Virgin Australia is set to add a travel money card, dubbed the Global Wallet, to its Velocity Frequent Flyer cards.
The move mirrors Qantas' forthcoming launch of Qantas Cash, which will potentially turn every Qantas Frequent Flyer Card into a smartchipped money card.
Developed in partnership with Visa Virgin Australia's Velocity Global Wallet "will launch in the coming months", the airline says, and support a range of international currencies as well as Aussie dollars.
Travellers will be able to withdraw funds from Visa-compatible ATMs in Australia and around the world, and earn Velocity Frequent Flyer Points for purchases made using their Global Wallet, both in Australia and overseas. The cards will also support the tap-and-go payWave technology.
The GlobalWallet will be rolled out in new-look Velocity membership cards to be issued later this year.
In the lead-up to the card’s launch, Virgin Australia is now inviting "existing eligible Velocity members" to request their free new membership card, although Global Wallet won't be activated by default – members will need to do so online.
"This new prepaid innovation encapsulates Velocity Frequent Flyer’s proposition as a multi-faceted program that pushes traditional boundaries" said Velocity Frequent Flyer CEO Neil Thompson.
“Not only will our cards be the access point to a range of Velocity benefits including seamless check-in, access to lounges and priority services, they will make spending in Australia and overseas an easier, more rewarding experience."
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