Virgin America Cuts Fees, Selects Amadeus For Distribution


Virgin America announced changes to the airline's baggage fee structure, as well as its online change and cancellation fee. Effective immediately, the airline is lowering its fee for changes or cancellations made online from $75 to $50. The airline has also changed its baggage fee structure to a flat rate for all checked items.

Guests who book travel on or after May 5, 2009, will be charged $15 for each checked bag ($15 for a first checked bag and $15 for the second through the tenth checked bag). The airline previously charged $25 for a second checked bag and $50 for third and subsequent bags, and maintains a first bag weight limits in the industry of up to 70 pounds.

Virgin America also announced that, by June 2009, it will be the first U.S. airline to offer in-flight Internet on every flight.

Under the new fee rules, First Class guests will continue to receive up to two checked bags for free. Guests in the carrier's premium Main Cabin Select service or those who purchase Fully Refundable Main Cabin fares will continue to receive one checked bag for free.


Virgin America also signed a three-year agreement that will distribute full content to Amadeus users worldwide. Users can now access and book fares and inventory that Virgin America makes available to the public through its internal reservation system and its consumer website, as well as through third-party sites.

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