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Virgin Australia furthers loyalty partnership with South African Airways

From April 30th, Virgin Australia Velocity members can now earn points and status credits on South African Airways (SA) marketed and operated flights. Previously this was only available on SA flights that were marketed, or sold by Virgin Australia under their codeshare agreement. Redeeming miles for South African Airways flights is now also possible. From today, this is what the earning table looks like for South African Airways marketed and operated flights:

Review: Virgin Australia Business Class, Perth to Darwin

Virgin Australia operate a single daily flight between Perth and Darwin. Serviced with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, the flight departs Perth at 8:40am for arrival into Darwin at 1:45pm – as flight VA1433. From Autumn to Spring, Virgin Australia also add an afternoon service operating on Saturdays and Sundays.

Departures Magazine continues to disappoint

American Express Platinum cardholders receive Departures, a magazine published by Time Inc.’s Affluent Media Group. The January / February 2015 issue has a feature ‘The Departures 100’, the ‘100 People, Places, and Things to know in travel for 2015’. It includes a regrettably inaccurate piece on “the frequent flier”, which ventures into familiar territory. The article refers to two airlines that do not exist: Quantas not being an airline (it’s Qantas) and Swissair having not existed since its 2001 bankruptcy (there is an airline called Swiss International Air Lines these days).

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