Member since 25 Feb 2013
Total posts 18
Hi Brains Trust,
I have just started with a new employer, and they have a corporate deal with VA. To the extent that QF doesn't even show up in flight searches.
I have been QF Platinum for 8 years, achieved by a lot of discount economy flying, and 3-4 overseas trips per year.
Thanks in advance.
Also, I have no status with VA.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 06 Nov 2014
Total posts 158
To answer your question:
Member since 05 May 2016
Total posts 299
If you've been QF Platinum for 8 years you're going to be at least around the ~10k LTSC mark. Considering 14k LTSC gets LTG if you don't already have that you may wish to get that from some personal travel or at least make some progress towards it whilst you still have Platinum or Gold status.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 14 Mar 2017
Total posts 150
Just don't bother crediting anything to Airpoints unless you have to. It's earn and redemption rates are terrible.
I'm about 12.8k SC's. So it was about 12 months until LTG. We even tried to get our QF Account Manager to comp it, but no luck there.
Air New Zealand - Airpoints
Member since 31 Oct 2016
Total posts 204
Definitely keep an eye out for a status match promo to help you with a leg-up into Virgin,
Originally Posted by MRYJDrake
As mentioned above, there's a Pilot Gold program you can apply for, I'll post the link below (as it'll need to be approved), but it can be found by googling "Virgin Australia Pilot Gold"
Thanks for your comments everyone. It's appreciated.
Member since 12 Aug 2017
Total posts 31
Hello. Newbie here... what do the abbreviations mean?
LTSC? LTG? 14k?
This post seems to be in secret code!
Life Time Status Credits
Life Time Gold
14,000 (status credits for Lifetime Gold)
Member since 22 Nov 2017
Total posts 8
It surely can't hurt to contact VA to see if they'd offer a status match (or challenge). Check http://statusmatcher.com/airlines for others' experiences. I'm about to be transferred to Bangkok for work and am platinum with Velocity; have reached out to a few different carriers about trying to get a Star Alliance status match and they are receptive (even to Gold is better than nothing).
While SQ might be useful for overseas flying, personally it pays to have your Gold or Platinum status with Velocity itself if you're doing a lot of domestic flying. Platinum flyers can select Economy X seats free, and you're generally better looked after (priority on upgrade bids) for the day-to-day.
Travelling abroad as a VA FF, I've used Etihad and SQ. Treatment is a mixed bag - platinum definitely offers better lounge access in some places (e.g. SIN and AUH). Some EY flights the staff will personally greet you and offer you first choice in meals as a gold/platinum FF, even in economy, which is a nice touch. IIRC Delta also allows you to be included in their free domestic upgrade standby queue (I've not used it though but imagine you'd be lower than DL FFs in the queue). Overall, for overseas travel it'd really depend what part of the world you're travelling to, as VA's virtual network is not at the same level as Star Alliance or Oneworld.
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