Offset Your Carbon In-Flight With Virgin America

Posted January 26, 2009 by Katie Blais

Carbon-offset-2Ah the basic worries of air travel … will I get stuck next to some overzealous talker with horrible breath for the next five hours? Will the in-flight entertainment be Air Bud 2? Is my luggage going to get lost … again? Will this plane ride from Tucson to Chicago up my carbon footprint? Well ,thanks to Virgin America, at least my green heart can rest easy. The low-cost carrier has teamed up with Carbonfund.org to be the first airline ever to allow passengers to offset their flights all from the comfort of a cozy window seat.

Virgin’s super-cool touch-screen entertainment system, Red, gets even cooler. Punch in your credit card info and it calculates the emissions your trip is producing, you know all that gas and smog you see out your window when you’re stuck sitting next to the engine. Your donation to Carbonfund.org helps to provide funding for such environmentally friendly projects like reforestation, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.

An average cross-country trip—let’s say BookingBuddy’s home base of Boston to L.A. —only costs about $10, which I think is about the same price as those tiny bottles of vodka you can buy onboard—an easy sacrifice to help save the planet!

Other airlines are also jumping on the green train, er plane. Don’t forget about JetBlue’s green plan when you’re weighing your eco-options.

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Reader Comments

Has anyone done this? I've donated to carbonfund.org directly on their site but never done it onboard. Any thoughts or reactions to doing it from your seat on Virgin America??

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 08:59 AM by Erin

Haven't donated to any 'carbon footprint' fund yet but with direct access to how much energy I'm using and being able to donate right away, I might be tempted. Also, if you haven't flown this airline yet, you've got to give it a go...the planes are brand new (at least they look brand new on the inside), the entertainment system is just fantastic (even beats out JetBlue) and the lighting inside the plane is so calming (vs the bright white of all the other airlines).

Posted on February 26, 2009 at 01:38 PM by Dave

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