Up to 100,000 bonus Velocity Points - American Express® Westpac Altitude Black Bundle
Enjoy up to 100,000 bonus Velocity Points when you apply for the two-card bundle, are approved and meet the minimum spend of $4k on Mastercard and $3k on AMEX - Westpac Altitude Black Mastercard and the American Express Westpac Altitude Black Card. T&Cs apply. New cards only. Click here to apply. Offer ends 31st March 2020. Find out more. Click here to apply.
This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel.
Silver status in Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program serves up a few handy benefits that can save you time on the road, yet is the easiest elite status to achieve for Aussie business travellers.
In return for their loyalty, Silver members earn 50% more points on eligible flights, enjoy priority check-in when heading abroad and receive a boosted baggage allowance on most flights.
How to earn Virgin Australia Silver frequent flyer status
Earning a mere 250 status credits in a 12-month period is enough to land you a Velocity Silver card, provided that at least two of your flights were taken on a Virgin Australia VA flight number.
In the years that follow, you’ll need only 200 status credits and the same two ‘eligible sectors’ with VA to keep your Silver tier – making Velocity Silver easier to retain than Silver status in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.
Points and status credits are earned when flying with Virgin Australia, plus most of its partner airlines including Delta, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and SilkAir.
If your travel is mostly domestic, seven return trips from Sydney to either Melbourne or Brisbane on Elevate economy fares get you over the line for Silver status in the first year, as would three return business class journeys between the same cities.
International travel makes Velocity Silver a walk in the park – one business class roundtrip from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Singapore would almost do the trick, with a single return Sydney-Melbourne economy flight on top taking you to 250 status credits.
Lounge access for Virgin Australia Velocity Silver members
Silver frequent flyers can visit Virgin Australia’s domestic lounges twice each year, after which they can purchase a discounted lounge membership for access whenever they travel with the airline.
That’s just $300 for Silver-level flyers with no joining fee – a saving of $450 in the first year and $120 per year thereafter over what a base-level Velocity Red member would pay.
Unlike Velocity Gold and Platinum, Velocity Silver comes with no lounge access on Virgin’s raft of partner airlines itself, although paid-up lounge members enjoy reciprocal access to Air New Zealand’s lounge when crossing the Tasman and domestically in New Zealand.
Checked baggage allowance for Virgin Australia Velocity Silver
On domestic and short Virgin Australia international flights, Silver members can bring an extra 23kg bag on economy fares for no extra charge, although there's no extra boost for the business class allowance.
Longer flights such as to Los Angeles and Hong Kong give Silvers the same baggage allowance as Gold-grade travellers – one extra bag whether you’re up the front or stuck down the back.
Some of VA’s international partners also afford Silvers a slightly higher baggage allowance, including Etihad and Delta.
Bonus points and perks for Virgin Australia Velocity Silver
Virgin Australia and Virgin Samoa flights come with 50% more Velocity points for Silver guests, as do journeys booked with a VA flight number but taken on other carriers such as Delta and Singapore Airlines.
You’ll also earn 50% more points on the ground with partners such as Hertz, Europcar and Thrifty for car hire, plus 25% more points on Etihad flights with an EY flight number.
Delta’s Comfort+ seats can also be selected for free within 24 hours of departure, giving you more room to stretch out and free alcoholic drinks – a handy perk on Delta’s longer flights such as from Sydney to Los Angeles and then onwards to New York.
Additionally, Silver guests can use priority check-in when flying internationally with Virgin Australia and with Capital Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, Delta, Virgin Atlantic and South African Airways – although on Virgin Australia domestic flights, you’ll need to join the back of the queue.
Etihad, Delta and Virgin America also give Velocity Silver flyers access to the priority boarding lane: a perk not offered by Virgin Australia to its own Silver members.
More Velocity Silver perks
Silver members receive priority phone support over and above non-members and those with base-level membership, which means less time spent waiting in the queue when using points to upgrade to business class or when changing or cancelling flights.
You’ll also be able to sit slightly further forward than Red members on Virgin Australia flight, although the extra-legroom emergency exit rows still come at a fee.
Finally, Silver frequent flyers stuck at the airport on standby have a higher chance of getting a boarding pass than other travellers, which could mean the difference between being home in time for dinner or arriving after your children have already gone to bed.
More AusBT 'unofficial' status guides
- Virgin Australia Velocity Platinum
- Virgin Australia Velocity Gold
- Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum
- Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold
- Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver
Follow Australian Business Traveller on Twitter: we're @AusBT