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COMPETITION: Virgin Expands Velocity To Include Qantas' Oneworld Partner Airlines

Virgin Australia is upping the game on its Velocity Frequent Flyer Discover Gold Status offer; extending it until 4 January 2021 and expanding it to include Qantas’ oneworld® partner airlines, Emirates, Fiji Airways and Air New Zealand

Virgin Australia is upping the game on its Velocity Frequent Flyer Discover Gold Status offer; extending it until 4 January 2021 and expanding it to include Qantas’ oneworld® partner airlines, Emirates, Fiji Airways and Air New Zealand

Virgin Australia has today raised the frequent flyer stakes even higher, expanding eligibility of its Velocity Discover Gold Status match offer to include eligible frequent flyer members of oneworld partner airlines, Emirates, Fiji Airways and Air New Zealand. 

Originally offered to Qantas Gold, Platinum and Platinum One members, the expanded eligibility follows an overwhelming number of requests from members of oneworld airline partners since the offer was first announced last week.

What’s going on?

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Thousands of Qantas members have decided to make the move and try Virgin Australia’s award-winning service. 

Eligible approved members who submit a short expression of interest form on the Velocity website, will receive a Velocity Discover Gold Status trial membership for three months, which offers complimentary Lounge access, priority boarding, preferential seating, higher checked baggage allowances, and lucrative bonus points when they book and fly with Virgin Australia. 

In a further win for eligible members, Virgin Australia has extended the offer end date to 4 January 2021, giving members an additional two weeks to apply, creating more opportunities for members to start reaping the benefits of flying with Virgin Australia as a Gold member. 

As part of the generous offer, eligible members can retain Velocity Gold status for 12-months and receive an additional benefit of Velocity Gold membership for their companion, once they take one eligible Virgin Australia flight and earn 80 status credits during their three-month Discover Gold Status trial period. Status Credits can also be maximised through Velocity’s unrivalled family pooling benefit, making it easier for members to retain their sought-after membership. 

Virgin Australia
Jane Hrdlicka, Virgin Australia CEO

Virgin Australia Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said she looked forward to welcoming more members to the Velocity Frequent Flyer program following an unprecedented level of enquiry from Qantas members wanting to join. 

“We’ve received thousands of applications from Qantas Frequent Flyer members wanting to take advantage of cheaper fares and award-winning service since announcing our Velocity status match offer last week and we look forward to welcoming them onboard. 

“Virgin Australia and Velocity have a fantastic reputation globally and we’ve received a very high number of enquiries from frequent flyer members of international airlines, so we’re pleased to expand the status match offer to include all 13 oneworld partner airlines, as well as eligible members from Emirates, Fiji Airways and Air New Zealand.”

Jayne Hrdlicka, Virgin Australia Group CEO

“With our lounges in Sydney and Melbourne reopening today and thousands of new members joining the Velocity Frequent Flyer program, Virgin Australia is flying high into a new era of travel. You can feel the excitement through our airports and our lounges from our people and our guests who are happy to be travelling again. 

“The good news just keeps on coming from Virgin Australia and this is a testament to that,” said Ms Hrdlicka. 

Gold and Platinum members

Melbourne Lounge

Velocity Frequent Flyer will continue to offer eligible Gold and Platinum members a status extension of up to one year or until 31 March 2022, if they take one eligible flight with Virgin Australia before 28 March 2021.

Velocity will also continue to reward Gold and Platinum members with 5,000 bonus points when they take two eligible flights with Virgin Australia by 28 March 2021.

Economy X upgrades will also be offered to Velocity Gold members, and Business Class upgrades to Velocity Platinum members when they take three or more eligible flights in the same period. 

Velocity Frequent Flyer members are an important part of the future of Virgin Australia and the expanded Discover Gold Status offer comes as the airline prepares to reopen its Melbourne and Sydney lounges today. 

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