Virgin Australia Velocity members travelling with Delta Air Lines will soon earn more Velocity frequent flyer points on most business class, first class and Delta One fares, but could wind up with fewer points on the less-expensive tickets.
Currently, all fares at the pointy end earn a flat 1.5 Velocity Points per mile flown, while economy ranges from 1.25 Velocity Points on the higher-priced tickets through to 0.5 Velocity Points in the cheapest seats.
From June 1 2015, most passengers up the front will collect a more generous two Velocity Points per mile, or 1.75 Velocity Points on a slightly more affordable fare. But if you’re flying on the most discounted business class, first class or Delta One fares, that’s reduced to 1.25 Velocity Points per mile.
On a return Delta journey from Sydney to New York via Los Angeles, today’s haul of 29,910 Velocity Points would rise to an impressive 39,880 points on most fares, 34,895 points on A-class tickets, or would decrease to 24,925 points on G and Z-type tickets.
Back in economy the most expensive Y, B and M fares are reduced from 1.25 to 1 point per mile: delivering 19,940 Velocity Points on that return New York trip against the 24,925 points offered today.
Tickets belonging to the Q and K ‘fare buckets’ are also affected, halving in earn from one to 0.5 Velocity Points per mile, or from 19,940 Velocity Points to 9,970 points on the same routes.
Passengers travelling with Delta but booked on a Virgin Australia VA flight number (codeshare) aren’t affected by these changes and continue to earn frequent flyer points and status credits at the Virgin Australia rates.
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