Qatar Airways and Virgin Australia celebrate their new strategic partnership

Qatar Airways and Virgin Australia have entered into a new strategic partnership spanning 49 markets across Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Eligible Privilege Club and Velocity Frequent Flyer members will enjoy lounge access and additional benefits when traveling on both carriers

To celebrate the launch of the partnership, Privilege Club members traveling on Virgin Australia will earn double Avios, while Velocity members traveling on Qatar Airways will enjoy special fares and be entered into an exclusive prize draw for one million Avios. of Velocity Points*

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Qatar Airways, voted “World’s Best Airline” at the 2021 Skytrax Awards, and Australia’s most beloved airline, Virgin Australia, have officially entered into a strategic partnership that significantly expands the route network, lounges and travel programs. loyalty of both airlines, offering travelers important benefits and new destinations.

Announced in May 2022, the partnership opens up travel to more than 150 destinations across Qatar Airways and Virgin Australia’s extensive destination networks, creating a new option for seamless travel between Australia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. . Flights can now be booked on the websites of both airlines.

Privilege Club members will be able to earn Avios and QPoints on Virgin Australia operated flights and Velocity Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn Velocity Points and Status Credits on Qatar Airways operated flights. Seats to book through loyalty points are also available on selected services operated by both airlines. Starting September 12, eligible members of both loyalty programs also receive additional benefits, including priority check-in, priority boarding and lounge access, regardless of travel class.

This strategic partnership will provide a critical business and tourism boost for Australia and Qatar, while opening up a world of new travel opportunities for customers of both airlines.

Special promotions for Privilege Club and Velocity members

Privilege Club members will earn double Avios when booking and flying on any Virgin Australia flight through December 6, 2022. Similarly, Velocity members will enjoy a special offer with reduced fares for any booking made on Virgin Australia. Qatar Airways website between September 7 and October 12, 2022, for travel until March 31, 2023 (embargo periods apply). Three lucky Velocity Frequent Flyer members will also earn 1 million points each if they fly with Qatar Airways before December 31, 2022*.

Qatar Airways GCEO, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Unlike other airlines, we were determined to continue flying to and from Australia during COVID-19, to bring those in need home and keep companies connected to the world. Now we have further strengthened our presence alongside our friends at Virgin Australia.”

“This partnership will also enable Qatar Airways Privilege Club members to earn and redeem Avios when flying Virgin Australia. Passengers will benefit from the award-winning facilities at our hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha, recently voted Best Airport of the World for the second year in a row, for a comfortable journey. It also opens Australia to our passengers flying with Qatar Airways, after such a long and difficult period.”

Jayne Hrdlicka, Virgin Australia Group Managing Director, adds: “It’s an incredibly exciting time for Virgin Australia and our Velocity Frequent Flyer members as Qatar Airways officially joins the Virgin Australia family. We continue to deliver on our promise to expand our international network and, starting today, our customers will have direct access to more than 150 destinations around the world on the Qatar Airways global network, including more access to the Middle East, Europe and Africa than we have ever offered in history of our airline.

He continues: “Our more than 10.8 million Velocity members will now be able to earn and redeem Velocity points to more than 500 destinations worldwide when they travel with Virgin Australia, Qatar Airways and our long list of renowned airline partners. Eligible Velocity members will also receive a number of premium benefits when traveling with Qatar Airways, including lounge access as well as priority check-in and boarding. The partnership will also allow Virgin Australia to showcase our famous hospitality and all of the incredible scenery and unique experiences we have in Australia when Qatar Airways customers and Privilege Club members fly on our network. It is a fantastic partnership and we are proud to join forces with Qatar Airways.”

Business Travel Offer Launching Soon

Coming soon, Virgin Australia and Qatar Airways will launch a market-leading proposition for business travellers, providing more value options for business travelers traveling between Australia, the Middle East and Europe.


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