A few months ago I wrote a blog article how you could get mileage credit for Delta Airline flights when you get next to nothing Delta SkyMiles for your Delta-ticketed flights. When you fly Delta using deeply discounted economy fare, you will get only a little Delta SkyMiles because Delta uses revenue based mileage earning. But when you use your Virgin Atlantic frequent flyer miles in your Delta reservation, you will get 25 to 50% of the actual miles flown as a mileage credit in your Virgin Atlantic frequent flyer account.
No Virgin Atlantic Miles for Delta Code Share Flight On Air France
Last month my family had a reservation made through Delta Airlines for travel to India, but they flew the entire journey through Air France a Sky Team alliance/codeshare partner of Delta Airlines. My family members provided their Virgin Atlantic frequent flyer numbers in the Delta reservation for getting mileage credit for the Delta flight.
Delta Airlines has a separate codeshare agreement with Virgin Atlantic airlines which is not part of the Skyteam alliance and Air France a SkyTeam alliance partner has no codeshare agreement Virgin Atlantic airlines.
After my family completed their trip no mileage credit was given to them by Virgin Atlantic. We Virgin Atlantic through email by sending the boarding passes for getting the miles credited to frequent flyer account; they told us since we used a codeshare flight to fly a Delta-ticketed reservation no mileage credit will be given.
The email from Virgin Atlantic came as a surprise to me as I got a mileage credit for Alaska Airlines when I flew the codeshare airlines British Airways ticketed as American Airlines.
Read this blog article when you will get a mileage credit for codeshare airlines and when you will not get a mileage credit for codeshare flights.
What is a Code Share Flight
Not every airline flies to every destination in the world when an airline does not fly to a particular destination they enter into an alliance with another airline called codeshare.
For example, United Airlines does not fly from Dallas to Frankfurt, but you can purchase a ticket from United airlines for flying from Dallas to Frankfurt, and the ticket will have code “UA” as if you are flying in the United Airlines. But actually, you will be flying through Lufthansa a code share and Star Alliance partner of United. In other words, you pay and get your ticket through one airline, but you will be flying to your destination on an another airline.
Delta Code Share with Virgin Atlantic
Delta Airlines has a separate codeshare agreement with Virgin Atlantic airlines. Delta airline is a member of Sky Team alliance whereas Virgin Atlantic is not a member of any alliance. Even though Virgin Atlantic is not a member of the Sky Team alliance Delta has a separate codeshare partnership Virgin Atlantic airlines as well as with various other airlines.
Delta Code Share with Air France SkyTeam Alliance Partner
Delta airline is a member of Sky Team alliance along with Air France and other airlines. By being a member of the Sky Team alliance Delta and Air France are codeshare partner airlines. You can have a Delta Airline ticket and fly on Air France as if you are flying on Delta Airlines. Last month my family went to India by purchasing a ticket on Delta Airlines, but they flew in Air France.
How Many Miles for One Earn for Delta Ticket
Delta Airlines is the first big three carrier in the USA to move to revenue-based mileage earning, instead of mileage credit based on distance flown the mileage will be credit based on the amount of money you spend for purchasing the ticket. If you have no status with Delta, you will earn 5x times the amount of money spent to as high as 11x times the amount of money spent if you have a diamond medallion status.
|Delta SkyMiles Status||Miles Per Dollar Spent|
You will get miles only for the base fare and not for taxes and any other surcharges. For example, if the ticket price is $850 and the base fare is $250, you will get only 1,250 Delta SkyMiles assuming you do not have any status with Delta Airlines.
If you buy a deeply discounted ticket for travel to Mumbai, India for $850, you will earn 1,370 SkyMiles assuming the base fare is $274 if you have no status with Delta Airlines and 3,014 miles if you have diamond medallion status with Delta Airlines.
Delta Issued Ticket with Mileage Credit to Virgin Atlantic
If you buy a ticket through Delta Airlines and use Delta SkyMiles for crediting miles, you will earn only very few miles like the 1,370 SkyMiles for a Delta airline base fare for a ticket to India. But if you decided to credit the miles to codeshare partners you will earn more miles because the codeshare partner miles will be credited with distance flow instead of the ticket price.
If you purchase a deeply discounted ticket class of “V” or “X” through Delta for flying to India, by crediting the miles to partner airlines you can earn as high as 18,722 miles in Saudi Arabian airlines to as little as 2,340 miles in Air Europa. Which is way better than 1,370 miles you will earn if you credit the miles to Delta SkyMiles Program.
The below table from “WheretoCredit” website shows how many miles you will earn for a round trip from Houston to Bombay (Mumbai)
I wrote in my blog article why it is better to credit your Delta flight miles to Virgin Atlantic when you get next to nothing when you credit your miles to Delta SkyMiles program when flying on a Delta ticket.
From the above information, you can get 9,362 miles if you credit your Delta Airline flown miles to Virgin Atlantic compared to just 1,370 if you credit your miles to Delta SkyMiles program.
The Only Mileage Credit Possible for the Delta Code Share with Air France
Virgin Atlantic airlines do not have any codeshare agreement with Air France. The codeshare agreement between Delta and Virgin Atlantic states that the mile credit to Virgin Atlantic frequent flyer program is allowed only if the ticket is purchased through Delta and flown in a Delta Aircraft or ticket purchased through Delta and flown through the Virgin Atlantic airlines the codeshare partner of Delta Airlines.
If the ticket is purchased through Delta and flown through any other codeshare partner in our case Air France, you will not earn Virgin Atlantic miles.
After I received the email from Virgin Atlantic, I checked the Virgin Atlantic website which states the above condition for mileage earning.
In my condition the only way I could have received the miles if I have credited the miles to any other SkyTeam alliance partner or any codeshare partner that is common to Delta Airlines and Air France.
As per the “WheretoCredit,” my family could have earned miles in any of the following SkyTeam alliance member airlines provided they have used the frequent flyer number of the Sky Team member airlines instead of Virgin Atlantic Airlines.
If I have known this issue before my family trip to India, I would have considered crediting the miles to either Aero Mexico or Air France due to the fact all other airlines will expire miles within 2 or 3 years regardless of whether there is any mileage activity. But Aero Mexico and Air France extend your mile expiry date an additional 24 month provided you take at least one revenue earning flight before your mile expires.
Is all Code Share Travel Equal with No Mileage Credit
The codeshare agreement between Virgin Atlantic and Delta Airlines specifically exclude mileage credit to Virgin Atlantic is not available when you use Delta Airline ticket and travel in any Delta codeshare partner except for Virgin Atlantic Airlines.
Last year I went to Germany in British Airways, the American Airlines codeshare/alliance partner using a ticket purchased through American Airlines. I was able to credit my miles to Alaska Airlines for the trip I took to Germany.
The Alaska Airline is a codeshare partner with both American Airlines and British Airways, that could be the reason why I was able to receive Alaska Airlines mileage credit when I traveled in British Airways using American Airline ticket.
Most of the airlines prohibit crediting miles if you fly on a codeshare partner airlines. I would suggest you read the terms and conditions of the airline to which you want to credit your miles and find out whether it specifically exclude mileage earning for codeshare partner airline travel.
Possible Option for Mileage Credit When You Fly Code Share Airline
You can credit your mileage only to the airline which issues your ticket or the airline you are flying (code share) or any other codeshare partner available to both the airlines, in the case of Delta codeshare Sky Team alliance member airlines.
If you ticketed airline has an exclusive codeshare with another airline, and if you fly a codeshare airline, you cannot credit your miles to the exclusive codeshare partner airline.
|Ticketed Airline||Flying Airline||Mileage Credited Allowed Airline||Airline Code Share to Both airlines for Mileage Credit|
|A (Delta)||B (Air France)||A (Delta) or B (Air France)||Alliance Partners (SkyTeam) or common codeshare partner to both airlines.|
|A (Delta)||A (Delta)||A (Delta) or Any (Any Code Share airline partner example Virgin Atlantic)||Alliance Partners (Sky Team)|
Whenever you take a codeshare flight, always check the airline to which you are crediting the miles is part of the airline’s alliance program, or the airlines have a codeshare agreement with both ticketed and operated airlines for proper credit of frequent flyer miles.