Member since 15 Mar 2017
Total posts 18
Dear Brains trust.
Given the recent announcement on job cuts at VA should I view this as the canary in the coal mine (Ansett anyone?) and go after a status challenge with QF. I have maintained my VA platinum for this year with 7 months to go.
Admittedly I prefer flying SQ and EY internationally to Europe and Asia over OW/EK.
Member since 06 Jun 2017
Total posts 24
I'm considering it. I fly VA a lot, so much so that I retained Platinum with 10 months left to go this time (so 800+ credits in 2 months). The fact that there is no lifetime status is highly making me consider the change, the latest announcement doesn't help. I've also actually flown CX instead of VA/SQ on my last 3 Asian return trips this year and built up some status.
Just this past weekend though has put a sour taste in my mouth with VA. I usually fly by myself (or with someone who is also VA Platinum) and rarely use the Platinum only benefits (extra lounge guests, never used the free upgrades, the Hilton/Hertz status, etc), the only benefit I really get from Platinum is Economy X for free. I had a work trip from MEL-BNE last weekend and decided to fly a friend with me so I booked her flights with my points. As this was a different booking there was no way to get us both in Row 3/4 even though the seats were unoccupied. I was told my only option was to cancel all flights and book as one itinerary, even though its not possible for me to book a paid and reward flight on the same itinerary! (correct me if I'm wrong but I couldn't find a way). So even though I'm Platinum, because they weren't booked together I couldn't use the one benefit I actually wanted to take advantage of. I realise it's no fault of the people I was talking to at VA, but little things like this are just annoying.
Sorry, I kind of went on a rant there. But to answer your question, I very well may change over. Platinum has proven to be useless at the time I wanted to use the one benefit (over Gold status) that I liked. Not only useless, it has left me annoyed.
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Member since 02 Sep 2018
Total posts 322
Virgin has been losing money for 7 years now, so this isn't real news. If what you are worried about is that they are actually going through a restructure, I think its just Scurrah doing his job and giving the company a new vision. I'd personally wait a year and see how they are doing. The only reason currently that I am sticking with Virgin is their family pooling feature which allows me to reach gold super easily whilst maintaining my Qantas status.
Member since 08 Nov 2018
Total posts 1
Originally Posted by jeppetto367
Originally Posted by Pjand
Member since 31 Jul 2017
Total posts 11
been in a similar situation my solution was to use pts for both one way then pay for both on the 2nd leg. - miss out on a few pts but opens up the fly ahead and economy x to both.
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