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Do Delta Elites Get Perks on Virgin Atlantic Flights?

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TPG reader Alex tweeted me to ask about Delta Medallions flying on Virgin Atlantic:

@thepointsguy – “I have Delta Platinum Medallion status and have to fly Virgin Atlantic. Will any of my elite perks apply?”

A couple years ago, Delta announced it was buying a minority stake in Virgin Atlantic, which was great news for anyone you has a lot of Delta SkyMiles. You can fly Virgin Atlantic Upper Class to Europe for 125,000 SkyMiles round-trip. While it’s not the most cutting-edge business class seat, it’s pretty swanky and makes for a nice ride, as Virgin Atlantic has awesome lounges and an onboard bar on most of its planes.

Delta Platinum Medallions will get benefits when flying on Virgin Atlantic. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.
Delta Platinum Medallions do get benefits when flying with Virgin Atlantic. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

As a Delta Platinum Medallion, you will get the following benefits when flying with Virgin Atlantic:

  • Priority check-in
  • Priority baggage handling
  • Priority security
  • Priority boarding
  • Baggage fee waiver
  • Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse access

Keep in mind that you can also earn MQMs on eligible Virgin Atlantic flights, and you can use your SkyMiles for Virgin award tickets as I mentioned previously.

In general, I wouldn’t expect to be upgraded. While Delta did just ease restrictions on mileage upgrades earlier this week, the airline (along with its SkyTeam and other partners) is still a bit stingy when it comes to complimentary upgrades. If you’re a Virgin Atlantic Flying Club elite member and economy is oversold, you might have better luck, but I haven’t heard many stories of Delta Medallions getting upgraded. However, I’d love to hear from readers on this. If you’re a Delta or Virgin elite who has been upgraded on the other airline, please share your story in the comments below!

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook or send me an email at

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