The carrier is offering Qantas Frequent Flyer members with Gold status or above a Velocity Discover Gold Status trial Membership. Virgin Australia is also offering ongoing rewards and thousands of bonus points for new bookings.
On Monday (December 7, 2020), Virgin Australia announced lucrative new offers for new and existing Velocity Frequent Flyer members. The airline is inviting Qantas Frequent Flyer members with Gold status and above a Velocity Discover Gold Status trial membership. Existing members will also enjoy ongoing rewards and thousands of bonus points when booking flights and Velocity Gold and Platinum members have been granted a one year status extension. To qualify for a three month Velocity Discover Gold status trial, Qantas Gold status members and above must simply fill out a short expression of interest form by December 21, 2020. The complimentary trial membership includes lounge access, priority boarding, preferential seating, higher checked bag allowances and lucrative bonus points when booking or flying with Virgin Australia. To retain Velocity Gold status for 12 months, trial members are only required to take one eligible flight and earn 80 status credits during the three-month trial period. Status credits can also be maximized by taking advantage of Velocity’s family pooling benefit. In Monday’s announcement on the expanded Velocity benefits, Virgin Australia Group’s CEO, Jayne Hrdlicka, said,
“Virgin Australia was the first airline in Australia to bring genuine competition to the domestic market, and that competitive spirit is in our DNA, so we’re happy to offer a more compelling loyalty offer than what is currently in market. Travellers are longing for fun and friendly service, consistent on-time performance, an exceptional safety record and value when they travel, and these are the things that Virgin Australia is so well-known for and why people choose to travel with us over our competitors. We’re pleased to welcome Qantas members to Velocity who are interested in taking advantage of cheaper fares, award-winning cabin crew, and great rewards for ongoing loyalty. We look forward to welcoming them onboard this summer season.
“In true Virgin Australia spirit, we’ll continue to bring competition across the domestic, loyalty, regional and cargo sectors. We know we have a compelling offer for business and leisure travellers who are emerging from COVID-19 with less discretionary spend, but who still want lounges, preferential seating, priority boarding, checked baggage, and all the comforts a mid-market carrier can offer their guests without the price tag. Importantly, we know we can offer something no one else can, and that’s our fabulous people, who deliver our service with a smile no matter what seat number is on your ticket.
“With less flying this year we know it’s been difficult for our most loyal Velocity members to keep their status and so we’ll continue to reward their loyalty by offering another Status extension and generous rewards when they fly with us. We want to thank them for the support during the year, and now that borders are reopening and we’re doing more flying, we can’t wait to see them in the skies soon. This is just a sign of things to come, and that the good news will keep coming from Virgin Australia.”
As previously mentioned, existing Velocity Gold and Platinum members will receive up to a one-year status extension or until March 31, 2022, if they take one eligible flight before March 28, 2021. Velocity Gold and Platinum members who take two eligible flights by March 28, 2021 will also receive 5,000 bonus points. By taking three or more eligible flights during the same period, Velocity Gold members will receive Economy X upgrades, while Velocity Platinum members will receive Business Class upgrades. Additional information on Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer loyalty program are detailed below.
Today’s announcement follows confirmation that Virgin Australia’s Melbourne and Sydney lounges will reopen on December 15th, while the carrier’s Gold Coast, Perth and Adelaide lounges will open in early 2021. Virgin Australia’s Brisbane lounge reopened last month.
Source: Virgin Australia