‘Virgin Atlantic Plastic Galactic Giveaway’ Winner Is Announced

March 24, 2009

Cardmember and Sweepstakes winner will take a journey to the stars

SOUTH NORWALK, Conn., March 24 /PRNewswire/ — Virgin Atlantic Airways, one of the leading long-haul airlines, announced the winner of its Virgin Atlantic Plastic Galactic Giveaway which was launched in June 2008 when the airline unveiled the Virgin Atlantic American Express(R) Card from Bank of America.

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Cardmember Christopher Mohawk of Toluca Lake, CA, earned his journey to the stars on one of Virgin Galactic’s early space flights after being randomly selected from the names of Cardmembers who made at least $10,000 in purchases on the card from launch through Jan 31. Entries could also be submitted via the no purchase necessary mail in method.

An all access pass to the world and “beyond”, the Virgin Atlantic American Express Card from Bank of America offers rewards and benefits that are among the best in the industry. Cardmembers earn 3 miles for every $1 spent on Virgin Atlantic purchases and up to 1.5 miles for every $1 spent on everyday purchases, making it one of the most rewarding major international airline credit cards in the market today.

Chris Rossi, Senior Vice President of North America, Virgin Atlantic said, “This rewards-rich card is an extension of the Virgin Atlantic brand that enables us to engage our customers in a truly unique and rewarding way. We’re thrilled that our selected launch member is able to experience this amazing journey.”

There are two versions of the new Virgin Atlantic American Express Card from Bank of America – black and white. The Virgin Atlantic White Card, which has a lower annual fee, offers one mile for every dollar in purchases. The Virgin Atlantic Black Card enables Cardmembers to earn more miles by offering 1.5 miles per dollar spent in purchases and more opportunities to earn bonus miles.

Virgin Galactic Commercial Director Stephen Attenborough said: “We’re delighted to have partnered with our sister company, Virgin Atlantic, to bring the ultimate experience to one very lucky Virgin Atlantic Cardmember – Christopher Mohawk. His unique and life changing journey to the stars starts here as a Virgin Galactic VIP and as a pioneer of a new industry. Christopher will become part of the world’s most exclusive club of future astronauts, all of whom are closely involved in the project as it progresses towards the start of commercial operations and from there to a place in the history books as one of the first private individuals to experience the magic of space.”

About Virgin Atlantic Airways

Virgin Atlantic Airways, one of the world’s leading long-haul airlines, was founded in 1984 and is celebrating its 25th birthday throughout 2009 with a series of surprises and delights. Virgin Atlantic offers service from 10 U.S. cities to London and onto a range of long-haul destinations worldwide. From its main base in London Heathrow and Gatwick, Virgin Atlantic services destinations as far apart as Las Vegas, Tokyo, Delhi, Boston and Shanghai. Sir Richard Branson is the President of Virgin Atlantic; Steve Ridgway is the Chief Executive. Even with Virgin Atlantic’s continued growth, the service still remains customer driven with an emphasis on value for money, quality, fun and innovation, ensuring flying Virgin Atlantic is always an event.

About The Virgin Atlantic American Express(R) Card from Bank of America

The Virgin Atlantic American Express(R) Card from Bank of America is the first credit card offered in the United States by the Virgin Group. Launched in June 2008, the Card offers one of the industry’s most competitive miles and reward programs, as well as exclusive entertainment and discounts. Available in two versions, each offering its own unique benefits and mileage earning opportunities, the Virgin Atlantic Black Card and the Virgin Atlantic White Card are a reflection of Virgin’s ongoing commitment to customer satisfaction, innovation, value, and quality.

Competitive Benefits and Features of the Virgin Atlantic Black Card:

  • Earn 3 Flying Club miles for every dollar spent on purchases directly with Virgin Atlantic
  • Earn 1.5 miles for every dollar spent on everyday purchases
  • Earn up to 40,000 bonus miles in the first year
    • 20,000 bonus miles after first purchase
    • Up to 15,000 annual bonus miles when you make at least $25,000 in purchases
    • Up to 5,000 bonus miles for adding free additional cards
  • Earn one tier point for every $2,500 in purchases and additional tier points when flying Virgin Atlantic, good toward Flying Club status
  • Get 10% off published Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy fares through December 31, 2009
  • Exclusive travel and lifestyle offers from participating American Express merchants
  • Concierge service

For information about the rates, fees, other costs and benefits of these credit cards, visit virginatlantic.com/plastic

About Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic was established by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, to develop safe, clean and affordable access to space and to operate the world’s first commercial spaceline. Using new but proven technology, a new generation of private astronauts will experience the thrill of acceleration to speeds over 3 times the speed of sound, see our beautiful planet from the blackness of space and experience weightlessness at over 360,000ft.

About Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk-management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving more than 59 million consumer and small business relationships with more than 6,100 retail banking offices, nearly 18,700 ATMs and award-winning online banking with nearly 29 million active users. Following the acquisition of Merrill Lynch on January 1, 2009, Bank of America is among the world’s leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to more than 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients in more than 150 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

About American Express

American Express Company is a diversified worldwide travel, financial and network services company, founded in 1850. It is a world leader in charge and credit cards, Travelers Cheques, travel and business services. Since 1996, American Express has been aggressively pursuing a strategy of opening its merchant network and card product portfolio to third party issuers around the world. By leveraging its global infrastructure and the powerful appeal of the brand, American Express has gained even broader reach for its network worldwide. American Express has now established 128 card-issuing partnership arrangements in 127 markets.

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