Virgin Australia is slashing the baggage allowance for its Velocity frequent flyers on flights to Los Angeles.
From June 11 2019, Velocity members holding Silver, Gold or Platinum status and booked into premium economy on Virgin's Boeing 777 Los Angeles flights will see their checked luggage allowance cut from three 32kg bags to three bags of just 23kg each, representing an overall reduction of 27kg.
Premium economy passengers at the entry-level Velocity Red tier, or lacking any frequent flyer status at all, will have their checked luggage allocation trimmed from two 32kg bags to two 23kg bags, as 23kg replaces 32kg as the across-the-board per-bag baseline for premium economy.
There's no change to checked baggage limits in business class, with a baseline of two 32kg bags for Velocity Red cardholders and non-Velocity members, and three 32kg bags if there's a Velocity Silver, Gold or Platinum card tucked into your travel wallet.
Travel booked and ticketed prior to June 11 2019 will still see the current baggage allowance applied.
In related Velocity Frequent Flyer news, speculation that Virgin's loyalty arm could be sold off is gaining momentum following reports that the airline and Velocity part-owner Affinity Equity Partners have each enlisted , investment bankers to help oversee a sale.
The Australian Financial Review reports that Affinity, which acquired a 35% stake in Velocity in 2014, "is keen to exit in full provided it can get a deal at the right price and terms."
However, "industry sources said (Virgin Australia) wants to keep control of its frequent flyer program, given Velocity's importance to the wider business."