Virgin Australia, Delta partnership will wind up on June 12

After 11 years, the partnership between Delta and Virgin Australia is officially scrapped as United Airlines moves in.

By David Flynn, March 7 2022
Virgin Australia, Delta partnership will wind up on June 12

Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines are officially calling time on their relationship, with the break-up taking effect in two stages.

April 2022 will see United Airlines formally replace Delta as Virgin’s partner in the USA, Mexico and South America and the Caribbean.

This will include a VA flight number appearing against selected United services – including trans-Pacific routes between Australia and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston – along with a full suite of perks for Virgin’s Velocity frequent flyers.

However, some Velocity benefits will continue to be available on Delta Air Lines flights until mid-June under what a Delta spokeswoman described to Executive Traveller as “part of a transition period agreed between DL and VA.”

That stage runs through to June 12 and this includes earning Velocity points and status credits, using Velocity points to book a reward seat on a future Delta flight (or make changes to an existing points-based reward booking) and what Virgin Australia broadly describes as “all other offer benefits.”

But come June 13, all ties are cut.

Both airlines last month advised the United States Department of Transportation that their long-standing joint venture was kaput.

For its part, Delta Air Lines says it will continue flying between Sydney and Los Angeles without Virgin’s support.

“Delta’s operations in Australia are not impacted by the termination of the agreement with Virgin Australia, and we continue to operate nonstop service to/from Sydney,” a spokeswoman for the airline has confirmed to Executive Traveller.

United Airlines will not only allow Virgin’s frequent flyers to earn Velocity points and status credits on UA flights but also offer status-based perks such as access to United Club lounges plus priority check-in, security clearance and boarding.

While the full extent of these have yet to be revealed, they’ll roughly be in line with the perks extended to Virgin Australia’s Velocity members under the previous partnership with Delta Air Lines.

United also intends to open up Velocity point redemptions on its flights and swing its upgraded Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners – sporting the airline’s latest Polaris business class suites plus its new premium economy seating – onto routes between Australia and the USA.

Virgin Australia has also moved on in another part of the world, signing a new codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways which will see the domestic and international networks of both airlines made available to travellers.

05 Apr 2012

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The question for me is: If I book on Delta thru Virgin, will I earn Velocity Status Credits as well as points?

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

30 Oct 2015

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I've noted that you will earn Velocity points, but no mention of status credits? 

Was hoping to use my credits with Delta to top up my status credits next year since plans were canned on COVID's account.

24 Apr 2012

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Hi both - status credits remain on the table, so we've tweaked the article to highlight this. 

05 Apr 2012

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Thanks, Chris :-)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Nov 2017

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Sounds like there may be a bit more to the story as things can change within the next 12 months - 2 years, however won't be welcome news for the "Star Alliance" folk and/or UA flyers wanting VA to "dump DL" in the short term.

Probably safe to say Alliances (in general) are off the cards for the next 2 years at least.

17 Jun 2020

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Hi Chris more out of curiosity, but using the same logic does this technically mean the AA Qantas joint venture is paused at the moment too? 

Not that it means much given both are in oneworld but I think QF said they are not flying to USA until end of 2021 but AA are starting again soon.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Sep 2012

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I would say Qantas (and AA) has simply made a temporary schedule variation to its USA services in response to CV19 and has the capacity to reinstate flights once they deem it viable, and this is aimed at mid 2021, so no change to the QF/AA JV. The situation with Virgin is very different, they no longer have the capacity to operate flights to USA with the permanent withdrawal of 777 (and 330) from their fleet so a JV on the route is not realistically feasible.

24 Apr 2012

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KW72: That would be a business decision for Qantas and American to make, just as this was a business decision between Delta and Virgin Australia.

09 Sep 2020

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Can anyone advise if and when Virgin Australia honestly  look like resuming Long Haul (Los Angeles etc) flights, 2021,2022 ,2023 or are they whistling "Dixie" in the wind, can they please be upfront with the public especially with those who remain loyal to them and await fervently to fly with them especially  on long haul flights , as they were great experiences and the crews are second to  none. 

Etihad - Etihad Guest

19 Mar 2018

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I have reliable sources saying they will have the same allegiance as Virgin Atlantic, except to balance things out, Virgin Atlantic will join SkyTeam while Virgin Australia will join Star Alliance. 

This means, expect all SkyTeam airlines and those leaning to SkyTeam, to switch from Qantas to Virgin Australia. This switch will allow Qantas to behave like a real oneworld member, aka JV American, JAL, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, IAG plus Finnair, and hosting China Southern and Emirates.

This changes Singapore Airlines, who has been faking it as the SkyTeam airline to Australia (they take CZ, MU, CA, CX, AF, KL etc  because who's gonna fly Qantas or Etihad or Emirates when you've got SQ as a choice), and they will finally have a chance to become a real Star Alliance airline.

Virgin Australia's goals aside from returning to its Virgin Blue NWC roots, is towards Southeast Asia and India/ Pakistan. I doubt they will fly transpacific (because Virgin Atlantic is supposed to do London Melbourne Paris to Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth nonstop, and via Hong Kong and Los Angeles, and eventually, connecting the dots with Virgin Atlantic's network. Cathay Pacific was supposed to turn into Virgin Pacific, but I'm not sure if they're still part of the plan.

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