Earning a side of Velocity Points for your airport commute will soon be a thing of the past as Virgin Australia’s partnership with rideshare platform Ola comes to an end later this month.
A statement on the Velocity website notes the partnership officially ceases on May 28, though “Members who were eligible for points made on Ola rides prior to the 28 May 2023 will receive their Velocity Points in accordance with the offer Terms and Conditions.”
Velocity’s tie-up with Ola has been in play since 2019 and acted in a similar fashion to that of rival Qantas and its Uber partnership, whereby Qantas Frequent Flyers earn Points on rides to and from select Australian airports.
When it debuted, members were able to earn one point for every $1 spent on daily rides and a double helping on those to and from eligible airports, mostly in capital cities. It was later expanded to deliver additional status-based points for higher tier frequent flyers.
However, despite an enticing double helping of Velocity Points up for grabs, it wasn’t always smooth to use, with the service often criticised by members as unreliable with limited cars outside Sydney and Melbourne.
With the loss of Ola, Velocity is currently without a rideshare partner. However, Executive Traveller can confirm the airline is assessing alternate options, noting it wants to provide a service that delivers genuine value for its members.