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Virgin Australia partners with United Airlines, ending relationship with Delta

Virgin Australia has just announced a fresh partnership with United Airlines that promises to multiply the airline’s reach into the Americas threefold.

This means more destinations and more benefits for those travelling to various 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.

The partnership, which will officially take off in April 2022, establishes codeshare cooperation between the two airlines. This is great news for Velocity Frequent Flyer members, as they can now earn, redeem, and receive tier benefits when travelling on United’s comprehensive domestic and international network. This includes connections from United’s various Australian gateways.

United Airlines, already known for its significant presence in Australia, will extend its reach further. As the U.S. carrier with the most flights to Australia, United offers daily direct flights from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Sydney. Flights from Houston and direct services to Melbourne are also on the itinerary for later in 2022.

With this new partnership, United’s customers can now enjoy seamless access to major Australian cities through Virgin Australia’s extensive domestic network.

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.

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