I know Grant has been keeping you well-informed about Virgin America’s services, but I figured I would share my fresh observations.
I flew Virgin America for the first time yesterday: from New York to San Francisco. What can I say. I was impressed. Brand new plane, pleasant staff, fairly comfy leather (or fake leather) seats…For a second, you almost forget how painful it is to travel by plane these days!
One of the things I have always loved about flying Virgin Atlantic (the international version of the airline) is their in-flight entertainment set up: private screens with lots of movies, music and games to choose from.
I was hoping Virgin America would do the same.
They do, but you have to pay for it. I don’t blame them. It’s a great idea to target a bunch of people bored to death. We’ll pay almost anything to make a few hours go by a little faster. Those in-flight magazines only go so far.
I was curious to find out how much everything costs once you board a Virgin America flight. Here is a short list:
Headphones are free
Listening to music and watching music videos is free
Movies go for $5-7 a piece (there are lots to choose from)
Most TV shows will set you back 99 cents an episode (again, lots to choose from)
There is no free food on board. That’s not entirely bad news. I actually like that concept.
You can choose from about 7 kinds of meals (sandwiches, wraps, salads) for approximately $8/piece
Snacks such are about $2/piece
Basic drinks are free – coffee, water, soda, etc.
You pay $5 for beer, wine, etc.
You order your food using the TV screen of Red, Virgin’s in-flight entertainment system. You can just make your order, swipe your credit card and a few moments later, a flight attendant shows up with your meal.
To summarize, my roundtrip ticket was about $500. (Yes, that’s what NYC-SFO flights go for these days) and I also spent an additional $15 in movies and food. I have to say, I like that some airlines are turning to the “pay as you go” model. I love being able to choose my own meal and entertainment and choose when I want to eat, watch movies or sleep. This has got to be the way to do it.