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

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What are the benefits of Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club Silver 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 Silver 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 Silver e-card at the lounge or check-in should do the trick.

Silver is Virgin Atlantic Flying Club’s mid-tier, with Gold above and Red (entry level) below. You need to earn at least 400 tier points in a single membership year to achieve Silver status. You can see Skyteam benefits for Virgin Gold members here.

SkyTeam benefits as Virgin Flying Club Silver member

The article (click) looks at how many Virgin Atlantic tier points you will now earn flying with SkyTeam partners. It is possible 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 Silver benefits?

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

  • Premium check in
  • Free seat assignment for you and any travel companions when travelling in Economy Light
  • Priority baggage
  • Additional checked bag of 23kg on Virgin Atlantic operated flights
  • 30% Virgin Points bonus on Virgin Atlantic flights

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

What about flying with SkyTeam partners?

As of 2nd March 2023, 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 Silver benefits on SkyTeam flights

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

Virgin Flying Club Silver is the equivalent to SkyTeam Elite status.

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

  • Priority check-in and baggage drop-off
  • 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

The benefits are limited. Crucially, lounge access is NOT included (this is reserved for SkyTeam Elite Plus members, which includes Virgin Flying Club Gold.) The biggest benefit is the use of priority services for check in, baggage drop and boarding, as well as free seat selection.

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 (July 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 – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes 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 (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel 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 (8)

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  • Jan M says:

    As someone who flies mostly KLM within Europe I’ve valued the free checked luggage a lot. Must have saved me hundreds of pounds over the year.

    Sometimes when they are not checking you can use the fast lane at AMS through security as well…

  • Mark Abernethy says:

    Neither VS silver nor Gold give you free seat selection with Domestic Delta Basic Economy . I know this because I assumed it would but I couldn’t even pay for seat selection after booking so had to cancel and rebook in Economy Main where seat selection is already included

  • TimT says:

    I would love to get these and the sky priority benefits, it’s just that their IT systems don’t appear to translate my virgin gold over to KLM correctly. KLM blame virgin, virgin blame KLM.

  • gulz says:

    I’m planning to do a TP run to tel-aviv end of this month to make virgin silver. Economy outbound and uc for return leg, will take me to 300tp before end of march.

  • Lee says:

    What benefit does tier status provide that a premium cabin ticket does not . . . other than points earn rate? And, if someone is flying solely on points, points earn rate is irrelevant.

    • Rob says:


      If you only ever fly in Business Class then airline elite status is mainly irrelevant. (OK, BA Gold lets you use First Wing and Galleries First lounges, but apart from that …)

  • Simone says:

    Ís it better to get Silver status with VS or any sort of status with DL?
    I have already renewed my BA gold and can have a premium+UC flight already booked.. can book one more set of flights I meanly fly to the US

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