Executive Traveller exclusive
Virgin Australia is set to offer another status extension to its Velocity frequent flyers, and this one could run through to at least 2023.
The move comes as Qantas announced a 'status support package' will will keep its own frequent flyers covered as far as mid-2023, and follows Virgin's previous two status extensions.
The first of these was a blanket extension to all Velocity Silver, Gold and Platinum frequent flyers, which locked in their tier level until 30 September 2021.
The second, which applied only to Gold and Platinum card-holders, saw their shiny status preserved for up to 18 months – as far out as September 2022 – provided they booked a Virgin Australia flight by 28 March 2021 for travel on any date to 22 February 2022.
Now there's a third Velocity status extension in the wings: one which will let members keep enjoying their perks until at least 2023 – and Virgin going a step further into the 2024 calendar year can't be ruled out.
Executive Traveller understands this new Velocity status extension will be announced within weeks, and will also encompass Velocity Points and Status Credits.
Approached by Executive Traveller for comment, a Virgin Australia Group spokesman said "with more travel opportunities on the horizon as vaccination rates increase, we’re looking at more ways we can incentivise our members to book while protecting the member benefits they've earned."
"Velocity Frequent Flyer is committed to the more than 10 million members who have joined the program and we've shown that many times throughout the pandemic with status tier extensions on top of bonus Points and Status Credits."
"We know loyalty works both ways and we're here for our members during these challenging times."
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