Virgin Atlantic Airways has become the first airline to launch an e-ticketing agreement with high-speed-rail company Eurostar, allowing passengers to book Eurostar tickets for onward high-speed-train journeys between London and Lille, Paris, Brussels and other Belgian cities.
The airline’s passengers can simply make a booking on Eurostar at the same time as they book their air ticket via the Virgin Atlantic contact center, which has access to live availability on each high speed train, or through their local travel agent.
Virgin Atlantic says Eurostar is the only rail operator in the world to be registered on airline global distribution systems in its own right. According to Virgin Atlantic, Eurostar has pioneered the interline electonic ticketing solution following its move to paperless ticketing to enable travel agents and passengers to book Virgin Atlantic and Eurostar tickets in one transaction.
Virgin Atlantic also notes that:
● Eurostar tickets to Brussels are also valid for journeys to any Belgian station, including Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent;
● Bookings made in the UK can be made up to 120 days in advance of travel, while bookings made from Virgin Atlantic’s international destinations can be made up to 270 days in advance of travel;
● Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club members can also redeem on Eurostar services any miles they’ve earned on Virgin Atlantic flights or via the Virgin Atlantic credit card;
● Virgin Atlantic was the world’s first airline to test clean fuels in flight and introduce an onboard carbon-offsetting program; and
● Eurostar is the only high-speed international rail operator which provides carbon neutral journeys at no extra cost to travelers.