As regular Head for Points readers will know, we are now very close to the launch date of the full partnership between Virgin Atlantic and Air France KLM.
Both the EU and US authorities have approved the creation of a new joint venture for transatlantic flights. This will allow Virgin, Delta, Air France and KLM to effectively operate as one company on these routes, allowing them to jointly set prices and schedules. Frequent flyer benefits will also be aligned.
The official launch date of the partnership has not been released although I have hinted recently that it would be ‘very soon’.
The Flying Blue website seems to have let the cat out of the bag, however.
Take a look here.
In case the page is taken down, because it is up early, here is a screenshot (click to enlarge):
…. and part two:
Ignore all the ‘earn and burn’ data on that page, because it relates to Flying Blue and not Virgin Flying Club.
(It IS relevant to you if you have a Flying Blue account, however, as you can now see the rates at which you will earn if you credit Virgin Atlantic flights to Flying Blue.)
What IS relevant is that the screenshot implies that 15th January is the launch date.
We probably won’t find out officially until next week. However, it seems that we are – finally – about to be able to spend our Virgin Atlantic miles on Air France and KLM flights.
Of course, until we know how much they will cost and what the taxes will be, it won’t be clear if this is a big win or not. More to follow ….
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, one has a bonus of 30,000 Points until 15th October 2021):
You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points:
Until 2nd November 2021, there is a special offer on The Platinum Card from American Express.
You will receive a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points which converts into 60,000 Virgin Points.
(Want to earn more Virgin Points? Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)