Virgin Atlantic Airways

Virgin Atlantic is the UK’s second largest long-haul airline. We have a codeshare relationship with Virgin Atlantic on their flights between San Francisco and London Heathrow.

Type of partnership: Codeshare and frequent flyer agreement

The Air New Zealand flight numbers operated by Virgin Atlantic are:

  • NZ4162 and NZ4164 San Francisco to London
  • NZ4161 and NZ4163 London to San Francisco

Airpoints members can earn Airpoints Dollars on Virgin Atlantic flights when booked with a flight number beginning with VS (Virgin Atlantic) or NZ.

For earning rates, check the partner airline flights tab of our Airpoints calculator.

Eligible Business Class: D, C, I, J, Z
Eligible Full Economy: H, K, R, S, W, Y
Eligible Discount Economy: B, E, L, M, N, O, Q, U, V, X

Booking classes not mentioned are not eligible for accrual.

Virgin Atlantic's Business/First Class is called Upper Class. If you're travelling in Upper Class you'll earn Airpoints Dollars equivalent to the Business Class rate. If you're travelling in Premium Economy class you'll earn Airpoints Dollars equivalent to the Full Economy rate.

Status Points are not able to be earned on Virgin Atlantic operated flights, including Air New Zealand codeshare flight numbers.

Airpoints members can spend Airpoints Dollars on Virgin Atlantic flights by purchasing reward tickets through our contact centre. If the flight has an NZ flight number you can also book it online using Airpoints Dollars.

Lounge access

Airpoints Gold and Elite members, plus one guest, may access Virgin Atlantic lounges at London Heathrow and San Francisco when departing on a booking with an NZ flight number operated by Virgin Atlantic.

When travelling on Virgin Atlantic operated flights the Virgin Atlantic lounge must be used (for example, the Star Alliance lounge in London Heathrow cannot be accessed when travelling on Virgin Atlantic).

Other benefits

Elite and Gold members when travelling on an NZ flight number operated by Virgin Atlantic will also enjoy:

  • Priority check-in
  • Priority baggage
  • An extra additional checked baggage allowance (one piece up to 23kg)

There are no benefits available for Elite Partner members travelling on Virgin Atlantic flights.

There are no benefits available for Koru members travelling on Virgin Atlantic flights.