Virgin Australia Velocity Changes Analysed

Love the updated Velocity Rewards Frequent Flyer Program unveiled Thursday by Virgin Australia. Already Qantas has responded with media advertisements promising exciting changes to their program. The competition in Australia is starting a new round.

I am currently a Gold flyer with Qantas and Virgin so my focus is on the Gold benefits. At the end of this post, I will paste a table comparing the two programs. Please let me know what I leave out.

The eight immediate features I like about Velocity Rewards:
  1. seemingly generous access to award seats
  2. Subject to space availability, Velocity Platinum and Gold members are welcome in the Virgin Australia lounge at any time, and do not require a boarding pass. This is a benefit Qantas took away from its Platinum fliers earlier in the year - and boy were we mad! 
  3. A family can pool all of your family member’s Points into one account as well as transferring points between family members
  4. If you have a baby, you can pause your membership for up to six months-thats impressive
  5. For every 100 status credits, you get a free lounge pass
  6. Guaranteed Reward Seats for an annual family trip for up to four return Reward Seats for an annual family trip to any Australian destination, for Gold while Platinum members can also international destinations.
  7. Gold and Platinum members can take up to two children under the age of 12 into the lounge with them.  (I wonder how many kids will now be screaming through lounges?)
  8. Free access to Sentinel who help you find lost keys etc
Getting and Keeping Gold Status
The first comparison between Gold Qantas and Gold Virgin for me is how easy it is to get and keep Gold status. You gain status based on the number of status credits you earn. Every eligible flight gets you status credits. The longer your flight the more status credits you get. The higher your class you reserved your booking with, the more status credits you get. So a Sydney to London flight in business class will get you way more points than a discount economy seat from Sydney to Melbourne.

GOLD
Qantas Virgin
Gaining Status-status Credits
700 500
Gaining Status-Sectors flown
4 4
Keeping Status-status Credits
600 400
Keeping Status-Sectors flown
4 4
Number of SYD-MEL Discount Y to keep
60 40
Number of MEL-AKL Discount Y to keep
30 20
Number of MEL-LAX Discount Economy to keep
13.33 10
Number of MEL-LAX Premium to keep
6.67 3.3



To get Gold with Qantas requires 700 status credits whereas Virgin gives it to you with 500 status credits. Of course how many you earn at each airline is different. Still its easier to get and keep Gold at Virgin than it is at Qantas.

For me to keep Gold with Qantas at the lowest earning rate possible (eg the Sydney -Melbourne) flight would mean 60 flights in a year. Virgin will give you gold after 40 Syd-Mel flights.

Likewise flying Melbourne to Los Angeles in Premium Economy would need 7 flights a year with Qantas to keep my Gold whereas I only need  4 with Virgin (or 3 plus a few SYD-Mel trips!)




Comparing Qantas Gold and Virgin Gold


GOLD


Before Travel
Qantas Virgin

Priority Phone Service

YES YES

Upgrade Using Points

YES YES
Advanced Seat Selection
YES NO?

Seating Preferences

YES Coming soon
Secure Sentinel membership 
NO YES
At Airport
Qantas Virgin

Priority Check-in -Domestic

Premium Service Desks Priority Counters

Priority Check-in -International

Business Counters Business Counters

Priority Boarding – Domestic

NO YES

Priority Boarding – Intl

YES YES

Kerbside Check in

NO Sydney only

Lounge-Domestic

Qantas Club Virgin Lounge-anytime access

Lounge-International

One World Virgin. Etihad, Air NZ, Delta

Priority Screening Lane

Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney Domestic Airports Melbourne and Brisbane Domestic Airports

Fly Ahead

NO YES
Priority Waitlist
YES NO
Airport Upgrade
YES NO

Baggage allowance-Domestic

1 piece (maximum 32kg) Economy; 2 pieces (maximum 32kg each) Business Allowance of 32kg
Baggage Allowance-USA
3 pieces: (maximum 23kg per piece) Economy/Premium Economy and 32kg per piece) Business/First 3 pieces: (maximum 23kg per piece) Economy and 3 pieces 32kg per piece) Premium Economy/Business
Baggage Allowance-Inernational
32kg (70lb) in Economy/Premium Economy; 64kg (140lb) in Business/First 33kg ) in Economy/ 42kg in Premium Economy/Business/

Priority Waitlist (coming soon)


YES
Arrival
Qantas Virgin

Priority Baggage

YES coming soon

Complimentary Elite membership with IHG?s Priority Club® Rewards or Hilton HHonors?

NO YES

Complimentary Elite membership with Europcar Privileges Program or Hertz #1 Club

NO YES
International airline partners
Qantas Virgin


One World Sapphire Virgin. Etihad, Air NZ
FAMILY BENEFITS
Qantas Virgin

Guaranteed Reward Seats for an annual family trip

NO YES

Family Points and Status Credit Pooling

NO Coming soon

Membership pause for Parental Leave

NO Coming soon

Complimentary lounge pass for each 100 Status Credits earned

NO Coming soon
STATUS BENEFITS
Qantas Virgin
Points bonus- on Carrier
75.00% 75.00%

Points bonus -Air Partners

? 50% Etihad
Points Bonus- Hotels/Car rental
NO 75.00%

Personalised Baggage Tags

YES YES
Loyalty Bonus
8,000 points for every 500 Status Credits earned in a single membership year a free lounge pass for every 100 Status Credits

Enhanced by Zemanta
12 Responses
  1. Anonymous Says:

    whoah this weblog is fantastic i love studying your articles.

    Stay up the great work! You understand, a lot of individuals are searching round for this information, you
    could aid them greatly.

    My blog; christianafire.org


  2. Anonymous Says:

    Howdy! Someone in my Facebook group shared this website with us so
    I came to look it over. I'm definitely loving the information. I'm book-marking
    and will be tweeting this to my followers! Superb blog and fantastic design and style.



    Also visit my blog post; akribos


  3. Anonymous Says:

    Hi, this weekend is fastidious for me, because this occasion
    i am reading this wonderful informative post here at my home.



    My blog post - xiglute.com


  4. Anonymous Says:

    My coder is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliked the idea because of the costs. But he's tryiong none the less. I've been using WordPress on various websites for about a
    year and am anxious about switching to another platform.
    I have heard fantastic things about blogengine.
    net. Is there a way I can import all my wordpress content into it?

    Any help would be really appreciated!

    my website; mens stuhrling original watches


  5. Anonymous Says:

    Your method of telling all in this post is in fact fastidious,
    every one be capable of easily be aware of it, Thanks a lot.


    Feel free to visit my webpage; womens armitron watches


  6. Anonymous Says:

    We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.
    Your website offered us with valuable information to
    work on. You have done a formidable job and our whole community will be
    grateful to you.

    Feel free to surf to my site - seo Services


  7. Anonymous Says:

    My family every time say that I am wasting my time here at net, except
    I know I am getting experience everyday by reading such pleasant articles or reviews.


    Feel free to visit my site :: akribos xxiv for women


  8. Anonymous Says:

    It's an awesome article in favor of all the online people; they will take benefit from it I am sure.

    Also visit my weblog :: men's armitron
    watches


  9. Anonymous Says:

    I seldom drop responses, but i did some searching and wound up here "Virgin Australia Velocity Changes Analysed".
    And I actually do have some questions for you if it's allright. Is it just me or does it appear like some of the responses come across like they are coming from brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are posting at other places, I would like to keep up with everything new you have to post. Could you list of all of all your social sites like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

    Here is my blog post ... watches for men


  10. Anonymous Says:

    Please let me know if you're looking for a author for your blog. You have some really great articles and I believe I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I'd love to write some articles for your blog in exchange
    for a link back to mine. Please send me an email if interested.
    Cheers!

    Also visit my website Stuhrling original watches for women


  11. Anonymous Says:

    What's up, I read your new stuff like every week. Your writing style is witty, keep up the good work!

    my site - Watches for sale


  12. Semen Rendi Says:

    Find the latest used and new cars for sale.
    Great used car deals and prices.
    More here www.postallads4free.com


Post a Comment