Virgin swaps with Singapore

Find out the latest news from Australia’s airlines.

Airline update

In a frequent flyer first, Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines have arranged a direct transfer of points.

Members of Virgin’s Velocity Frequent Flyer scheme can now transfer their points over to Singapore Airline’s KrisFlyer miles scheme at the rate of 1.35:1. Likewise, KrisFlyer miles can now become Velocity points at same rate.

While you need to have at least 5000 points or miles, there will be no fee to move points between the airlines. Status credits are not interchangeable, however, the scheme opens up the door on award bookings and flight upgrades across the Star Alliance.

Find out more at Australian Business Traveller 

NBN to take off

According to NBN Co chief Bill Morrow, the National Broadband Network (NBN) could provide inflight internet for domestic Qantas and Virgin Australia services next year.

With talks already underway, aircraft could tap into the signals provided by the NBN. While both airlines already operate on-board wifi for their entertainment services, the inflight internet could also be accessed by passengers on their laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Find out more at Australian Business Traveller.






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