About Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways is a leading African airline and Kenya’s national carrier. Kenya Airways takes pride in being at the forefront of connecting Africa to the world and the world to Africa through its hub at the ultra-modern Terminal 1A at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. It has invested in modernizing operations through acquisition of modern aircraft, including the B787-8 Dreamliner and the new generation B737-800. The on-board service is renowned and the lie-flat Business Class seat on the wide-body aircraft is consistently voted among the world’s top 10.

Find more about Kenya Airways and SkyTeam benefits available to Kenya Airways Asante Rewards members

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Mutually rewarding benefits


Flying Club members can enjoy various perks when flying with SkyTeam airlines like earning Virgin Points. SkyTeam airlines also offer SkyPriority services to Flying Club Gold members and anyone flying in First Class or Business Class.

Flying with Kenya Airways contributes to your Flying Club status, so you can progress through the tiers faster, unlocking more benefits along the way. The number of Tier Points earned depends on the cabin, booking class and distance you fly.

Tier Points earned for flights marketed by Kenya Airways with a flight number starting with KQ

Cabin Flight distance under 2,000 miles Flight distance 2,000 miles and over
Business 30 75
Economy 10 25

Tier Points earned for flights marketed by Virgin Atlantic and operated by Kenya Airways, with a flight number starting with VS

Cabin Booking Class Flight distance under 2,000 miles Flight distance 2,000 miles and over
Upper Class J, C, D, I 40 200
Z 20 100
Economy Y, B, R, L, U, M 10 50
E, Q, X, N, O 5 25

Flying with Kenya Airways will earn you Virgin Points, which you can redeem on Virgin Atlantic or any other SkyTeam member airline. You'll earn a percentage of the miles you have flown depending on the cabin and booking class you are flying in.

Virgin Points earned for flights marketed and operated by Kenya Airways, with a flight number starting with KQ

Cabin Booking class Virgin Points earned
Business J, C 200%
Business I, D 150%
Business Z 100%
Economy Y, B 125%
M, U, K, H 100%
Economy L, Q, T, E, N 75%
Economy V, R, G, W 50%

Virgin Points bonus for Silver and Gold members

If you’re a Flying Club Silver or Gold member you’ll earn bonus Virgin Points whenever you fly with Virgin Atlantic or any SkyTeam member airline. This tier bonus is in addition to the standard Virgin Points you’ll earn based on the distance and cabin you fly, boosting your balance to bring your closer to your next reward.

Red Silver Gold
Standard Virgin Points 30% bonus 60% bonus

Spend your Virgin Points on Kenya Airways Reward Flights. The number of points required depends on the cabin you fly and the distance of the route. All you need to pay for are the taxes, fees and carrier-imposed surcharges. ​

Virgin Points required for a one-way flight

Flight distance (miles) Economy Business
0 - 500 5,500 14,500
501 - 1,001 7,000 15,500
1,001 - 1,500 10,000 21,500
1,501 - 2,500 11,500 35,000
2,501 - 3,000 15,500 40,000
3,001 - 4,000 20,500 60,000
4,001 - 5,000 25,500 75,000
5,001 - 6,000 31,000 85,000
6,001 - 7,000 37,000 100,000
7,001 - 12,000 50,000 140,000

If you're booking a Reward Flight for an infant under two at the time of travel, who will be travelling on your lap, you'll need the following points (one-way):

Cabin Virgin points required
Economy 1,000
Business 5,000

Reward flights are subject to availability. Taxes, fees and carrier-imposed surcharges apply

Flying Club Gold members can enjoy complimentary access to 750+ Lounges Worldwide | SkyTeam lounges when flying internationally in any cabin.


Flying Club Red and Silver members can access Skyteam member airline lounges when flying in Business or First Class with a SkyTeam member airline.


Kenya Airlines have lounges across in Nairobi


Access is on the day of travel when flying on or connecting to or from an international flight operated by a SkyTeam carrier. Simply present your boarding pass at the lounge.


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Destinations we can connect you to


One of Africa's leading airlines, our partnership with Kenya Airways allows us to connect you with an extensive list of African countries, as well as long haul services to Europe and Asia. 

You can connect with Virgin Atlantic via Johannesburg, Lagos, Mumbai and New Delhi.

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Earning Virgin Points & Tier Points

To earn Virgin Points and Tier Points on Kenya Airways flights, add your Flying Club membership number in your booking whether you book via Kenya Airways or a third party.

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Spending Virgin Points

To spend Virgin Points on Kenya Airways flights, book direct with Virgin Atlantic. Select ‘show price in points’ when you search.


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Already booked and want to earn points?

If you have already booked, you can still add your Flying Club number to your booking before you fly and earn points. If your flight number starts with VS, you can add you Flying Club number via Virgin Atlantic Manage My Booking. If your flight number does not start with VS, head to the airline’s frequent flyer programme and add your Flying Club number to your booking.

Earning Points:


  • If you are a member of both Flying Club and a partner programme, points can only be accrued to one frequent flyer programme and cannot be transferred between airlines.


  • Points accrual begins from the effective date of partnership between Virgin Atlantic and partner airlines, and any flights taken prior to the effective date are not eligible for accrual.


  • Points may be earned on Kenya Airways marketed/operated flights (flight number starts with KQ) and points will be issued to Flying Club members when travelling in the classes listed.


  • If you fly on an on Kenya Airways operated flight marketed by any other SkyTeam member airline (including Virgin Atlantic), you will earn as per the marketing airline.


  • Points will not be earned for travel in any other class not listed above


  • No points are earned on Reward Flights with partner airlines.


  • Points accrual rates and Terms and Conditions are subject to change at any time without prior notice according to partner airline’s policy and circumstances.


  • Partner airlines’ codeshare flights may not be eligible for mileage accrual depending on the actual operating airline.  Points are not applicable on a SkyTeam marketed flight operated by an airline not within the SkyTeam alliance


  • Additional points will not be earned for bookings that are subsequently upgraded to a higher class whereby an additional fare difference is paid.


Spending Points:

  • All mileage levels are excluding passenger taxes, duties, fees, charges and surcharges.

  • Blackout dates may apply.


  • Reward seats are subject to availability. 


  • If a journey requires a connecting flight or stopover to reach the destination, points are charged for each sector.


  • Bookings must be made at least 48hrs before departure. Points must be redeemed from one account. 


Full partner terms and conditions

Missing Points:

When claiming points please keep all copies of your original tickets/e-tickets and boarding passes until the correct amount of points appear on your account. If the points do not show on your account within six weeks, please contact us to claim them back.