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Virgin Atlantic now a member of SkyTeam – use points on partners

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Virgin Atlantic now a member of SkyTeam – use points on partners

It’s been discussed for a long, long time, and the day is finally here. Virgin Atlantic is officially a part of SkyTeam. Let’s take a look at what that means, some of the benefits, and how you could Virgin Atlantic miles to book SkyTeam partners.

I’ve been fortunate enough to fly Virgin Atlantic many times in the past. There is no doubt it is a very sleek, sexy, and stylish way to fly. The biggest problem? The surcharges are just outrageous. With that being said, Virgin committed in 2022 to release 2 award seats per flight. So… you can often find award space and if you’re booking last minute flights, it’s still a good deal when comparing to cash rates ( most of the time ). It’ll be interesting to see if this award space is bookable by SkyTeam partners and how many surcharges are passed along.

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What airlines are a part of SkyTeam?

Here’s a full list of the current members – note that you could redeem Virgin Atlantic points on Air France/KLM and Delta for quite some time.

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What benefits do Virgin Atlantic Elites get when flying on SkyTeam partner airlines?

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What SkyTeam airlines can you use Virgin Miles to book

Currently the following airlines are bookable online at Virgin Atlantic with more to come later in 2023. But you should be able to use Virgin miles to book any of the SkyTeam airlines if you find award space, you’ll just need to call in.

  • Air France, China Airlines, Delta, KLM, Korean, Middle East Airlines and Xiamen Air.

Distance based award chart

It appears that most of the SkyTeam partner redemption charts are based off of distance instead of region. As an example…here is a look at China Airlines. The distance from Taipei to LAX for instance is roughly 6800…or 100k Virgin miles.

a table with numbers and a few rows of numbersUsing Delta to gain elite status with Virgin Atlantic

I fly Delta quite a bit, but not really enough to gain status especially with the spend requirements.  Additionally, I like in Atlanta and even if I had Delta it wouldn’t make a big differnece. I do, however, fly Virgin Atlantic back and forth to UK a few times year. Last year, Virgin Atlantic changed their tier qualifying an allowed reward flights to earn Tier Points as well.

This means I’d have a much better chance at gaining Virgin Atlantic status and gain SkyTeam Elite status, de facto benefits of Delta Silver ( Priority Boarding, Seating, and extra checked bag ), simply by booking reward flights on Virgin and crediting my Delta flights to VS. I’d also earn Virgin Atlantic miles which personally I think are more valuable than Delta SkyMiles.

Overall

I hope we don’t see a big devaluation of Virgin Atlantic in the near future. We’ve seen a lot of lucrative transfer bonuses, mileage sales, and large sign up bonuses on their cobranded credit card. The distance based chart isn’t exactly pretty, but it’s not the worst I’ve seen, and they didn’t gut the ANA redemption ( which is clutch ). I’ll likely pursue Virgin Atlantic status over Delta

 

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