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Virgin Atlantic and China Eastern codeshare announced

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Virgin Atlantic’s only flight to the Far East is now its daily service to Shanghai, which restarted last year.

The airline has now announced a small codeshare agreement with its SkyTeam partner China Eastern, the home carrier in Shanghai, which opens six more connections

Virgin Atlantic has also moved into Terminal 1 at Shanghai Pudong Airport, where it can use the China Eastern lounges and facilities.

Virgin Atlantic and China Eastern codeshare announced

The codeshare covers flights to Chengdu, Changsha, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Wuhan and Xi’an, and will allow Virgin Atlantic passengers to seamlessly connect to these destinations in Shanghai.

In return, Virgin Atlantic will offer China Eastern customers the option to connect to Caribbean and African destinations, subject to government approval.

Bizarrely, China Eastern is still the only SkyTeam partner which cannot be booked with Virgin Points. This has remained ‘in progress’ since Virgin Atlantic joined SkyTeam last Spring and Virgin says it is “expected to follow shortly”.

However, all other SkyTeam benefits apply. I was able to use the China Eastern lounges and SkyTeam Priority services in Shanghai on my trip last year.


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (February 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 15,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Money is offering double points on spending until 14th April (£5,000 cap) to new customers when you apply for the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard. Click here to learn more.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 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 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

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) 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 (24)

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  • newbz says:

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    • Hugo says:

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