Virgin Australia has announced a new strategic partnership with Qatar Airways which includes a codeshare agreement and loyalty benefits for customers on both carriers’ networks.

This is a somewhat surprising move, given Qatar Airways is a oneworld member and hence a Qantas partner. But it’s great news for Virgin Australia customers, who now have another big international airline partner in the mix alongside Singapore Airlines, Etihad, United and others.

Qatar Airways currently operates daily flights into Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth as well as three weekly flights into Adelaide continuing into Auckland, New Zealand.

Virgin Australia customers and members of the airline’s Velocity Frequent Flyer loyalty program will be able to directly access Qatar Airways’ route network including more than 140 destinations in the Middle East, Europe and Africa, via the airline’s hub in Doha.

The strategic partnership will also include reciprocal loyalty benefits allowing Virgin Australia customers to earn and redeem Velocity Points when flying on Qatar Airways, and vice versa.

Privilege Club and Velocity members will also enjoy a wide range of other benefits, depending on status tier, which may include complimentary lounge access, complimentary extra baggage allowance, priority check-in, priority boarding and priority baggage delivery.

Virgin Australia Group Chief Executive Officer Jayne Hrdlicka said: “Today is more great news for Virgin Australia and Velocity Frequent Flyer members who are hungry to travel internationally.

We are incredibly focused on creating great travel experiences and our new partnership with Qatar Airways will significantly expand Virgin Australia’s footprint into the Middle East, Europe and Africa, offering hundreds more ways our guests can seamlessly see the world.

We are proud to have Qatar Airways join the Virgin Australia family and we look forward to welcoming their guests onboard Virgin Australia services later this year.”

Qatar Airways is one of the best airlines in the world, and its Qsuite business class product is widely loved.

Qsuite

Qsuite

Redeeming Velocity Points to fly in Qsuites will definitely be one of the best uses of those points.

Stay tuned for more info when the partnership launches later this year.

In the meantime, stock up with a massive 160,000 bonus Velocity Points – enough to fly in Qsuite – with our favourite Velocity card, the American Express Velocity Platinum Card!

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