Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 27 Jan 2017
Total posts 37
I am currently a gold velocity member and due to the timing of my annual holiday I will qualify for platinum this year (both holidays will be on my account at the same time because this year I'm going a few weeks earlier). My question to everyone is I can't see many benefits to platinum over gold apart from the bonus points (for me anyway).
Member since 26 Feb 2016
Total posts 38
Your VA Platinum membership downgrades to Gold even if you have earned no credits for a year. This, plus family pooling, makes the cost of maintaining Platinum + Gold the same as Gold + Gold.
Also, Platinum has lounge access at LAX, but Gold only has vouchers (but it may be not a bad thing, since US$40 can buy pretty much stuff, and VA will make it $80 if you're with a company).
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 07 Feb 2015
Total posts 141
My business partner has Plat and I'm Gold. He reckons apart from the two benefits you mentioned already (extra points and 4xfree upgrades), he doesn't feel he's ever been treated differently to me when flying VA and all the partner airlines. He hardly ever uses the free upgrade since full economy fare is too expensive to justify the upgrade. The hotel and hire car status match only last a year so unless you can maintain it, doesn't make much difference anyway. With regard to LAX lounge access, it's a temporary thing with the voucher for Golds, once VA moves to T2/3 with Delta, Both Plat and Gold will have access to Delta lounge.
Member since 25 Jul 2013
Total posts 30
Access to the Etihad First Class Lounge in Abu Dhabi is one perk of the Platinum card. It is a fantastic lounge to spend time in.
Member since 21 Mar 2017
Total posts 1
You have better seat selection options in domestic economy when Platinum.
Member since 27 Jan 2016
Total posts 2
Access to pre-selection of front row economy seats (i.e. row 3) for domestic flights is a great platinum perk.
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