from $49* one way (taxes and fees included and restrictions applying) - with $10 from each ticket sold donated to the AHA.** Tickets are on sale now at www.virginamerica.com and at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN*** and must be purchased by 11:59pm CT on February 10. Flyers onboard Virgin America can also donate to the cause right from the airline's touch screen Red® entertainment system's "Make a Difference" donation platform, available at every seatback.
"Virgin America is a proud supporter of the American Heart Association and we are honored to team up again for Heart Health Month to help raise funds for education and research that is so important to preventing heart disease," said Frances Fiorillo, Senior Vice President of People and In–Flight at Virgin America.
In addition to donating $10** for every ticket booked today, many Virgin America in-flight teammates will show their support and help raise awareness by wearing their red dresses and Red Dress pins throughout the month. The Red Dress has long been a symbol for raising awareness about heart disease among women. The signature Virgin America red dress and red shoes were launched in 2012 as a way for In-flight teammates to show their support for the American Heart Association, and the optional uniform option quickly became one of the most popular uniform pieces for teammates. The following year, the red dress was officially made a permanent teammate uniform option. Virgin America teammates have also participated in the AHA Heart Walk every year since 2009.
"We are so appreciative of Virgin America for its continued support of our life-saving mission," said Al Royse, Chairman of the American Heart Association. "By engaging employees and customers, Virgin America is helping us build healthier lives free of heart disease and stroke. We deeply value our collaborative work."
The Red® in-flight entertainment platform offers guests their own seatback touch-screen TV, with more than 20 films, live television, interactive Google Maps, videogames, a 3,000 song library and an on-demand menu, which allows flyers to order a cocktail or snack from their seatback any time during a flight. Virgin America has been named the "Best Domestic Airline" in both Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards and in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards for the past eight consecutive years.
Since its 2007 launch, Virgin America has created more than 2,800 new jobs and expanded its network to include Austin, Boston, Cancun, Chicago, Dallas Love Field, Denver (starting March 15, 2016), Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Los Cabos, Newark, New York (JFK and LGA), Orlando, Palm Springs, Portland, Puerto Vallarta, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C. (IAD and DCA), Honolulu and Kahului, Maui.
About Virgin America: Known for its mood-lit cabins, three beautifully designed classes of service and innovative fleetwide amenities — like touch-screen personal entertainment, 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 both the "Best U.S. Airline" in Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards and "Best Domestic Airline" in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards for the past eight consecutive years. For more: www.virginamerica.com
About the American Heart Association: The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from cardiovascular disease and stroke – America's leading killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit heart.org.
*Bring Your Sweetheart Fare Sale Terms and Conditions: Main Cabin tickets must be purchased by 11:59 CT on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Fares are one-way and require a 21-day advance purchase for BOS/EWR/JFK/IAD/DCA/FLL/DAL/ORD where travel must occur between March 1, 2016 and April 9, 2016. All other markets require a 14-day advance purchase and travel must occur between February 23, 2016 and April, 9, 2016. Lowest sale fares are available only on certain itineraries. Lowest sale fares are only valid for travel on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. Flights may not operate daily. Blackout dates include: 3/18/16- 3/19/16, 3/25/16 – 3/26/16, and 3/28/16. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. For travel solely between points in the Continental Western Region (LAS/LAX/PDX/PSP/PVR/SAN/SEA/SFO/SJD only), DEN-SFO and DAL-LAS, changes or cancellations can be made for a $100 fee per guest through all channels, plus any increase in fare, if applicable. For all other itineraries, changes or cancellations can be made for a $150 fee per guest through all channels, plus any increase in fare, if applicable. Any remaining balance will be placed in a guest's travel bank, good for travel on Virgin America for one year from date of issue. Changes or cancellations of a booking made with Elevate Points will be subject to a $100 redeposit fee per guest. Guests who no-show without a change or cancellation prior to the scheduled departure time will forfeit the amount of this fare. In addition, any future flights booked in the same reservation will also be canceled and the fare will be forfeited. Tickets purchased from Virgin America through our reservation call center will cost an additional $20 per guest per itinerary. Any added cost associated with purchasing tickets from Virgin America through our reservation call center will be non-refundable. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket. Fares, routes, fees and schedules are subject to change without notice. Virgin America will accept up to ten pieces of checked baggage, up to 50 pounds each, per ticketed guest traveling within the U.S. The fee for each piece of checked baggage up to 50 pounds is $25. Additional fees apply to baggage exceeding these weight limitations, and other baggage restrictions may apply.
**American Heart Association Donation: Virgin America will donate $10 for each ticket sold during the "Bring Your Sweetheart" fare sale to the American Heart Association, with a maximum donation of $25,000.
***Any guest calling within the United States has access to a complimentary telecommunication relay service by dialing 711. For more information, go to: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/telecomm.asp
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