Virgin Atlantic Airways and V Australia have begun a frequent-flyer loyalty program cooperation, allowing travelers of either airline to earn miles when flying on...

Virgin Atlantic Airways and V Australia have begun a frequent-flyer loyalty program cooperation, allowing travelers of either airline to earn miles when flying on the networks of the other.

The reciprocal frequent-flyer agreement enables Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club members and V Australia’s Velocity members to earn Velocity Points or Flying Club Miles on both V Australia and Virgin Atlantic flights.


“It is great news that our passengers will now be able to earn miles when traveling with our sister airline and a fantastic added bonus for those travelers that have booked ‘Virgin Round the World’ fares,” says Steve Ridgway, Virgin Atlantic’s chief executive.

V Australia and Virgin Atlantic Airways are linking their frequent flyer programs, which is particularly good news for anyone flying on their joint 'Virgin Round the World' fares

V Australia and Virgin Atlantic Airways are linking their frequent flyer programs, which is particularly good news for anyone flying on their joint 'Virgin Round the World' fares

There are two ‘Virgin Round The World’ fares available: ‘Virgin Global East’ and ‘Virgin Global West’. The ‘Virgin Global East’ option takes passengers from Los Angeles to London Heathrow, continuing to Hong Kong and Sydney with Virgin Atlantic, and then from Sydney to Los Angeles with V Australia. The ‘Virgin Global West’ option takes passengers from Los Angeles to Sydney with V Australia, then on to Hong Kong, London, and back to Los Angeles with Virgin Atlantic.

The two airlines says they are now working on plans to introduce reciprocal mileage redemption. The new agreement between Virgin Atlantic and V Australia is in addition to the existing frequent flyer partnership between Virgin Atlantic and V Australia’s parent Virgin Blue, which was launched in 2008.

  • Cathrina P Griesel

    August 11, 2010 #1 Author

    I have registered in the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club as no. [Redacted to preserve privacy – Editor] and my husband Phulippus A. Griesel is registered as no. [Redacted to preserve privacy – Editor]. We fly in September and want to earn miles on flights VA 16, VA 881, VA 818 and VA 15 – what must we do ??

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    • Chris Kjelgaard

      August 11, 2010 #2 Author

      If I were you I would contact the airline directly and check with a customer service agent before you fly. But, seeing as how the Virgin Atlantic and V Australia reciprocal points-earning agreement is already in effect, in theory you should just be able to turn up at the airport, quote your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club membership numbers to the check-in agent and the two of you should be issued with boarding passes that show your Flying Club numbers as proof that you will receive points for those flights on V Australia.

      If checking-in online in advance for these flights is possible, you can also key in your membership numbers when checking in online and your accounts will automatically be credited once you board the flights. Often, points take a few weeks to show up in your account, particularly when you fly on one airline but are earning mileage points on another.

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