A strategic alliance between Virgin Australia and Qatar Airways has been signed, and it will help both airlines’ networks, lounges, and loyalty programmes grow.
The partnership, which was first announced in May 2022, gives both carriers access to more than 150 destinations between Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Seats on flights can already be booked on both airlines’ websites for travel beginning September 12, 2022.
On flights run by Virgin Australia, members of Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club can earn Avios and QPoints, and on flights run by Qatar Airway, members of Velocity Frequent Flier can earn Velocity Points and Status Credits.
On eligible services run by both airlines, reward seats can also be reserved. Regardless of their class of travel, eligible members of both loyalty programmes will start receiving additional tier benefits on September 12, 2022, such as priority check-in, priority boarding, and lounge access.
According to Qatar Airways group CEO Akbar Al Baker
“Unlike other airlines, we were determined to keep flying to and from Australia during COVID, get desperate people home, and keep businesses connected to the world. Now, we have strengthened our presence even more in cooperation with our good friends at Virgin Australia.”
Jayne Hrdlicka, group chief executive officer of Virgin Australia said
“Today is an incredibly exciting day for Virgin Australia and our loyal Velocity Frequent Flyer members with Qatar Airways officially joining the Virgin Australia family.”
For our more than 10.8 million Velocity members, who now have access to earning and redeeming Velocity Points for travel to more than 500 destinations worldwide when flying with Virgin Australia, Qatar Airways, and our extensive network of renowned international airline partners, Hrdlicka continued. When flying with Qatar Airline, eligible Velocity members will also get access to a variety of premium benefits, such as priority check-in and boarding and lounge access.
It’s a great partnership, and we are happy to work with Qatar Airways, said Hrdlicka.
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