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Virgin Australia, new Aeroplan partner

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Virgin Australia, an australian airline, becomes a partner of Aeroplan. You will be able to earn and redeem Aeroplan points!

Virgin Australia, new Aeroplan partner

After Etihad Airways, Azul Brazilian Airlines and Vistara Airlines, it is now the Australian airline Virgin Australia’s turn to become a new partner of Aeroplan, the loyalty program of Air Canada.

20110602 Virgin Australia YR801 3664 (VOZ) 737-800 Take off and Taxi
20110602 Virgin Australia YR801 3664 (VOZ) 737-800 Take off and Taxi

Virgin Australia is an Australian airline, the biggest competitor of Qantas (a member of Oneworld).

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Virgin Australia had long-haul aircraft such as Boeing B777s and Airbus A330s.

From now on, Virgin Australia will rely on its fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft for short and medium-haul flights. This applies in particular to flights to:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Indonesia
  • Fiji
Virgin Australia Network
Virgin Australia Network - Credit: Flight Connections

This new Aeroplan partner is important as it will allow members to travel within the region with their Aeroplan points.

This was impossible until now (we prefered to use British Airways Executive Club Avios miles with Qantas).

Using Aeroplan points on Virgin Australia

As of January 19, 2021, it will be possible to redeem Aeroplan points on Virgin Australia flights, following the Aeroplan flight rewards chart.

Since it is a partner airline, there will be a $39 partner fee, in addition to airport taxes. On the other hand, there will be no carrier surcharge, as has been the case since the new Aeroplan program came into effect.

Australia is located in the Pacific zone:

Aeroplan Grille Pacific Zone

Therefore, for flights operated within this zone, the “Pacific” chart applies:

aeroplan – grille – pacifique

For example, a one-way flight from Sydney to Melbourne will cost 8,000 points in economy and 20,000 points in business class.

And this opens the way to many sweetspots in the region like:

Origin Destination Distance Points
Brisbane (BNE) Port Vila (VLI) 1,176 miles 12,500 points
Brisbane (BNE) Honiara (HIR) 1,315 miles 12,500 points
Perth (PER) Christmas Island (XCH) 1,618 miles 12,500 points
Brisbane (BNE) Nadi (NAN) 1,686 miles 12,500 points
Perth (PER) Cocos Islands (CCK) 1,824 miles 12,500 points
Brisbane (BNE) Apia (APW) 2,433 miles 25,000 points
Sweetspots Virgin Australia
Sweetspots Virgin Australia

And if you are combining flight rewards between Virgin Australia and other Aeroplan partners (Air Canada, United, Air New Zealand, etc.) to fly from North America to Australia, you will need to follow the “North America – Pacific” chart.

aeroplan – grille – amerique nord – pacifique

For example, travelling exclusively with partners such as United and Virgin Australia, a one-way trip between Vancouver and Perth, via Sydney and San Francisco will cost 60,000 points in economy class and 85,000 points in business class.

And you can add 5,000 points for a stopover in Sydney!

Yvr Syd Per Virgin

You could also take one of Air Canada’s direct flights between Canada and Australia (from Vancouver to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane). But then Air Canada’s flexible chart will apply.

Earn Aeroplan points with Virgin Australia

As of January 19, 2021, it will be possible to earn Aeroplan points on Virgin Australia flights.

Region Class of Service Booking classes Aeroplan and SQM points
Domestic Business J 150 %
C, D, I 125 %
Economy Y, B, H, K, L 100 %
E, N, V, Q,T, S, G 50 %
M 25 %
International Business J 150 %
C, D, I 125 %
Economy Y, B, H, K, L 100 %
E, N, V, Q,T, S, G 50 %
M 25 %
20110602 Virgin Australia YR801 3664 (VOZ) 737-800 Take off and Taxi

Conclusion

Air Canada continues to strengthen the list of Aeroplan partners around the world: Cathay Pacific, Gol, Etihad Airways, Azul, Vistara and now Virgin Australia.

We also learned that other very exciting news will come soon… To be continued!

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