This deal takes advantage of cheap fares flying Hong Kong Airlines to and from the Gold Coast, with connecting flights on Virgin Australia.
You’ll get direct aisle access and a lie-flat seat, as well as the potential to earn a large amount of Velocity Points and Status Credits.
This deal is valid for travel from 14 October to 16 December 2017, and the sale ends on 21 September.
The flights to and from Hong Kong are serviced by Hong Kong Airlines’ Airbus A330s, which feature lie-flat Business Class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration (like on Iberia’s A330s):
and any connecting flights from Perth or Adelaide will be in Virgin Australia’s 737 Business Class:
Why is Velocity Gold status valuable?
When you have Gold status with Velocity, you will enjoy the following benefits on Virgin Australia and its partner airlines:
- Lounge access
- Premium Entry at Sydney and Brisbane Airports
- Extra baggage allowance (usually one extra checked bag)
- Use of Business Class check-in counters (even when flying Economy)
- Priority boarding
- Priority standby lists
- Expedited security and passport control lanes (at some airports)
- 75% bonus points when flying with Virgin Australia
- 50% bonus points when flying with Etihad
To obtain Gold membership, you need to earn 500 Status Credits and fly four eligible sectors (read: Virgin Australia-marketed flights) in a 12-month period. The itinerary below meets these criterion.
To maintain (or extend) Gold membership for another year, you need to earn 400 Status Credits and fly four eligible sectors within the first year.
Once you have Gold status with one frequent flyer program, you can status match to others.
The base fare is $1722 for Gold Coast to Hong Kong return. This itinerary should earn you 240 Velocity Status Credits, which is just under halfway to Velocity Gold.
The airline flies via Cairns on the way to Hong Kong but nonstop to Gold Coast on the way back. As such, travellers can join the flight in either Gold Coast or Cairns on the way there but must terminate travel in Gold Coast.
What about if I don’t live in Queensland?
For an extra $50 each way, travellers in Adelaide can fly Virgin Australia Business Class to connect in Gold Coast/Cairns. Adding a stopover in, say, Melbourne on the way there should bump Status Credits earn to 400.
If you are in Perth, for an extra $200 each way, you can fly Virgin Australia to Gold Coast/Cairns via Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane, which should earn you 520 Status Credits, which pushes you over the 500 SCs requirement for Velocity Gold. Paying $2122 for a Business Class itinerary earning you Gold status represents excellent value!
If you live in any other city, you may consider purchasing positioning flights to start in Gold Coast/Cairns and end in Gold Coast.
- Valid for departures from Gold Coast, Cairns, Adelaide and Perth only
- Valid for travel from 14 October to 16 December 2017
- Bookings must be made and paid for by 21 September 2017 unless sale is removed sooner
This sale fare is exclusively available through our Point Hacks Travel Agent, contactable via the enquiry form below.
Supplementary images courtesy respective airlines and frequent flyer programs.