Virgin America will pull down the shutters on its frequent flyer partnership with Virgin Australia in September 2017, as the Branson-backed US carrier makes ready to be swallowed whole by new owner Alaska Airlines.
The last date for booking Virgin America flights using Velocity points is September 30 2017, with travel no later than January 15 2018.
Virgin America's own Elevate frequent flyer scheme will cease to operate as of January 1, 2018.
Using Velocity points to snare stateside travel with Virgin America has been an appealing option for some Aussie flyers, with around 50,000 Velocity points landing you a business class ('first class', in US parlance) seat on Virgin America's cross-country flights between the US east and west coasts – although Virgin Australia's US joint venture partner Delta Air Lines offers a superior experience with its Delta One class.
The partnership proved more fruitful for many Virgin America frequent flyers, who were able to book Virgin Australia's superb Boeing 777 business class from Los Angeles to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane for just 45,000 Elevate points, or 80,000 points for a return ticket.