Starting October 1st, the American Express Delta Airlines “SkyMiles” program will include Virgin Atlantic Airways, offering “SkyMiles” members the opportunity to earn and redeem miles for flights on Virgin Atlantic. To launch the partnership, Delta will award “SkyMiles” members double miles for traveling on Virgin Atlantic from Oct. 1st through Dec. 15th. Delta will also become a member of the “flying club”, Virgin Atlantic’s frequent flyer program, effective Oct. 1st. “flying club” members will receive double miles on select Delta routes during the launch period. Virgin Atlantic offers three classes of service: Economy, Premium Economy and Upper Class. SkyMiles members will earn a minimum of 500 miles or the actual miles flown, whichever is greater, for each Economy Class flight. SkyMiles members will earn a 15% mileage bonus for travel in Premium Economy Class and a 25% bonus for travel in Upper Class. Virgin recently announced it was joining the American Express “International Airline Program.” AmEx dumped British Airways for Virgin this year. For more information: www.delta.com or www.virgin.com.