In Fall 2022, it was announced that Virgin Atlantic would join SkyTeam on March 2, 2023. That date has arrived, and Virgin Atlantic has officially become SkyTeam’s newest member airline.
This marks the first new addition to the alliance since 2014. While Virgin Atlantic has previously partnered with other SkyTeam airlines, such as Delta and Air France/KLM, this announcement brings the UK-based airline fully integrated into the alliance.
Virgin Atlantic Becomes SkyTeam’s Newest Member
As of today, Virgin Atlantic has become SkyTeam’s sole UK-based carrier. This is a boon for the alliance, as it will increase the transatlantic options for passengers based out of Europe and North America.
Virgin Atlantic has flights from hubs in Manchester and London Heathrow to destinations in North America, Africa, the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent, and Asia. The majority of its destinations are in the United States, which makes joining SkyTeam a great opportunity for passengers looking to fly between Europe and North America.
Virgin Atlantic also has a decent footprint in the Caribbean.
Joining SkyTeam will benefit travellers from the United Kingdom and the United States, as there will be more options for flights between the two areas.
Furthermore, we’ll see an integration of reciprocal benefits for passengers with elite status in any of the member airlines.
Now that Virgin Atlantic has officially joined SkyTeam, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Silver members are recognized with SkyTeam Elite status, and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold members are recognized with SkyTeam Elite Plus status.
SkyTeam Elite status is similar to Star Alliance status, although the benefits aren’t quite as good.
All SkyTeam Elite status holders enjoy priority services when flying with a SkyTeam-member airline, such as check-in, boarding, and seating, as well as an increased baggage allowance. SkyTeam Elite Plus status holders further enjoy priority baggage, guaranteed reservations on sold-out flights, and lounge access when flying in any class of service.
As is usually the case with airline alliances, passengers are able to earn points on any SkyTeam member flight. For example, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club members can now earn Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points on flights with Delta, Air France, KLM, Korean Air, etc.
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