Virgin Australia passengers can now upgrade from economy to business class using their Velocity frequent flyer points from a wider variety of fares on most international flights, such as between Australia and New Zealand, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Indonesia.
Under the airline’s newly-introduced fare structure, upgrades on these routes are now possible from the mid-range Go Plus and Getaway fares, in addition to the most flexible Freedom tickets.
On trans-Tasman flights such as Sydney to Auckland, 16,000 Velocity points could now get you upgraded from Go Plus and Getaway bookings, while travellers splurging for a flexible fare can continue to upgrade for a lower 9,900 Velocity points.
That’s also how many points you’ll need for an upgrade between Australia and both Fiji and the Solomon Islands, such as to Nadi and Honiara.
Longer flights such as Sydney-Denpasar (Bali, Indonesia) require more points to upgrade – instead billed at 24,000 Velocity points from Go Plus and Getaway fares, with upgrades for passengers on flexible (Freedom) fares still pegged at 14,900 Velocity points.
Previously, only the most flexible international bookings were eligible for points-based upgrades, with everybody else stuck down the back.
However, upgrades to business class and premium economy on Virgin Australia’s longest flights to Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi continue to be available only to Velocity Gold and Platinum frequent flyers – and even then, only when travelling on a flexible economy or premium economy ticket.
There’s no change to upgrade rules or rates on Virgin Australia domestic flights, while flight upgrades on partner airlines such as Air New Zealand, Etihad and Singapore Airlines remain unavailable to Velocity members.
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