Virgin on the ridiculous!


written by Neil Hook

According to getting into space may be easier than you think – particularly if you like taking foreign holidays! This is because frequent flyer miles will for the first time be good beyond this planet, based on a new offering from Virgin Atlantic airways and its space-related sister company Virgin Galactic. Flying Club members will be able to convert their regular miles into space miles. To get to space, members will need to log 2 million miles down here.

“A journey into space seems like a distant dream for many but this deal makes it more even more achievable for our frequent travelers to become astronauts,” said Sir Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Galactic. “We expect the first Virgin Galactic space flight to take place in 2008 which gives our Flying Club members time to save up all their miles.”

Virgin Galactic commercial flights are expected to cost $200,000 initially but the company expect prices to fall over time.

Virgin Galactic will own and operate privately built spaceships, modeled on the history-making SpaceShipOne craft, which won the Ansari X-prize for repeat trips to space by a privately built craft. American Express, in partnership with space tourism firm Space Adventures, previously made a similar offering for card users who register for the special program and then save 20 million points!

written by Neil Hook

One comment


    December 7, 2005

    2 million frequent flyer miles? So a businessman (flying on Upper Class) would need to fly 1 million miles, or less than that if they use hotels, car rentals, and financial services by Virgin partners. As it’s a long-haul airline, and most flights cover distances of 5000-10000 miles, we’re talking about 50-100 flights here. So someone flying to and fro once a week can collect enough miles in a year or two.

    I bet there are quite a few businessmen shuttling between London and the US (or China, India, South Africe, Nigeria, or whatever) that could collect enough miles by 2008 to qualify.

    And if I were them, this offer would definitely be an incentive to forget BA’s frequent flyer programme and focus on Virgin.

    I think it’s a fantastic idea.

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