Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Virgin Australia welcomes approval of alliance with Singapore Airlines

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Today has seen our proposed alliance with Singapore Airlines been granted final ACCC approval.

This represents the final regulatory approval needed for the airlines to proceed with a wide-ranging alliance. This includes providing guests with an expanded network of destinations, seamless connections, a more convenient flight schedule and more opportunities to earn frequent flyer points and access lounges.

Virgin Australia group of airlines CEO John Borghetti said:

“This is excellent news for Australian travellers as it provides our guests with access to around 70 additional destinations across Asia, India and Africa, with one of the best airlines in the world. “The alliance will also be positive for tourism in Australia, as it will enable us to provide Singapore Airlines’ customers with seamless travel through to over 30 destinations around Australia and we will jointly promote these destinations”, Mr Borghetti said.

By the end of the year Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines will launch reciprocal frequent flyer benefits. Velocity Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Points and Status Credits on Singapore Airlines operated flights. We expect to launch the reciprocal codeshare early next year.

Virgin Australia will now be able to offer global flight coverage through alliances with Etihad Airways, Air New Zealand, Delta Air Lines and Singapore Airlines, increasing its international reach from around 60 destinations to over 400 destinations worldwide.

Does this finalised news or the Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines alliance excite you as a frequent flyer? Will you be taking advantage of the combined benefits?

29 Responses

  1. Andy December 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Can’t wait until you add Singapore Airlines flights to your website so I can book my O/S trip and get Velocity points :-)

  2. Aaron December 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Excellent news – I definitely prefer to transit through SIN to get to Europe, and also if I ever need to travel to Asia. :)

  3. Mark December 3, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Travel agents and travellers here in Darwin are frustrated that the one flight of importance to connect Darwin to the rest of the world – JQ57, is always near full! Now that Virgin and SQ/MI have an alliance, it would be great to see a flight from DRW to SIN to connect with Singapore Airlines flights elsewhere and the thrice weekly Etihad service to Abu Dhabi to other European desitinations.

  4. Mirella December 3, 2011 at 10:11 am

    WOW…
    I will be traveling with Singapore Airlines on Dec 10. Will I be able to earn points already?

  5. Dean December 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Hi Mirella, not until all paperwork and processes are completed.

  6. Dean December 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Hi Mark, we’ll take that on board!

  7. Dean December 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    We will let you know when our partnership is fully operational Andy!

  8. Brendan December 6, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Will the FF benefits be entirely reciprocal in nature? That is, if I fly Virgin domestically, will I be able to earn KrisFlyer points?

  9. Claire December 6, 2011 at 8:42 am

    does this mean that Virgin will also be joining the Star Alliance Network?

  10. Dean December 6, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Hi Brendan, the partnership will be fully reciprocal. So you will indeed be able to earn KrisFlyer points.

  11. Dean December 6, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Hi Claire, we have created our own international network via our alliances with Singapore, Delta, Etihad and Air NZ, as well as our other codeshare partners Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America, Hawaiian, Skywest and Malaysian.

  12. Andy December 6, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Does this mean that we will be able to earn KrisFlyer points on DJ flights?

  13. Fred December 6, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Great news. Will there only be reciprocal points on routes other partners don’t use? Eg will I get Virgin points flying SQ to London event though Etihad fly the route?

  14. Sharon December 6, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I hate Jetstar with a passion and frustrated with Qantas cutting back flight paths. American Express are no longer issuing FF to Qantas. You know who is going to be our preferred flyer? Especially with your codeshare partners Singapore and Hawaiian. Thank God we took advantage of the Qantas Status match. Well done.

  15. Matt December 6, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Does this mean I will be able to redeem my existing Krisflyer miles on Virgin Flights?

  16. Kane December 6, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Will Virgin Australia fly their own 777 aircraft between Australia and Asia now?

  17. Cynthia December 6, 2011 at 11:03 am

    will you be code-sharing to Syd-Beijing with SQ?

  18. Anthony December 6, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Cant wait to book my OS trip flying singapore using my velocity points

  19. Richard December 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

    If you joined Star Alliance it would be a worthwhile venture. Without the Star Alliance partnership it is not really useful from my perspective. Sorry

  20. Rob & Deb December 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Yes definetly!!! We always fly Singapore Airlines when travelling overseas, next year we are going again but perhaps we will try Virgin to come home

  21. Jacqui December 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    My husband and I have already booked and paid for our flights with Singapore Airlines to travel to Paris and return from London in May/July 2012. Will we still be able to get Velocity points for these flights? We went to Canada in 2009 flying with V Australia to LA and became silver members. Hope our flights next year can also be redeemed. Thanks

  22. Ronald December 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I will fly SQ to SIN this Friday. As a Velocity gold member, will I get additional baggage allowance in SQ? Star Alliance Gold members have additional 20 kg on top of the usual 20 kg in economy.
    Thanks.

  23. Dean December 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Hi Ronald, we are still to complete the paperwork. If you are a star alliance member and entitled to to that allowance then you would be entitled to that allowance!

  24. George December 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    It is a great idea… If i have a Virgin Australia membership, do i get into the Silver Kris lounge?

  25. Matt December 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Hi
    Just wondering if I can claim Velocity Points and status credits for Singapore Airlines flights I took in September of this year?

  26. Hendrik Dik December 12, 2011 at 8:55 am

    If we can get into the Silver Kris lounges using our Virgin status that will be brilliant!

  27. Dean December 12, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Sorry Matt, but there won’t be a retrospective claim process available for our Singapore alliance partnership.

  28. Paul December 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    How many Velocity Points will likely be required to be redeemed for a SQ return from from Perth to Heathrow (via SIN)?

  29. Dean December 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Redemption rates will be published soon Paul