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

Branson Will Go With Family on Virgin Space Flight
Virgin is offering their most frequent flier a free trip to space.(Photo :

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."

Share This Story

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:

© 2015 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Travel Tips

Survive Long Flights

Tips for Surviving a Long Flight

Not all whole deal flights must be hopeless. Here are 10 tips for counteracting tiredness, dehydration, deep vein thrombosis and lack of sleep so you can certainly say "I got this" whenever you are detained in a metal tube for a whole waking day of your life.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centers

Trips to Take Before Your Kid Turns 10

Kids are the unspoiled explorers, although they may not seem so at first look. They’re more susceptible to destructions and jet lag, but they see the world with pure wonder, an ability which many of us have let gap over time. So take them to these wonderful places before they reach the age of 10.


Travel Tips from Experienced Travellers

Learn the best travel tips from people who have spent most of their lives exploring the beauty of the world.

Holiday Travel

Tips for a Better Holiday Trip

It's that season of the year again. While many of us can't seem to see past Halloween, we should be aware of the holiday season and its expanding travel costs. Look at these simple guidelines to save your money on your travel this season.

Tips for Travel Solo

Tips for Travelling Solo

Greater number of individuals are currently single than at whatever other time in history. However, that's not the only reason why individuals are going on a trip all alone.

Subscribe to our newsletter

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

Want more Travel?

Most Popular

Find Us on Facebook

travelers today

© Copyright 2015 Travelers Today All Rights Reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter