Real benefit - Velocity Gold vs Velocity Platinum Membership.

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AnthonyvB

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards Plantium

Member since 19 Jun 2013

Total posts 82

Real benefit - Velocity Gold vs Velocity Platinum Membership. Hi all… I am about to reach Velocity Platinum membership (just waiting on one flight to be credited to my account). Just looking at the real benefits of Platinum and all I can really see is

* 4 free domestic business class upgrades (but only on a flexi fare)

* 100% mileage bonus (instead of 75% with Gold)

* Some better lounge access (but not much for me as I fly either to Singapore or USA)

What I am thinking is I might be better off once I re-qualify for Gold each year to utilise Family Pooling and give all my status points (and miles) to my wife so she can reach Gold. She does not travel much with me for work however we do overseas holidays every year.

I would be very interested in hearing from anyone who has Platinum membership if you find it worthwhile.

Hugo

Member since 12 Jun 2013

Total posts 216

The additional benefits aren't huge, it's true, compared to the benefits of QF platinum. Though if you're flying to the US and back on VA you should be aware that platinum will get you into the first class side of the LAX lounge, for what that's worth (never been there myself, I hear it's a bit better but nothing amazing).

The additional mileage bonus does add up.

Getting row 3 instead of row 7 on domestic flights is nice.

Oh, plus you'll get automatic fancypants-grade membership with Hilton, which is pretty good if you stay at Hiltons.

If your wife isn't travelling independently of you, I'm not sure what benefits you'd derive from having two golds instead of one platinum. Unless there's something important I'm missing I think you're better off with the platinum, incremental though the benefits may be.

AnthonyvB

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards Plantium

Member since 19 Jun 2013

Total posts 82

Thanks for your detailed reply Hugo - Yes I did miss one important point.  Wife does travel every now and then to visit our daughter in Melbourne and we are also looking at options that if I am in the US or Singapore for a longer period of time she can come over to visit so having priority checkin, boarding, baggage, lounge would be nice for her.  Trying to live by the motto, Happy Wife Happy Life :) 

obanpointer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 08 Jun 2014

Total posts 308

one advantage of 2 golds is being able to take your wife and 2 kids into business lounge. As a platinum the wife and least preferred child have to sit in starbucks whilst you lap up the luxury ( esp on overseas flights with the shared air new zealand lounge), as only 1 guest allowed

Hugo

Member since 12 Jun 2013

Total posts 216

>one advantage of 2 golds is being able to take your wife and 2 kids into business lounge

Now apparently you and I have different definitions of "advantage"...

jaredw

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 13 Jan 2014

Total posts 57

Correct lounge is nothing special. Some better champagne and some average food but nothing like the qantas first class lounge. 

riley

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 19 Mar 2014

Total posts 358

I've looked extensively at this in deciding weather to push from gold to platinum or divest points to my partner to get gold or chase gold in another program.

I think having two golds in the family is more vauable, purely for the fact that my partner is old fashioned and likes to arrive at the airport much earlier than me. If we're travelling on a Friday afternoon and heading in from work, she can wait inside the lounge!

Platinum would be benefifical if you have a family as many of the partner lounges offer 3 guests instead of 1.

AnthonyvB

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards Plantium

Member since 19 Jun 2013

Total posts 82

Thanks Riley - I agree...  Even my response direct to Felocity hinted that way.

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