Déjà Vu? Comparing Delta / Virgin Atlantic Earning Rates in 2002 to the Newly Announced 2013 Benefits

July 3rd won’t be the first time you’ll be able to earn Delta base miles for flying with Virgin Atlantic, a  fully reciprocal frequent flier partnership actually first launched in 2002. That partnership ended in 2004 and obviously didn’t provide the same perks as those announced yesterday with Delta’s current 49% stake in Virgin. Nevertheless, it’s interesting to take a look back at the rates which happen to be quite similar to the ones announced yesterday…

Under the previous program both Delta and Virgin Atlantic customers earned 100% in Economy, 125% in Business, and 150% in First Class.  The new program will offer 100% in Economy, 125% in Premium Economy K & H, 150% for Economy Y and  B and Premium Economy W & S, and 150% for Upper Class.

The new program also allows for medallion qualification miles in all classes, including discounted economy:


Other benefits announced yesterday include:


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  1. No expert, but I’m guessing that it won’t count for SPG because currently other airlines like Air France and KLM don’t earn it. Only Delta.

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