Virgin Australia offers Qantas status match to Velocity Gold

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By David Flynn, December 7 2020
Virgin Australia offers Qantas status match to Velocity Gold

There's a pitched battle being fought for the nation's frequent flyers, with duelling status match promotions from both Qantas and Virgin Australia.

Qantas fired the first shot with its Qantas Status Fast Track offer, aimed at Virgin Australia and 15 other airlines (including Air New Zealand, Etihad Airways and Singapore Airlines) and running until December 18 2020.

Virgin Australia has now responded with its own Velocity Discover Gold status match, launched today and open until December 21.

Update: the promotion has been extended to January 4, 2021 and now also includes all Oneworld member airlines along with Emirates, Air New Zealand and Fiji Airways. Click here for more details.

In common with the Qantas Status Fast Track, the Velocity Discover Gold promotion dangles a year of Gold status as the bait for this switch, beginning with a 90-day trial period during which you must make at least one Virgin Australia single flight and earn at least 80 status credits.

Those status credits can be earned on the ground through retail partners and also via Velocity's Family Pooling option, which lets several members of a family share their status credits and frequent flyer points.

Virgin's Velocity Gold status match is open only to Qantas Frequent Flyer members holding Gold, Platinum or Platinum One status, who need to complete an online Expression of Interest form and submit a copy of their current Qantas Gold, Platinum or Platinum One status card.

One extra perk of Virgin's Gold status match is it also includes Companion Gold membership, through which a full year of Velocity Gold can be gifted to any other Velocity member.

“Virgin Australia was the first airline in Australia to bring genuine competition to the domestic market, and that competitive spirit is in our DNA, so we’re happy to offer a more compelling loyalty offer than what is currently in market,” says Virgin Australia Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka in announcing the me-too status match.

Click here for full details on Virgin's Velocity Discover Gold status match.

For its own frequent flyers, Virgin is also rolling out a status extension of up to one year or until March 31, 2022 for "eligible Gold and Platinum members".

This requires them to take just one eligible flight with Virgin Australia before 28 March 2021.

Also read: Virgin Australia status match for Oneworld, Emirates, Air New Zealand

Earn as many as 100,000 Velocity Points from a single credit card application in our roundup of Australia's top Velocity credit card offers.

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

QF

11 Jul 2014

Total posts 598

Good to see VA stepping up showing there hand,  about time, I think everyone will be surprised if they keep this up. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Apr 2017

Total posts 128

They're not showing much. People who take up the offer are getting Virgin at their worst - lounges are still in the process of being reopened and the product in both cabins is at a bare minimum. They'd have done much better to wait until they had a final product to show off.

I have status on both, but if I was going from Qantas to Virgin at this time , it would basically reinforce my decision to give business to Qantas. Short-sighted move from Virgin IMO, might boost revenue in the short term over 3 months but I doubt it will convince many to switch.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

06 Mar 2015

Total posts 230

Let's hope VA keep this going but WHY would any regular Business Class Passenger even consider flying VA right now given the current appalling meal or lack thereof provided. Wouldn't it be better to wait and see if and when they provide details of their " new Business Class "  to take up the " Status match offer and then travel with them?  

Not much of an incentive ATM, Status is worthless if the product is below standard which it seems to be at this time. Hopefully it will improve but sadly not soon enough for most Xmas travellers.

If I could change my upcoming Business Class flight I would wait but Xmas with relatives cannot wait so it's off to Perth from Brisbane next week.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Aug 2013

Total posts 229

Rod H - we get your dissapointment about Virgin Business class meals as stated across several articles you have commented on.  Seriously Qantas meals are made and frozen 3 months prior and probably costs $20 in your overall Business Ticket. But there is more to flying Business Class then a meal.

There is more emphasis on comfort, priority service etc. What it comes down to is price also - especially if flying on a B737 there is not much difference in the product. If VA is considerably cheaper then I couldn't care about a meal. It's probably worth pointing out that lead up to Christmas week - not one QF A330 on Per to Mel route, only one flying Per to Syd and nil on Per to Bne. So the product is very similar in the B738 yet I'm looking at price differences for business seating in excess of $1k. 

With VA it is only temporary as well - they only came out of admin last month - takes time to lock in new contracts etc so for now is what it is and still the anount of people and businesses flying is nowhere near what it was so I think there's really only a handful that care about the food offering. By Q1 next year it will be sorted and one would expect more substantial offering. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Aug 2013

Total posts 229

Heres a scenario for you Rod - VA Business $999 Per to Mel , QF $2500. Same morning departure on a B738. VA 8 seats, Qantas 12 seats. 

I'd bet you'd still fly Virgin when it came down to it after all the complaining and comments about the "pathetic virgin business class" you quoted elsewhere. 

If money's not an issue then the fact that I'd still be getting ripped off would make it unpalatable for me to fly QF or VA.

In saying that - I'm off to HBA on QF next week only caus they had Business award availability :)

Sorry but VA these days is a disjointed mess. I was a VA plat 2 years ago and switched to QF and haven't looked back. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

15 May 2019

Total posts 28

Such an excellent idea. At first I dismissed the idea of a Virgin Gold status match as a Qantas Platinum but then I remembered that being Qantas Platinum doesn’t count for anything anymore with Qantas Clubs in Melbourne and Canberra closed and the business lounges in both those cities starting to feel like overcrowded Qantas Clubs. The only business lounge that is open is Sydney which needed a refurb 10 years ago.  It would be dumb not to take this offer up, especially if you’re still travelling heaps. COVID hasn’t affected my travel all so I’ll easily retain platinum, I won’t be able to fly overseas to make P1 and I am already lifetime gold and lifetime platinum is a joke - why give away dead status credits to Qantas? Also makes heaps of sense when there’s infrequent and inconvenient flights on a lot of routes and Qantas is consistently cancelling flights and flowing back pax on the Syd-Mel pair. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Jan 2014

Total posts 307

So there will be some QF flyers in the VA lounges and some VA flyers in the QF lounges, hopefully it should even out the load. 

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

06 Mar 2015

Total posts 230

Dan22

So you reckon the " snack box " is quite adequate to service on a 5 hour flight to Business Class Passengers?

Have a look at what a recent flyer posted about the Snack Box and then tell me that's quite OK .  https://ibb.co/5hRbVKF

VA may be much cheaper than QF but surely VA could provide a better quality of food , even sandwiches from the lounge would be better than this.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Aug 2013

Total posts 229

They will once their new contracts are sorted and business plans finalised. They had to get through Admin first before locking in anything new - this couldn't have been done in the lead up which some people like to suggest. This is just an interim offering. For $1000+ difference I'd take the same seat and all bells and whistles incl a snack box and just eat a decent cooked to order meal beforehand.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Apr 2017

Total posts 128

They should have sorted out the onboard product before offering the status match though, much more likely to permanently convert people.

09 Aug 2015

Total posts 75

I agree, VA is not going to be showing its best right now, so this really looks like a reactive knee-jerk response to the Qantas status match. Virgin would have been smarter to wait until it was all sorted in terms of the new business class, the lounges all open, the new mid-market 'value' pricing in place and then done the status match.

17 Jun 2020

Total posts 227

Even on Sydney-Perth, when Virgin is $999 and Qantas is $3772 one way, a snack box is adequate given the price point.

$2773 can get a decent enough meal before and after the flight if needed. 

Even at VA's current price point, people are paying a huge premium to fly in J rather than Y. They do that so they can have an improved experience on board. If they wanted to save money to spend before and after their flight, they wouldn't be flying J in the first place.

People typically want to eat a meal duringlong-ish flights, and that is a very basic part of any business class product that I have ever experienced anywhere in the world. 

You could apply your logic to every aspect of a business class offering. E.g. "who needs a lounge when for $x you can go to a restaurant"; "who needs a lie flat bed on a long haul flight when for $x you can sleep in a nice hotel before and after the flight", and so on. If you take that argument to its logical conclusion, you end up flying in economy, on the cheapest fare you can find. 

05 Mar 2015

Total posts 247

The partner Gold is a really nice enticement and a smart way for Virgin to effectively double their number of Gold frequent flyers and people who because of that might be more prepared to fly with Virgin instead of Qantas in the near future. Yes it will increase patronage at the lounges but the lounges won't be anywhere near as crowded as they used to be for the short term anyway due to reduced travel thanks to COVID-19.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

06 Mar 2015

Total posts 230

KW72.

I don't know where you got the $3772 price from as the QF web site just now was $2550.

You are quite correct in that the fare difference buys a very nice meal . What bugs me is that the flight from BNE-PER is over 5 hours and given the over 1 hr required for check in time there's not much chance to have a good feed prior to the flight that would last for the seven hrs  between meals so I guess it's BYO food for the time being until they get this sorted out. 

It's a sad state of affairs when one has to bring ones own food on a Business Class flight albeit temporarily or so Bain & co. hint.

The onboard service was so good , fabulous food and enjoyable before VA went into Administration.

One can only hope  that out of the ashes " Phoenix rises again " in the form of a good VA Business Class Product.

17 Jun 2020

Total posts 227

Look any day before Christmas and most if not all flights are at $3772 one way. For a similar seat to Virgin (B737). Qantas better be serving endangered seafood and vintage champagne at that much of a premium. 

NKD
NKD

07 Dec 2020

Total posts 1

Glad to see Virgin is starting to make an effort towards keeping its customers loyal.

Still, will need to see a bit more than this.

It's a big pond and lots on offer.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

06 Mar 2015

Total posts 230

KW72

Still at a loss as to your fare quotes.

Just did 3 different dates :

QF  SYD- PER    20th  Dec $2557

QF  SYD-PER     22nd Dec $2557

QF SYD-PER      24th  Dec $2557

1D
1D

06 Apr 2020

Total posts 2

Hi ET community 👋🏻,

Recently accepting the Qantas Status Fast Track & commencing this month, I wanted to see if anyone could shed some light on a few things which I'm sure others would benefit from the answer too.

Basically since Qantas aren't offering a fast track or their previously offered ‘200 SCs to gold, 400 to platinum' I'm trying to figure out how many SCs are required after obtaining gold as part of the fast track programme.

In a nutshell:

>> If you ‘achieve' gold status by earning 100 status credits, does this equate to the regular ‘700', therefore only requiring an additional 700 SCs to reach the 1,400 required for platinum? 

Or...

>> If you ‘achieve' gold with 100 SCs, does this only equate to 100 SCs towards platinum, therefore requiring an additional 1,400 to reach platinum

Thanks in advance to anyone who may know the answer or has already asked! (It's unclear from the T&Cs)

👍🏻


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