Will we ever see lifetime status for Virgin Australia Velocity?

36 replies

Stephen D

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 12 Nov 2017

Total posts 42

I have always preferred Virgin over QANTAS, but having been Velocity Platinum for a number of years, in some respects I regret choosing Virgin. By now I would have earned lifetime Silver with QANTAS and would have well on my way to lifetime Gold. Do you think that one day that Virgin may introduce lifetime status?

mviy

Member since 05 May 2016

Total posts 281

Maybe/maybe not. I wouldn’t hold my breath.

jeppetto367

Member since 06 Jun 2017

Total posts 26

Same situation here, definitely times I regret choosing VA, same with some of the other people at work here. Really hope VA will introduce it. If my flying increases to where I start achieving 2000+ credits a year (which it might be soon) I'll be moving straight to QF.

mviy

Member since 05 May 2016

Total posts 281

Some after achieving LifeTime Gold on QF then switch to flying VA to have status on both airlines.


The lack of LifeTime status on VA is one of the reasons I stick to flying QF.

mviy

Member since 05 May 2016

Total posts 281

If you’re thinking of moving to QF try to get a status match or a status challenge to fast track your way to status.

silentiger86

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 23 Dec 2017

Total posts 90

Totally agree, lifetime status is a reason I am sticking with QF for now.


Another thing to consider is the longevity of VA. To me, QF seems to be an airline which will likely stick around for a while, so definitely worth working hard to pursue lifetime with them.

mviy

Member since 05 May 2016

Total posts 281

Also worth noting that earn rates can be different on different airlines. There is a QF points & status credits calculator that would give you an indication as to how much you can expect to earn from your expected travel. Even then it's worth noting that some fare classes on OneWorld partner airlines may not be eligible to earn SC and EK marketed flights earn 0 SC. If a fair bit of your travel won't be on QF if you switch to QF that's something you'll need to pay a fair bit of attention to to make sure you will reach your goals.


50% bonus and Double SC promotions and status runs can help, but if you averaged say 2000 SC a year (which is a lot) it would take 7 years to get from 0 QF LTSC to 1400 LTSC to get LTG. That's a lot of travel.


I expect LTG will be several years away for me still unless QF adds a LTP (LifeTime Platinum) that entices me to up my rate of travel, but I suspect LTG will continue to be as good as LifeTime status gets on QF.

Last editedby mviy at Jul 26, 2018, 10:39 AM.

stmaus

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 20 Nov 2017

Total posts 35

No regrets! Think of the misery you will have put yourself through just to achieve QF LTG!

Mjudd

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 14 Dec 2016

Total posts 57

Velocity wont offer lifetime status, as they know their days are numbered. VA will be broke soon, just like every other Australian airline that has come up against Qantas.

Last editedby Mjudd at Jul 26, 2018, 11:33 AM.

gjspectre

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 21 Feb 2017

Total posts 20

What's the point of trying to acheive LT anything on virgin? As a Perth based flyer, I've just swapped to Qantas and done a stretch challenge to platinum and will never look back. Better aircraft on east-west routes, better alliance, and better lounges. Also one reason I liked VA was air NZ lounge access, which now Qantas has, the other reason was VA codeshare on Etihad from Perth into Europe, which will also go come October.


Fothamickelburg Banned

Member since 06 Mar 2017

Total posts 3

I have got lifetime Velocity Red status.

gjspectre

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 21 Feb 2017

Total posts 20

What about lifetime bronze on QF? Haha

Fothamickelburg Banned

Member since 06 Mar 2017

Total posts 3

What about lifetime bronze on QF? Haha

Not long to go until I qualify for that - my next PER - LHR J class trip should do it.

mcglynp

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 20 Jan 2016

Total posts 47

Lifetime status on Velocity would seem to be incompatible with family pooling. So while that is in place could not see them offering this.

Blake

Member since 03 May 2017

Total posts 39

didnt take long for this to turn into a Apple v Windows thread.

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