Virgin Australia has today announced a new partnership with United Airlines that will triple the airline’s reach into the Americas, with customers to access more destinations and benefits when travelling to cities across the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America.

The partnership with United will replace Virgin’s current codeshare and frequent flyer relationship with Delta Air Lines, which has stood for over a decade.

Commencing in April 2022, the Virgin-United partnership will establish codeshare co-operation, as well as reciprocal loyalty benefits for United MileagePlus and Velocity Frequent Flyer members.

United offers more flights between the USA and Australia than any other U.S. carrier, including daily direct flights from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Sydney, with flights from Houston and direct services to Melbourne expected to resume later in 2022.

Eligible Velocity and United MileagePlus members will receive the following benefits when travelling on Virgin Australia and United services worldwide:

  • priority check-in
  • priority boarding
  • priority baggage delivery and additional baggage check allowance
  • priority security clearance
  • lounge access.

Virgin Australia Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said the partnership was an exciting opportunity for Virgin Australia customers.

“The United States is a key market for Virgin Australia, and we know Australians are excited to be able to travel overseas again, so we’ve created hundreds of new ways they can do that through United’s extensive services to and from Australia.

“Virgin Australia customers will have significantly more options for travel from Australia to the States, with more than three-times as many services available to them, which is great news for Australian travellers.

“Our family has just expanded and we look forward to welcoming United and their guests on board in April,” she said.

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