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.
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.