When Delta acquired a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic, lots of change was expected — such as reciprocal lounge benefits, and reciprocal mileage earn and burn.
Virgin Atlantic’s silver status isn’t the most rewarding, but it will provide some priority benefits when flying Delta in the very near future.
And though I don’t expect this offer to last, you can sign up for Virgin Atlantic’s program at the silver level.
Generally this should provide priority airport services, and I have to imagine that Delta will wind up waiving checked baggage fees for Virgin silvers.
Of course this will usually require entering your Virgin Atlantic frequent flyer number into your reservation. I suppose my strategy — assuming I didn’t want to collect Virgin miles — would be to leave the number in the reservation until check-in (and until bags are checked, if applicable) and then have the number changed to the frequent flyer account I preferred to accumulate miles with such as Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan.