Virgin Australia is “matching” Qantas’ recent status match offer, launching a new Velocity “Discover Gold” offer. In addition to Qantas Gold, Platinum & Platinum One frequent flyers, this offer is now available to Oneworld, Emirates, Air New Zealand and Fiji Airways frequent flyers. This offer now expires on 4 January 2021 (extended from 21 December 2020).
To be eligible for the Virgin Australia Discover Gold status match, you would need to have the equivalent of Velocity Gold status with an eligible airline. This means you would need to have at least Qantas Gold, Emirates Skywards Gold, Air New Zealand Airpoints Gold or Oneworld Sapphire status. Fiji Airways Tabua Club Plus status is also eligible for this Velocity status match.
Eligible frequent flyers who take advantage of Virgin Australia’s Discover Gold offer will receive complimentary Velocity Gold status for 3 months. This comes with benefits including lounge access, priority boarding, bonus Velocity points, additional baggage allowance and Fly Ahead when flying with Virgin Australia.
To earn full Velocity Gold status for a further 12 months, you would need to earn at least 80 status credits and take at least 1 eligible Virgin Australia flight within the 90-day Discover Gold trial period.
If you complete this challenge, you’ll also be able to gift Velocity Gold status to a friend or family member for 12 months. And even if you don’t complete the challenge, you’ll still get 12 months of Velocity Silver status after the 90-day trial period ends.
If you would like to apply for this Velocity Gold status match, you can register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form on the Velocity Frequent Flyer website.
When requesting a match, you’ll be asked to nominate a start date for your 90-day Velocity Discover Gold period. This must be at least 7 days in the future, up to 4 January 2021.
You’ll need to include a colour photo of your current frequent flyer membership card with your application. Velocity has not specified what to do if, like most Qantas Frequent Flyer members, you haven’t received a membership card in the mail this year (Qantas stopped mailing out physical membership kits including cards earlier this year). In this case, our suggestion would be to attach a copy of your digital membership card and/or Qantas account activity statements.
Unlike Qantas, Virgin is not asking for any other proof of your existing membership with the competing airline when you apply for this status match.
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