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Virgin Atlantic had been becoming increasingly cozy with Skyteam members Delta Air Lines and Air France.

You may be aware that Delta actually owns 49% of Virgin Atlantic (ever notice how their apps are identical?) and approximately 4% of Air France.

So it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that Virgin is now officially joining the Skyteam alliance.

Sure this will help things run smoother across the existing partnerships, but it also opens new possibilities. For one, they now have more airlines to easily rebook you on if something goes awry with your flight. Interline should work smoothly across all Skyteam partners.

Virgin Atlantic members will now enjoy lounge access across the network when applicable due to cabin class or status, but note a rumor (by Head for Points) that the Virgin Clubhouse at LHR may be off limits to otherwise eligible other Skyteam members.

What am I most interested in? Finding arbitrage. Already, I’ve written that the best way to book Virgin Atlantic Upper Class awards to London is via Air France / KLM Flying Blue.

There’s a MilesTalk T-shirt and pint glass on the way for anyone that can find a Skyteam partner that doesn’t levy fuel surcharges on partner awards and is transferable from at least one points program…. you obviously can’t book anything until at least January, but we can do some advanced research 🙂

HT: God Save the Points and Simple Flying

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