Virgin Atlantic Will Join SkyTeam Alliance in Early 2023
Virgin Atlantic is set to become the newest member of global airline alliance SkyTeam in early 2023. Virgin Atlantic will be SkyTeam’s latest European member, and the the first and only in the UK.
The move means customers will benefit from a consistent and seamless experience across more than a thousand global destination. And there’ll be more opportunities to earn and redeem points across member airlines, and access to a network of 760 airport lounges across six continents.
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club members will enjoy significant benefits from day one, with a global expanse of the loyalty offering. Virgin Atlantic Silver Card holders will be recognized as SkyTeam Elite Members, and Gold Card members will become Elite Plus. This comes with valuable benefits, including priority check in, baggage handling and boarding. Virgin Red members can also use Virgin Points for more award travel, just by connecting their Virgin Red and Flying Club accounts.
Virgin Atlantic is already the founding member of a Joint Venture partnership with SkyTeam members Delta Air Lines and Air France-KLM. The four partners are co-located at London Heathrow’s Terminal 3, alongside existing SkyTeam members Aeromexico and China Eastern, providing customers with smooth airside transits and the most convenient connections times possible.
Virgin Atlantic also has codeshare agreements in place with Aeromexico and Middle East Airlines. And there’s possibility that more codeshares could happen with other SkyTeam members. Agreements are already in place with all SkyTeam members to make traveling easier and more enjoyable for customers, with one touch point and a seamless journey on one ticket.
Virgin Atlantic flies to 12 destinations throughout the USA in partnership with Delta and Air France-KLM including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and San Francisco. In May the airline launched a brand-new service to Austin, Texas and will start daily flights to Tampa, Florida from November. Virgin Atlantic also operates an extensive Caribbean portfolio including Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, and The Bahamas. Virgin Atlantic also operates services to Greater China, India, Israel, Nigeria, Pakistan, and South Africa.