Travel is an essential part of doing business. It creates a deeper personal connection, building trust, and adding a handshake to every important deal. So why not get rewarded for something you’re doing anyway?
That’s where Virgin Australia’s newly-minted Business Flyer program comes in, offering tangible benefits and rewards from day one.
Discounts of up to 6% off Virgin’s already-competitive airfares, Velocity Pilot Gold memberships, and points for your business and your team every time you or they fly are just a few of its glittering perks.
As an added limited-time bonus, if you sign up with your ABN and jet off between now and 31 July 2022, you can receive double Velocity points for your business on every eligible flight.
But how does Virgin Australia Business Flyer work and, more importantly, how can you make it work for you? Here’s everything you need to know.
What is Virgin Australia Business Flyer?
Virgin Australia Business Flyer is a fresh take on the airline’s previous Accelerate business travel program, now with Rewards: a value-add which allows small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) which spend up to $300,000 a year with the airline to unlock exclusive benefits, from discounted airfares to lounge access and now the ability to earn Velocity Points for your business too.
Designed to sit alongside the brilliant Velocity Frequent Flyer program and supercharge your earning potential, Virgin Australia Business Flyer is free to join, with no ongoing membership fees or minimum spend.
The benefits of becoming a Virgin Australia Business Flyer
Virgin Australia Business Flyer offers exceptional value for money, with fares up to 70% cheaper** than other airlines and no upfront cost, plus an array of premium benefits designed to help you travel smarter, not harder.
As a member you can:
Earn Points: Every time you fly, your business will earn Velocity Points, in addition the Points and Status Credits earned by individual flyers. That means you effectively get to double-dip – fast tracking your ability to upgrade flights and book Reward Seats using Velocity Points.
Save Money: Receive discounted Virgin Australia Lounge memberships, and savings of up to 6% on already-low domestic and international airfares when you book via the Virgin Australia Business Booking Portal.
Redeem Points: Use Velocity Points earned to book and upgrade flights, or give them to your team members by transferring points from your business account to their personal Velocity Frequent Flyer account. Points can then be redeemed with Virgin Australia and its holiday partners, as well as on online shopping.
Fast-track to Velocity Gold: Velocity Gold is a highly prized tier of the program. Why? Because it’s where many of the key benefits, such as lounge access, priority boarding and the ability to Fly Ahead, are unlocked.
Simply spend $2000 within the first three months with Business Flyer and you’ll receive two Velocity Pilot Gold memberships for your team. All they have to do is take one eligible flight and earn at least 80 Status Credits in the first three months of the membership year to keep it.
Enjoy Priority Benefits: Time is precious. So you can focus on more important things, you’ll receive dedicated account management and the ability to manage your company’s travels in one convenient place.
As if that wasn’t enough, there are also member-only offers throughout the year.
How to fly through the membership tiers
There are three membership tiers in Virgin Australia Business Flyer. However, unlike competitor reward programs, which can be hard to navigate and are often quite confusing, these are progressed through spend with the airline.
It’s a simple and easy-to-understand system. The more you spend, the faster you will be rewarded. And each time you jump up a tier, you’ll unlock an assortment of additional perks including bonus points for every $1 you spend.
Tier 1 – Spend $0 to $9,999: This entry-level tier allows you to enjoy up to 6% off select domestic and short international airfares when flying on Virgin Australia, as well as discounted lounge memberships and two Velocity Pilot Gold memberships when you spend $2,000 within the first three months.
Your business also earns 1 Velocity Point per $1 spent on flights, while the you or your employee (whoever is the traveller) earns 5 Velocity Frequent Flyer Points per $1 spent as well as Status Credits – a double-dip.
Tier 2 – Spend $10,000 to $49,999: Expanding on the benefits of the first step on the ladder, Tier 2 allows members to earn 1.5 points for every $1 spent, plus additional exclusive benefits that only members of the tier currently know about.
Tier 3 – Spend more than $50,000: Like double reward points? That’s one of the lofty Tier 3 perks: 2 points for every $1 spent. You’ll also receive additional rewards when you make your way up to this tier’s lofty heights.
Why Business Flyer is a game changer for your business
If you’re serious about taking your business to the next level, Virgin Australia Business Flyer is the way to do it. It offers incredible value – with discounted airfares, double-dipping on points, the ability to unlock Pilot Gold Membership and more – and it’s free to join!
Plus, you get to enjoy the airlines’ exceptional customer service, a premium-level feature Virgin Australia is renowned for, but without the premium price tag to match.
For SMEs on the move, Virgin Australia Business Flyer is the supercharge to get you there.
**Based on a comparison of all domestic Business Class fares available on 19 November 2019 and 26 March 2022. By way of example, those fares on the following routes have been reduced by around 60% (both directions): Perth-Hobart, Brisbane-Melbourne, Brisbane-Mackay, and Sydney-Darwin.