Virgin Australia is boosting the number of Velocity Points earned on Ola rides to and from the airport, with bonus points dished out to Velocity Frequent Flyer members according to their Silver, Gold or Platinum status.
The move is a riposte to Qantas' decision to scrap its own status-based points bonus on Uber airport rides in December 2019, when the airline and the ride-share colossus rejigged their relationship for the launch of the Uber Rewards loyalty scheme.
The baseline remains at 1 Velocity Point per $1 spent on every Ola ride, which doubles to 2 Velocity Points per $1 spent on airport rides if you hold entry-level Velocity Red status. But with higher frequent flyer status comes a higher earn rate:
- Silver members will earn 3 points per $1 spent on airport rides
- Gold members will earn 3.5 points per $1 spent on airport rides
- Platinum members will earn 4 points per $1 spent on airport rides
To help turn its frequent flyers into frequent Ola riders, Virgin will tip 1,000 Velocity points into your account following your first Ola ride (through until 30 June 2020), provided you've linked you Velocity account in the Ola app, with a 30% discount on Ola rides – capped at a maximum of $10 – in the following two weeks just to keep things sweet
While Qantas Frequent Flyers can still earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent with Uber on airport rides, the scrapped status bonus system delivered 2 points per $1 if you had Qantas Silver status and 3 points per $1 for Gold, Platinum and Platinum One status.
The partnership between Qantas and Uber now includes the option to earn 200 Qantas Points as a 'reward package' when you earn 750 Uber Rewards points through Uber rides or Uber Eats meal deliveries anywhere in the world.