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Virgin and Alitalia extend partnership to frequent flyers

Kate Webster

Virgin Australia announced today a partnership between Velocity Frequent Flyer and Alitalia’s MilleMiglia program, offering members of both programs new benefits and full reciprocity across each other’s networks.

The frequent flyer agreement is the next step, following a new codeshare partnership between Virgin Australia and Italy’s national carrier, Alitalia, in April 2016.

The partnership means Velocity members will be eligible to earn Velocity Points and Status Credits on all Alitalia operated services, while MilleMiglia members will be able to earn Miles on all Virgin Australia domestic, short and long haul international services.

Velocity and MilleMiglia members will also be able to use their points to purchase Reward Seats on each other’s flights in Economy, Premium Economy or Business Class.

Velocity Frequent Flyer CEO Karl Schuster said: “We are thrilled to extend the bilateral agreement between Virgin Australia and Alitalia announced in April to our Velocity members. To be able to access 10 of Alitalia’s premium lounges located across Italy and in New York will provide a more seamless and enjoyable travel experience for Velocity Platinum and Gold members.”

In addition to lounge access, Velocity Platinum and Gold members will receive priority check-in and priority boarding. Platinum, Gold and Silver members will receive an increased checked baggage allowance.



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