It seems that the frequent flyer partnership between Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia doesn't quite go the whole distance.
SQ's KrisFlyer members can earn KrisFlyer Miles when travelling on Virgin Australia flights but not the 'Elite Miles' status credits which catapult you to KrisFlyer Silver and Gold status.
The later is especially useful because it comes with higher luggage allowance and equates to Star Alliance Gold, delivering extra privileges on Star Alliance airlines including Air New Zealand, United, Asiana and Lufthansa.
But if you were counting on a few Virgin Australia flights to help earn and keep KrisFlyer status, check the fine print in your Singapore Airlines statement, which states "KrisFlyer members cannot earn Elite Miles when travelling on Virgin Australia flights."
A Singapore Airlines spokeswoman confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that "KrisFlyer status credits/Elite Miles cannot be earned by KrisFlyer members travelling on Virgin Australia flights."
Virgin Australia is a little more generous, allowing Velocity frequent flyers to earn points and status credits on SQ flights.
Likewise, Qantas lets you earn status credits on flights with all oneworld partners such as American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair and JAL.
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