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Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club and Virgin Australia Velocity Launch the Frequent Flyer Program Cooperation

July 10, 2017 Loyalty No Comments Email Email

Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club yesterday began its official frequent flyer cooperation with Velocity, the travel awards program of Virgin Australia. The relationship covers point accumulation, award tickets redemption, and reciprocal elite benefits. It includes Virgin Australia and certain member airlines of the Fortune Wings Club, specifically Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Capital Airlines and Tianjin Airlines.

Starting from July 6, 2017, members of the Fortune Wings Club may accrue Fortune Wings status qualifying points and award points when flying Virgin Australia between and within Australia and New Zealand and Greater China (mainland ChinaHong KongMacau and Taiwan). Conversely, members of Virgin Australia’s frequent flyer program can also accrue Velocity points when using four member airlines of the Fortune Wings Club, including Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Capital Airlines and Tianjin Airlines.

In August, details on the award tickets redemption and reciprocal elite benefits in August will be announced. At that time, members of either program will be able to redeem their points for award tickets on the other party’s flights, and elite members will enjoy a variety of elite privileges, such as priority check-in, additional free baggage allowance, lounge access and priority boarding, when traveling on the other airline’s flight.

Since their equity cooperation in 2016, the HNA Group and Virgin Australia have entered into a number of cooperative agreements including codeshare. The launching of cooperation on frequent flyer programs represents the first major step forward by both sides in business cooperation.

Virgin Australia is based in Brisbane and operates over 3,000 flights per week to more than 40 Australian cities. Velocity members may earn Points when flying to more than 600 destinations worldwide with Virgin Australia or 17 airline partners “Virgin Australia is one of the most important strategic partners of the HNA Group”, said Sun Jianfeng, President of Hainan Airlines. “The Fortune Wings Club and Velocity have begun a cooperative effort in their frequent flyer programs, which will not only expand members’ ability to earn points, but the upcoming redemption and reciprocal elite benefits will also create a perfect experience for members.”

At present, the four member airlines of The Fortune Wings Club, namely Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Capital Airlines and Tianjin Airlines, operate eight routes and more than 70 weekly flights from Hong Kong and 7 destinations in mainland China to Australia and New Zealand. The new cooperation with Velocity will enhance the market competitiveness of both airlines’ international routes between Chinaand Australia.

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