Alaska Airlines and Virgin America move closer to finalizing merger

The process of merging two beloved airlines known for innovation and customer service just moved one step closer to completion. Today, the Department of Justice cleared Alaska Air Group’s acquisition of Virgin America, an important hurdle on the way to closing the deal.

While a specific close date for the acquisition of Virgin America has not been set, Alaska Airlines plans to close the deal in the very near future. Until then, it’s business as usual this month for fliers traveling on Alaska Airlines and Virgin America. You should interact with either airline as you normally would.

After the merger closes, and Alaska and Virgin America officially join forces, we’ll share more information on why this deal is good news for West Coast travelers.

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  1. I think that this is a winning combination! America’s two best airlines coming together. I just wish that Alaska hadnt paid so much for Virgin.

  2. I know it’s far from settled, but I’m very curious on how the merger will affect the Alaska Mileage Plan. I have been a long time member and enjoyed it (once you guys moved off the archaic upgrade voucher program, I may still have enough of those vouchers to wallpaper a bathroom). I understand Virgin America’s program was quite different from Alaska’s.

  3. Great news! I look forward to even more locations to fly to via Alaska and Virgin and continued great service!

  4. As an Alaska Retiree, I’m excited to watch this merger unfold.

  5. Congrats on overcoming the final hurdle! I look forward to see the combined future!

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