Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » News

Virgin Airlines, Mission: Galactic Offers the Most Frequent Flier Winner a Trip to Space [SEE VIDEO]

Travelers Today       By    Lena Vazifdar

Updated: Aug 30, 2012 03:26 PM EDT

Text Size: A A A

British tycoon Richard Branson who owns Virgin Airlines also owns a space tourism company, Virgin Galactic. The company has been planning flights to space since 2004 and more than 520 individuals have put down deposits for the flights to space that will cost an estimated $200,000. Amongst the individuals include actor, Ashton Kutcher who is keen to visit space.

Virgin has yet to fly tourists to space but Branson has said that his spaceship will be ready for take off by December 2013, according to CNN. "The initial flights will be sub-orbital, which will give people a taste of space," he said to CNN. "From there we'll go into orbital flights and maybe one day hotels in space."

Virgin Airlines fliers are now allowed to collect frequent flier miles through August 7, 2013 to win a space trip flight with Virgin Airlines' Mission: Galactic program.

The grand prize is a trip to space while second place winners will receive a zero-gravity fight courtesy of ZERO-G.

Whoever flies the most amount of miles on Virgin America, Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic will win the grand prize on Virgin Galactic.

All passengers enrolled in Virgin's Elevate frequent flier profile are welcome to earn points for their travels and win the unprecedented trip to space.

In October Branson announced the LauncherOne which is a new air-launched rocket designed to deliver small satellites into orbit. The new orbital launch vehicle is expected to begin by 2016.

Branson said on Virgin Galactic's website, "I'm immensely proud of what we have already achieved as we draw near to regular suborbital flights on SpaceShipTwo. Now, LauncherOne is bringing the price of satellite launch into the realm of affordability for innovators everywhere, from start-ups and schools to established companies and national space agencies. It will be a critical new tool for the global research community, enabling us all to learn about our home planet more quickly and afford ably.

See Virgin's promotional video of Virgin Galactic made in 2006:

© 2016 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Travel Tips

Atta Abbasi

5 Most Efficient Travel Hacks Every Traveler Should Know

Are you doing your traveling preparation the right way?

It's a Small World at Tokyo Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland Release Etiquette Guide For Visitors: Uncivilized Behaviour Banned!

Shanghai Disneyland officials made sure that the park will be in good condition when it opens by releasing an etiquette guide, after observing what the locals did around the area.

Steamboat Natchez

New Orleans Offers 7 Great Activities For Families: Find Out Here

There is no shortage of activities in the wonderful city of New Orleans.

Caribbean

Island Hopping In The Caribbean: How To Get The Best Tours

Island trips to the Carribbean should not be too hard even for those who were just doing it for the first time. In other words, even if travellers are scared of going on unfamiliar trips for the first time, they can still go on these trips, thanks to helpful resources such as guides and maps.

Phewa lake in 1982

7 Cheapest World Destinations For An Affordable and Relaxing Vacation

Every traveler wants to spend less while going to different places. With that, Price of Travel ranks world cities every year based on how affordable they are as a reference for budget travelers. With that, we have here the 7 cheapest travel destination for 2016 that will give you extra money to get a side trip to other places you dream of visiting!

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Want more Travel?

Most Popular

Children TV

Time Travel And Other TV Trends To Expect This 2016

The three trends that are seen in TV this year which includes time travel, blast from the past and adaptations.

Airport

TSA Security Head Fired Over Long Lines In The Airport?

Kelly Hoggan, the agency's assistant administrator for security operations, has been removed from his position, according to an internal memo by TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger obtained by NBC News.

Swimming pool

US: 1 in 8 Swimming Pools Closed for Health Violations, According To Health Violations

One in eight swimming pools in most populated states were allegedly been shut down due to inspection of filthy and suspected existing harmful water around, as announced by health authorities in the United States on Thursday.

travelers today

© 2016 IQADNET LLC All rights reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics