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Virgin Atlantic entered a joint venture with Delta, Air France, and KLM back in 2019. That caused speculation that the airline would become a member of SkyTeam, the second largest global airline alliance. It was announced in September 2022, that it would in fact join, but the date was not decided. Now we know that it will be March 2nd.
Virgin Atlantic will join the other 18 airlines that make up SkyTeam. These include the three mentioned above plus Aeromexico, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, and those in the image above.
With joining SkyTeam, Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club elite members will earn SkyTeam elite benefits. It has not been announced how these will correlate with the two status tiers that SkyTeam offers, but logically Silver will map to SkyTeam Elite while Gold will get SkyTeam Elite Plus benefits. As a refresher, here are what those benefits include:
- Priority reservation waitlist
- Priority airport standby
- Priority check-in
- Extra baggage allowance
- Priority boarding
- Preferred seats
- Mileage upgrades
SkyTeam Elite Plus
- All of the above
- SkyTeam Elite benefits
- Guaranteed reservations
- Priority security and immigration
- Lounge access on international flights
- Priority baggage handling
Anthony’s Take: I’ve never flown Virgin Atlantic, but have been eyeing some flights to London that are direct from Tampa. While I would have been able to credit the flights to Delta already based on their relationship (through the joint venture and Delta’s ownership stake of 49%, there have been some benefits), it’s always nice to see new additions to airline alliances.
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