Update: Flights between JFK-Los Angeles/San Francisco, Newark-San Jose/Los Angeles, and Philadelphia-Los Angeles from January through April are now pricing at 10K as well:
Originally posted on 10/31:
Alaska Airlines is charging just 10K miles each way to fly nonstop on Virgin America between Newark and Los Angeles.
For example a round-trip flight on Virgin America leaving Newark today and returning Thursday would cost $942 or 45K Virgin America points+$11.20:
However you can transfer 15,385 Virgin America miles into 20K Alaska miles, which would be enough to book those flights:
Officially Alaska only offers 10K awards on routes that are under 2,100 miles, such as Los Angeles-Chicago, but there are 10K awards between Newark and Los Angeles from now through April.
You can use the calendar search to easily find 10K dates:
I haven’t seen any 10K awards between JFK and Los Angeles, but it’s worth repeating that you should always check award pricing for coach and first class. I feel sorry for the person that books an award like this in standard coach instead of saver first!
You can transfer Virgin America points into Alaska miles at a 1:1.3 ratio, you can transfer 20K Starpoints into 25K Alaska miles, or you can buy Alaska miles.
For a limited time only, the Bank of America Alaska Airlines card offers 30K miles and a BOGO companion ticket for spending $1,000 in 3 months. You can view credit card offers by hovering over the “Credit Cards” tab. You can then view hotel cards “Hotel Credit Cards“ or you can choose to view “credit cards from all banks.“