As FareCompare reported late last year, Virgin America went into the codeshare business with Singapore Airlines, and now the two award-winning carriers have expanded their deal: they are now in the shared mileage business.
The New Miles Deal
Flyers on either airline can now earn miles (and in some cases, lots of them) good for travel on either carrier. In other words, miles earned on flights from Los Angeles to New York can now be used toward flights to Asia – and vice versa.
Virgin America’s Other Airline Partners
Passengers on San Francisco-based Virgin America can already earn miles (called Elevate points in Virgin-speak) on Hawaiian Airlines and use them toward flights to the islands. Miles can also be earned for flights Down Under and Europe with sister carriers Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic.
Is An Alliance in the Future?
The travel site Gadling speculates that this is the latest move toward an airline alliance membership for Virgin America – perhaps with Singapore’s Star Alliance – although sister airline Virgin Atlantic has just partnered with Skyteam member Delta.