This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel.
Virgin Australia’s Velocity Gold frequent flyer tier offers more than just lounge access and priority queuing at the airport, with benefits also covering your hotel stays, car hires and more.
We’ve assembled four of the best perks that come with Velocity Gold which you’ll want to take advantage of right away.
Virgin Australia Premium Entry
Forget merely joining a faster line to get through airport security: Virgin Australia Premium Entry in Sydney and Brisbane gives you a dedicated and completely private entrance to the domestic terminals.
From there, you’ll glide through an also-private security screening point before emerging in the Virgin Australia lounge, without for a moment setting foot in the ‘public’ area of the terminal.
Premium Entry is available in Sydney seven days a week from 45 minutes prior to the first flight of the day until the last flight is called for boarding, while in Brisbane it’s available from 4:30am until the last flight boards, Monday to Friday (closed on weekends).
’Fly Ahead’, your ticket to an earlier flight
Flown out for a meeting but finished up earlier than expected? Not to worry – with ‘Fly Ahead’, your ticket just got flexible.
Simply head to the service desk in any Virgin Australia lounge with your frequent flyer card or boarding pass and ask what’s available. You’ll be moved forward at no charge, as long as there are seats available and you're not travelling on the cheapest Getaway fare (all other fares including reward bookings are fine).
The big drawback: full catering isn’t guaranteed on your new flight, so if you booked a business class ticket to have dinner on the way home but jump onto something earlier, you might need to settle for just a snack or drink.
Upgrade on flights to Los Angeles, Hong Kong
As with all Velocity members, your hard-earned frequent flyer points can net a reward flight in premium economy, or even business class – yet on Virgin Australia’s flights to Los Angeles and Hong Kong, upgrading using your points is a benefit kept only for Velocity Gold and Platinum members.
It’s a great perk for business travellers whose companies will only expense premium economy tickets, or even just regular economy, as you can earn points on your business trips and then boost that long journey once you’ve booked and paid for a ticket that keeps your employer happy.
Guests with a paid premium economy ticket can also upgrade to business class for either 25,000 or 45,000 Velocity points, depending on their fare type, with upgrades either locked in when requested or waitlisted for processing closer to departure.
If flying to Hong Kong, then 27,500 points is all you need to swap your Freedom fare for a business class seat on the Airbus A330.
Elite status with hotels, car hire companies
Beyond the airport, you can now enjoy privileges like free breakfast and room upgrades at hotels like Conrad, Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton by requesting a Hilton HHonors Gold card, or more basic benefits like priority check-in and a free newspaper via IHG Rewards Club Gold Elite.
There’s also a choice between Europcar Privilege Executive and Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Five Star for similar benefits of car category upgrades and express car collection: another chance to jump the queues and get you on your way.
Just choose wisely – even if you renew your Velocity Gold status in future years, you’ll only get one chance to pick your preferred hotel and car hire memberships, which are usually valid for just one year.
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