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Virgin America adds two new partner airlines

San Francisco-based Virgin America Airways said it has added one new domestic code-sharing and frequent flyer partner, and one more international interline partner.

The domestic partner is Hawaiian Airlines. Effective immediately, members of Virgin's Elevate frequent flyer program can redeem points on any Hawaiian Airlines flight, and Hawaiian's HawaiianMiles participants can do likewise on Virgin's network. It's the first time an airline that is not a corporate affiliate of Virgin America has become part of the Elevate program; the only other ones are Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.

Travelers can now book seamless connections between Virgin America and Hawaiian, since the latter carrier has put its two-letter code onto Virgin flights serving Boston, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, Washington Dulles, New York JFK, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle and San Francisco. Customers who book connections—which they can do through Hawaiian's web site, its call center, or a travel agent&mdashwill benefit from single ticketing, one-stop check-in and automatic bag transfers.

Meanwhile, Virgin America has added Air China as its newest interline partner. The deal allows travelers to book a single ticket for Virgin America-Air China connecting travel between the U.S. and Beijing via San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York JFK, with one-stop check-in and automatic baggage transfers. Bookings can be made through major global distribution systems or through Air China's U.S. call center at 800-882-8122. The Chinese carrier has daily service from New York and San Francisco to Beijing, and twice-daily service from LAX to Beijing, all with 777-300ERs.

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