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What SkyTeam benefits do you now get as a Virgin Flying Club Gold member?

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What are the benefits of Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club Gold status when flying on SkyTeam partner airlines?

Now that Virgin Atlantic is part of the SkyTeam airline alliance, we thought it was time to take a look at what benefits you’ll get as a Virgin Flying Club Gold member. These benefits are applicable now as long as you have included your Virgin Flying Club number on your booking – and even if you haven’t, flashing your Virgin Gold card at the lounge or check-in should do the trick.

Gold is the top tier in Virgin’s Flying Club frequent flyer membership scheme. You need to earn at least 1,000 tier points in a single membership year to achieve Gold status. You can see Skyteam benefits for Virgin Silver members here.

The article looks at how many Virgin Atlantic tier points you will now earn flying with SkyTeam partners. It is possibe to earn Virgin Flying Club status entirely from travel on SkyTeam airlines – there is no requirement (unlike with British Airways Executive Club) to fly a minimum number of segments on Virgin Atlantic itself.

What are the Virgin Flying Club Gold benefits?

When flying Virgin Atlantic, you get the following benefits as a Gold member regardless of which cabin you’re flying:

  • Upper Class check in and priority
  • Clubhouse access anytime you fly Virgin Atlantic or Delta for you and a guest
  • Access to the Revivals arrivals lounge at Heathrow (review here)
  • Anytime seat assignment for you and any travel companions
  • Free exit row seat options in economy
  • Additional cabin bag
  • Additional checked bag
  • 60% Virgin Points bonus on Virgin Atlantic flights

The official list of Virgin Atlantic Gold benefits can be found on the Virgin Atlantic website here.

What about flying with SkyTeam partners?

As of 2nd March, you get additional benefits when flying other SkyTeam Alliance airlines, of which there are 17:

  • Aerolíneas Argentinas
  • Aeromexico
  • Air Europa
  • Air France
  • China Airlines
  • Czech Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • ITA Airways
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • Middle East Airlines
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Xiamen Air

Virgin Flying Club Gold benefits on SkyTeam flights

For flights with SkyTeam partner airlines your benefits are slightly different.

Virgin Flying Club Gold is the equivalent to SkyTeam Elite Plus status.

This is the top level of SkyTeam status and comes with a raft of perks. These perks are fixed at alliance level, and you get the same benefits if you have Elite Plus status with any other SkyTeam airline:

  • Lounge access for you and a guest when flying with any SkyTeam airline
  • Priority check-in, baggage drop-off, immigration and security
  • Priority boarding
  • Free seat selection at the time of booking for you and anyone else on your booking,
  • One additional bag per person, or 20kg increased weight allowance, depending on the flight
  • Reservation assurance on full-fare economy tickets, guaranteeing you a seat even on full or overbooked flights, when booked at least 24 hours before departure

The key benefits here are access to lounges as well as priority services and increased baggage allowances.

Make sure you have included your Virgin Flying Club membership number on any SkyTeam bookings in order to claim these benefits. You can do so on the ‘Manage My Booking’ page of the airline you booked with. Note that it is possible that some SkyTeam members have yet to adjust their systems to accept Virgin Flying Club membership numbers.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (June 2024)

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, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 18,000 Virgin Points and the free card has a bonus of 3,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

18,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

3,000 bonus points, no fee and 1 point for every £1 you spend Read our full review

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 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 40,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 40,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and FREE for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn 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.)

Comments (20)

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  • riku says:

    >>Lounge access for you and a guest when flying with any SkyTeam airline

    It is only in conjunction with an international flight. The conditions for lounge access by status card holders are different for SkyTeam compared to One World/Star Alliance.

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      I think the international flight rule is mainly for US domestics because airlines in the US don’t like giving lounge access on status on domestics and would rather sell lounge memberships. I know back when I had FB status I could access the lounge on KLM domestics (they used to exist back then) and AF domestics. Of course this may have changed now.

      • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

        Sky Team Elite Plus and an Amex Plat largely sort this out as it’s the Delta Sky Clubs that are the main problem. I’ve found the food offerings really substantial on my last few Sky Club visits. The switch from breakfast to lunch around 11.00 was quite a production with different types of soups, cold items with actual interesting ingredients and impressive looking filled sandwich rolls.

        • Anders says:

          In my brief stint as Skyteam elite plus (through an old Alitalia status match) I was denied entry to a Garuda Indonesia lounge prior to a domestic flight. You also don’t get access to contract lounges via status, so if you’re flying from somewhere that doesn’t have a skyteam lounge, even if the airline puts its business class passengers in a contract lounge, they’re under no obligation to do the same for elites. All of which has made me a very loyal oneworld flyer even if BA is always a mixed experience…

      • Marcw says:

        Nope – it’s SkyTeam policy. No lounge access on domestic itineraries.

  • Steven Ford says:

    “ flashing your Virgin Gold card at the lounge or check-in should do the trick”…Rhys, have VS FC started to issue these again?? I’m gold and was told they stopped issuing along with the printed baggage tags.

    • Littlefish says:

      Confirmed – I’m VS Gold and have never got a Gold Card; called-up and even the ability to print one off my Flying Club account has gone. Cue, having Skyclubs phoning up Virgin to confirm my Gold status (some accept me showing my laptop logged into VS account).
      Having my VS number in the booking doesn’t necessarily translate to status coming up correctly, on non-VS operated flights.

    • AL says:

      They don’t issue any paraphernalia any more, so I think this could probably do with a re-word, to be honest. Any card that does exist will have expired by now.

    • Rhys says:

      No, but you have a digital one.

  • r* says:

    Im not sure the benefits with sky team elite plus are fixed between all airlines.

    Each airline appears to decide which benefits they give, I didnt get free seat selection on AF premium econ with elite plus.

  • Peter says:

    ITA status is still not working with most skyteam airlines and it has been over a year

    • JDB says:

      ITA status works great with Aeroméxico and Aerolíneas Argentinas.

  • David says:

    Not for all HFP readers. But Virgin Gold is a Centurion benefit. This makes short haul travel from the UK much more interesting if you don’t have BA status.

  • TimT says:

    Shame that the IT issue still hasn’t been fixed so that my VS Gold status is correctly provided to KLM/AF – they can only see me as silver so I don’t get the benefits. Been like this for months

    • Greg says:

      Me too! Virgin did not believe me when I told them the delta crew welcomed me on board as a silver member.. “but you are showing up as Gold in our system”. Now that we just moved from London to New York I wanted to get this sorted 🙁

      • TimT says:

        I tried, spoke with a virgin who whilst they acknowledged that this was a known problem said their system was correct and blamed KLM. Of course when I spoke with KLM they blamed Virgin. Virgin couldn’t offer any solutions – I even suggested changing of membership number in the hope that would then flow thru correctly but they wouldn’t . All they could offer was to show my membership card, except they don’t issue them anymore and that doesn’t help with seat reservations etc. All in I wasn’t very impressed and as the customer I feel that they don’t care

  • Joe says:

    I’m virgin gold and informed by Air France I only need to book basic flight as seat bags and priority is complementary
    However when booking online I’m still being asked to pay for seat and bags
    Can anyone advise please

    • TimT says:

      I suspect you have the same issue as me in that your gold level isn’t being passed to AF correctly so you aren’t being seen by them as a sky priority member. It’s a know issue with no solution apparently

  • Lee says:

    Simple question: What benefits does elite status provide that a premium cabin ticket does not? (Let’s say that one only flies on points — so, point earn rate is off the table.) The only benefit of which I’m aware is the ability to open up award inventory. Other than that . . .

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