Emirates and Virgin America report a frequent flyer partnership that allows members of both airlines’ frequent flyer programs to earn and redeem points or miles for travel across the networks of the two airlines.
Starting today, members of Emirates Skywards frequent flyer program will be able to earn Skywards miles when traveling on all Virgin America flights and can redeem their Skywards miles for reward flights on all Virgin America routes. Members of Virgin America’s Elevate frequent flyer program can now earn Elevate points when flying with Emirates to one of its 135 destinations in 76 countries, including Dubai and beyond, as well as redeem their Elevate points for international reward flights on any route flown by Emirates including those out of New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Washington (IAD), Seattle (SEA), Houston (IAH), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Boston (BOS).
Additionally, Elevate members will have the opportunity to earn and redeem points on Emirates’ new non-stop service between New York and Milan. Emirates says it is currently the only carrier to offer a First Class cabin service between these two cities.
“Through our partnership with Emirates, we’re able to offer enhanced international travel options; Emirates’ network can take Elevate members to the Middle East and beyond,” said Phil Seward, Virgin America’s director of guest loyalty.
“Emirates is committed to providing passengers with a superior product, service and connections,” said Jim Baxter, vice president for North America, Emirates Airline.
Emirates is the fifth airline to join Virgin America’s Elevate frequent flyer program, which also includes Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. The partnership will offer expanded redemption opportunities for both business and leisure travelers on the two carriers.