Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines codeshares are back from today

Travellers can enjoy full partnership perks across the two airlines, just in time for the Christmas break.

By Chris Ashton, November 7 2022
Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines codeshares are back from today

Airport departure boards across the globe will once again feature the ‘VA’ airline code, with Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines resuming codeshare flights and, in turn, restoring their long-running partnership back to its pre-pandemic days.

From today, Virgin travellers and Velocity frequent flyers can now book flights to 42 destinations across the Singapore Airlines global network, including perennial favourites such as Rome, Paris, London and, of course, Singapore.

In addition, Singapore Airlines passengers can jet off to 31 destinations on Virgin’s domestic and international network, including the Kiwi adventure capital of Queenstown, which took off earlier this month.

The carriers say they’re looking to roll out codeshare flights to more destinations across the Singapore Airlines’ network “in the coming weeks”, subject to regulatory approval.

Paused due to the pandemic, codeshares were the last missing piece in the partnership, first established in 2011. They join existing benefits such as KrisFlyer-Velocity points transfer and reward seat bookings across all cabins, both of which returned in July.

Virgin Australia travellers can once again see the world with Singapore Airlines.
Virgin Australia travellers can once again see the world with Singapore Airlines.

Alistair Hartley, Virgin Australia’s Group Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, says he’s thrilled to see the partnership’s full return, with the sale of codeshare flights on Singapore Airlines creating a more seamless booking experience for customers.

“Expanding our partnership with Singapore Airlines means we are able to offer our loyal customers more choice and value when travelling internationally, creating more ways to see the world, through wonderful travel experiences on Singapore Airlines,” Hartley adds.

Since its 2020 reboot under Bain Capital, Virgin Australia has been taking a slow and steady approach to its international network. Fiji was the first destination to return, followed by Bali and now New Zealand. Vanuatu and Samoa will take off from March 2023.

Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka has previously refuted speculation the carrier would quickly spread its wings back to destinations once-served and once-promised, such as the United States and Japan.

Instead, “a more pragmatic approach” in the form of renewed partnerships with Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways and others, coupled with new bedfellows in United Airlines and Qatar Airways has given Virgin a strong international network without any of its planes needing to leave the ground.

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 1173

There may be something wrong with VA's website currently though.  For MEL-SIN-MEL, it is showing very little availability in November for the outbound sector and absolutely nothing on the return for November, December and January. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Jan 2018

Total posts 117

They likely have not got any inventory to sell. It’s fairly busy without the codeshare as it is anyway. 

XWu
XWu

09 May 2020

Total posts 530

Not sure about just in time for Xmas break comment in the article lead-in, unless the codeshare arrangements with points transfer can be retrospective, since most international travel booking for this festive season would have occurred months ago, and it’s just about 7 weeks from Xmas 

15 May 2019

Total posts 7

And yet still no Virgin lounge 

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 1173

Not sure what you mean by this.  Eligible travellers such as Gold Velocity have always had access to SQ Lounges.  Straight Lounge membership without Gold status has never given access to VA's partner lounges just as Qantas Club membership doesn't give access to Oneworld or QF partner lounges (except EK DXB when travelling on a QF ticket.)

15 May 2019

Total posts 7

I'm referring to someone who is flying Business Class with VA currently not having access to any lounges in International 

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 1173

OK.  You'd hope they will eventually come to an arrangement with someone like Plaza Premium or No.1 .  Singapore AIrlines probably wouldn't see value in opening their lounges if it didn't coincide with their own departures.  Highly unlikely that VA will ever bother with their own lounges in international terminals again.  

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

07 Dec 2015

Total posts 54

Apart from the slightly higher points earn rate on some fare types and the bonus point % based on your status, could someone remind me please what benefit booking the VA codeshare gives me vs. booking the SQ flight and putting my Velocity FF number into the booking where I get SC's, Points & SQ lounge access anyway? 

My previous experience was normally higher fares that far exceed the benefit of the slightly higher points earn & bonus % of the codeshare!

Thai Airways International - Royal Orchid Plus

15 Jan 2013

Total posts 441

this is good news.one can say ex Adelaide if the schedules don't work on a direct service you can pick anything through Sydney or Melbourne or Perth either way.Coming home if you want same day for instance there might be a VA operated by SQ service SIN-PER which connects with the last flight of the day operated by Virgin onto Adelaide.I would rather clear customs on my return at any of the cities mentioned then go domestic for the sector to my home city.

10 Nov 2022

Total posts 1

Does this mean that these VA code share flights will count as 'Eligible Flight Sectors' for maintaining Velocity status?

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 1173

SQ sectors, be they codeshared or not, already count as eligible sectors for Velocity status as long as they are operated by a SQ aircraft.  SQ codeshares on airlines such as LH do not count.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

07 Dec 2015

Total posts 54

Umm, not sure that is correct reeves35? From the VA website:

"An Eligible Sector is any flight that begins with a VA flight number excluding Reward Seats or Economy Lite fares4. You will need to have earned the required amount of Status Credits and flown the minimum Eligible Sectors to maintain or upgrade your Velocity membership"

Earn Status Credits | The Basics | Velocity Frequent Flyer


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