Virgin unveils Velocity Platinum frequent flyer level

By danwarne, August 25 2011
Virgin unveils Velocity Platinum frequent flyer level

Virgin Australia is launching the first stage of its new Velocity frequent flyer program today, including the long-awaited platinum level.

Velocity Platinum members will be able to get:

  • Guaranteed reward seats for international travel
  • Free cabin class upgrades
  • Priority treatment with Virgin Australia and its international network of airline partners including access to some of the world’s best lounges and priority check-in, boarding and baggage
  • Platinum membership with car hire and accommodation partners
  • 100% points bonus on spend with Virgin Australia group of airlines and many of our travel partners
  • Ability to earn Gold or Platinum membership for a companion

Velocity members will need to earn 1,000 status credits to attain Platinum level and 800 to retain it in subsequent years.

See our earlier story on how Virgin's assessment of Velocity status levels works -- members are assessed on a daily basis, rather than only once a year.

If you're wondering what sort of flying you'd have to do to jump Velocity Platinum's 1,000 status credit hurdle, check out our earlier article, the fastest path to gold and platinum: Qantas Frequent Flyer vs Velocity Rewards.

How the levels compare

  Earning and redeeming points Member Silver Gold Platinum
  Earn Velocity Frequent Flyer Points
  Redeem Velocity Frequent Flyer Points
NEW Redeem Velocity Frequent Flyer Points for Any Seat on any airline
NEW Velocity Frequent Flyer Points bonus on Virgin Australia flights  
NEW Velocity Frequent Flyer Points bonus when using our Travel Partners  
  Travel benefits        
NEW Seating Preferences (coming soon)
NEW Upgrade Using Points
NEW Priority Phone Service  
NEW Complimentary Fare Upgrades      
NEW Priority Economy Seat Purchase      
  Priority Check-in  
  Priority Boarding    
  Virgin Australia lounge  
NEW Access to over 150 lounges globally    
  Complimentary Baggage Allowance  
  Sydney Lounge Premium Entry and Premium Valet    
  Priority Screening Lane at Melbourne Domestic Airport    
NEW Priority Waitlist (coming soon)    
NEW Fly Ahead    
  Status benefits with our international airline partners  
NEW Priority Baggage (coming soon)    
NEW Complimentary Elite membership: lHG's PriorityClub Rewards or Hilton Hhonors    
NEW Complimentary Elite membership: Europcar Privileges Program or Hertz #1 Club    
  Family benefits        
NEW Family Points and Status Credit Pooling (coming soon)
NEW Membership pause for Parental Leave (coming soon)  
NEW Complimentary lounge pass for each 100 Status Credits earned (coming soon)
  Guaranteed Reward Seats for an annual family trip    
  Companion Gold membership and Platinum membership      
  Additional benefits        
  Member-only promotions
  Exclusive Credit Card Offers
  Personalised Baggage Tags  
NEW Complimentary membership with Secure Sentinel’    

12 Jul 2011

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I have to say that this looks spectacular. The IHG Priority Club hook-up and the Hertz elite status that goes along with this is really attractive. But I suppose if you travel that often you'd have this anyway. They deserve a round of applause, they've obviously really tried to offer a product that can match the Qantas offering. Definitely signing up for the status match.

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