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 flies to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.
Virgin Australia customers and frequent flyers will be able to access Qatar Airways’ global route network, which includes more than 140 destinations. They’ll be able to earn and redeem Velocity Points when flying on Qatar Airways, and vice versa.
Frequent flyers of both airlines will also be able to enjoy status privileges such as lounge access, extra baggage allowance, priority check-in and priority boarding.
Qatar Airways is one of the best airlines in the world, and its Qsuite business class product is widely loved.
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.
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