Mar172010

Morgans Hotel Group Stays Earn 1,000 Virgin America Elevate Points

Virgin America has partnered with the boutique concept hotels of Morgans Hotel Group.  Earn 1,000 Elevate points per stay through the end of the year. Reservations must be booked through MorgansHotelGroup.com or by phone at 1-800.606.6090. Provide your Virgin America Elevate account number at check in or by calling in advance to the 800.606.6090 number to add your frequent flier number to your hotel reservation. Virgin America Promotion Link

There are not a lot of Morgans Hotels, but hotels like the Clift in San Francisco are popular for their city.  

Participating hotels are:  Ames in Boston, Sanderson in London, St Martins Lane in London, Mondrian in Los Angeles, Morgans in New York City, Royalton in New York City, Hudson in New York City, Clift in San Francisco, Delano in South Beach, Mondrian in South Beach, Shore Club in South Beach. 

The fine print for the promotion reveals a member can earn Elevate points for up to three rooms per stay as long as the Elevate member is a guest and pays for all three rooms. 3,000 points per stay is not a bad haul.

What is the value of 1,000 Elevate points?

I actually have not flown Virgin America yet. I had to look up the value of 1,000 points. My sample itinerary for San Francisco to New York JFK showed a roundtrip award ticket cost as low as 10,606 points + $5.00 in fees for April 13-20, 2010.

The truly surprising revelation was the published Virgin America fare came out to a total of $249.40 for this ticket. That is a relatively cheap cross country air fare for San Francisco – New York.

The value of 1,000 Elevate points in this example = $23.51. 

I don’t know if there are better award value ratios for Virgin America awards, but that ratio does not motivate me to jump on this offer. The points required for an award are tied to the published fare so it looks like there are limited leverage opportunities for Elevate points.

Loyalty Traveler Key Value: 2 Keys out of 5 Keys (Okay for a stay, but don’t go out of your way.)

This is an opportunity to earn some Elevate points if you have a hotel stay planned for one of the Morgans Hotel Group properties this year, however, it does not look like 1,000 Elevate points have all that much potential value as a hotel rate rebate.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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