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Old Nov 19, 19, 12:14 pm
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Flying Blue Gold / Elite plus benefits on Virgin

Have a KL ticket Dulles to Heathrow next month on Virgin.

Are there any benefits I can get with Flying Blue status? Beyond lounge access at Dulles (sometime handy) and some kind of priority boarding (usual helpful as travel hand baggage only) I don't think there's anything I'd be possibly missing out on anyway (Vs flying AF/DL/KLM)
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Old Nov 19, 19, 3:19 pm
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I suppose you fly Y ?
I am not sure you will have access to the VS lounge in IAD, but I think you can be a refugee at the AFKL lounge.
Priority boarding : likely not.
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Old Nov 19, 19, 4:42 pm
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Originally Posted by Goldorak View Post
I suppose you fly Y ?
I am not sure you will have access to the VS lounge in IAD, but I think you can be a refugee at the AFKL lounge.
Priority boarding : likely not.
Yeh, Y.

I'll report back in a few weeks ^
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Old Nov 20, 19, 2:55 am
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Beyond lounge access at Dulles (sometime handy) and some kind of priority boarding (usual helpful as travel hand baggage only) I don't think there's anything I'd be possibly missing out on anyway (Vs flying AF/DL/KLM)
The answer to these types of questions can always be found by checking the relevant partner page on the Flying Blue website, which sums up the benefits per partner. You will see, though, that Virgin Atlantic is not (yet) a Flying blue partner.

At the moment, there is only a codesharing arrangement. You will have to wait until the joint venture kicks in befor any sort of reciprocal frequent flyer benefits are announced.

Therefore, and despite a report a few months back that an FB member got lounge access in LHR when flying VS, you can be sure that, at Dulles, Flying Blue status won't get you lounge access when travelling on Virgin, nor does it get you priority boarding.
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Old Nov 20, 19, 3:50 am
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Flying Club Gold does already give access to SkyPriority check-in at AMS. I don't know if that is reciprocal at VS stations.
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Old Dec 5, 19, 4:59 pm
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Lounge access
Tried AF/KLM lounge who politely said no as I was flying on Virgin. Didn't try the Virgin lounge as thought there was no point. Would probably try the next time.

Priority Boarding
"Priority passengers from Air France & KLM" we're called to board with the priority group. Wave of my FB gold card was sufficient.
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Lounge access
Tried AF/KLM lounge who politely said no as I was flying on Virgin
I am very surprised about this knowing that you had a KL-coded ticket. I really wonder if they were right.
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I'd agree. I've had no problems in the past to enter the KL lounge on an cityjet flight with KL code. Was even able to bring in somebody on a wx-coded flight/ticket as my guest. I'd expect the same with Virgin, at least with the KL-coded flight..
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Old Dec 9, 19, 9:56 am
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Am FB gold and recently took a flight from AMS-EWK via LHR. Booked with KLM and flew Virgin.

Didn't have time for lounges so don't know if you're permitted but the big issues were that I wasn't given my usual free checked bags and free seat choice (massive pain in the hole as I was planning to bring wine and I'm well over 2m).

My fault for assuming I'd get the usual perks but I did feel cheated by KLM for selling me the flight.
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