BAD News: Virgin America ENDS Partnership With Virgin Atlantic. No More Partner Redemptions...


When you have bad news to share, you might as well get it all out in one sitting. Virgin Atlantic and Virgin America have long had a unique partnership, where members of either loyalty program could earn and redeem miles when flying on either airline, with the other airline. The partnership created exciting opportunities and benefits between two great airlines and sadly that's coming to a close with some serious consequences...

You Can No Longer Use Virgin America Points For Virgin Atlantic Flights + Vice Versa...

Perhaps the most immediate impact this diminished partnership will have is that from November 13th onwards you may no longer use Virgin America points for Virgin Atlantic flights, and vice versa for Virgin Atlantic points on Virgin America flights. You can't even book now for dates in the future past the 13th of November. This is seriously bad news, and means the disappearance of one very clever use of SPG or Virgin America points allowing you to book Virgin Upper Class for just 35,000 Virgin America miles or 30,000 SPG points round trip. Terrible. 

You Can No Longer Earn Miles From The Other And No Partner Benefits For Frequent Flyers Will Exist Either...

If you've enjoyed crediting your Virgin Atlantic flights to Virgin America's program, or your Virgin America flights to Virgin Atlantic, you're now out of luck. There will be no way to earn miles between the carriers, nor opportunities for status benefits. Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic elite frequent flyers, those silver and golds, will no longer have additional baggage, check in privileges or lounge privileges when flying on the other carrier. This is a tremendous blow to many who preferred using Virgin America over Delta for their US domestic flights. 

And Virgin Atlantic Just Messed Up Their Program This Week Already...

Really, this is a pretty terrible week for Virgin Atlantic flyers, minus those who travel on generally (corporate) flexible business class fares. Not only are most of the costs in miles for many of the best "free" flights (minus economy flights) going up, the ability to earn miles is getting harder, as is the ability to earn elite status points flying on any normal ticket. Couple that with a dwindling network of benefits (minus Delta, which some do not prefer), the loss of Virgin America as a way to redeem miles (some of which were great) and the ability to score Virgin Atlantic Upper Class for less miles and it's just not an easy pill to swallow...