Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer members will no longer be able to earn Velocity points on hotel stays with Jumeirah International; Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces; Meritus Hotels and Resorts; and Hotel Urban Group from September 2017.
That means no more Velocity points at some of the world’s most iconic hotels, including Jumeirah’s Burj Al Arab in Dubai (below) and Taj’s Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai. Singapore’s Mandarin Orchard and Marina Mandarin hotels – and Sydney and Brisbane’s Hotel Urban properties – will also be axed from the Velocity program.
Jumeirah International will depart Velocity first, with no points awarded on stays completed after September 7 2017. Stays prior to this date will continue to earn one Velocity point per US$1 spent.
Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces and Meritus Hotels and Resorts follow one week later on September 15 2017 – awarding a fixed 1,000 Velocity points per eligible stay until that date.
Hotel Urban Group is also exiting as of September 15 2017, bringing an end to earning three Velocity points per $1 spent on eligible room rates.
Virgin Australia Velocity remains a frequent flyer partner to other major hotel chains including Accor, Hilton, InterContinental, Shangri-La and Starwood, among others, with these partnerships continuing unaffected.