UPDATE 1 April 2021 | Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program is pulling out another surprise with an 18-month status extension from today, for eligible Gold and Platinum members.

This is an extra six months on top of the previously-announced 12-month extension, which will certainly be welcome news for grounded frequent flyers looking to spread their wings in the near future.

Velocity 18 month status extension
The email sent out to Platinum members about the 18-month extension.

The move comes as Velocity’s ‘Discover Gold’ status challenge — offered to customers from 15 other competing airlines, including Qantas, Emirates, Air New Zealand, and all oneworld partner carriers — was recently extended from three months to five months, giving flyers an extra 60 days to enjoy Gold benefits.

Plus, the popular ‘Status Rewards’, which gives Velocity’s existing Gold and Platinum members some incentives to continue flying, was also revamped with an additional two months of benefits as well.

Our full guide to the most recent Velocity 2022 status extensions, bonus perks for frequent flyers, and the ‘Discover Gold’ status challenge continues below.

Status extended to September 2022 after booking one flight [finished]

Most Velocity Gold and Platinum members will be interested in maintaining their current status for another year. Velocity answered the call with a challenge: simply book or fly one eligible Virgin Australia flight before 28 March 2021, to qualify. At the time of writing, this offer is now finished.

The good news is those who participated have now received an 18-month status extension up to 30 September 2022. This is six more months than what was previously promised, which is a pleasant surprise. Velocity says that the status update will initially show a 31 March 2022 end-date, before being later updated to 30 September 2022.

Velocity Silver, Gold and Platinum
Velocity Gold and Platinum status is extended to 2022.

It’s particularly good news for Platinum Frequent Flyers who have been issued with a new batch of four complimentary fare upgrades if they were eligible. As we discuss in the next section, those free upgrades can potentially be used on any paid fare (even the discounted Getaway fare or the free Amex return flight) if certain conditions are met.

Bonus perks for Velocity Gold and Platinum members after 2-3 flights

Planning to jet around further this year? If you’re already a Velocity Gold or Platinum member, then you’ll earn additional benefits after taking two or three paid flights before 30 May 2021.

However, note that the new Gold and Platinum Status Reward benefits are temporary and will also expire after 30 May 2021, so you’ll need to earn them early to make the most of it.

1. 5,000 bonus Velocity Points

Simply take two eligible flights during the promo period to unlock 5,000 bonus Velocity Points, deposited directly into your account.

Both Gold and Platinum members are eligible.

2. Complimentary Economy X upgrades

As a Gold member, go one more and take three eligible flights during the promo period to earn complimentary upgrades to Economy X, Virgin Australia’s extra legroom offering in Economy Class.

Virgin Australia 737 Economy emergency exit
Virgin Australia Economy X

Once earned, you’ll have unlimited use of the free Economy X upgrades for you and up to 9 other passengers on the same booking, until 30 May 2021.

Only Gold members are eligible for this as Platinum frequent flyers already receive unlimited, free Economy X as a benefit.

3. Free Business Class upgrades on any fare

As a Platinum member, take the minimum of three eligible flights during the promo period, and you’ll unlock the ability to use your Platinum Complimentary Fare Upgrades on any paid Virgin Australia Economy fare!

These free upgrade credits are usually limited to the most expensive, flexible Economy Freedom fares. But with this offer, you’ll be able to use those credits for the cheaper Getaway and Elevate fares too, until 30 May 2021.

Velocity Complimentary Flight Upgrades
Velocity Platinum members get four free flight upgrades a year on selected flights

You’ll need to have existing fare upgrade credits in your account to use this offer. Upgrading from Economy reward seats is not possible.

‘Discover Gold’ if you make the leap from a competitor

Finally, Velocity tempted frequent flyers to jump ship with a three-month status match program called ‘Discover Gold’. Unfortunately, it’s now too late to register for this program.

But if you did so before 4 January 2021, then rejoice: your Discover Gold trial period has been extended from 3 months to 5 months! This gives you 60 extra days of selected Gold-tier benefits, and more time to earn the required 80 Status Credits and one eligible flight.

Virgin Australia Adelaide Lounge The Sun Room
Virgin Australia Adelaide Lounge

(Not all benefits are included during this trial period, including complimentary partner status with hotels or car hire programs, or parental pause extension).

To turn your five months into a full year of Velocity Gold, you just need to earn 80 Status Credits and complete one eligible flight within that trial period. For your reference, here are the number of SCs earned on one-way Virgin Australia domestic flights.

Economy GetawayEconomy ElevateEconomy FreedomBusiness SaverBusiness
Short flights
(e.g. Sydney to Melbourne)
7 SCs15 SCs25 SCs50 SCs55 SCs
Medium flights
(e.g. Brisbane to Cairns)
10 SCs20 SCs30 SCs60 SCs70 SCs
Longer flights
(e.g. Perth to Sydney)
15 SCs30 SCs45 SCs90 SCs105 SCs

That means you could potentially nab Velocity Gold status with a single Perth-Sydney Business Class flight, or perhaps two return Brisbane-Cairns flights with an Economy Elevate fare.

Summing up

Overall, this is a decent boost to the program, and Velocity Frequent Flyer scores one against Qantas with its Status Rewards and the 18-month extension surprise.

The ’18-month status extension’ that Velocity advertises applies from 31 March 2021, so everyone who participated will get a 30 September 2022 status anniversary date (but this will initially show up as 31 March 2022 before being further extended).

New temporary benefits for Gold and Platinum frequent flyers are welcome. Free Economy X is nothing to be sneezed at, and Platinum members have been wanting to use those complimentary fare upgrades on cheaper Economy fares for years.

It’s a pity those two benefits only last until 30 May 2021, but hopefully, it can return down the track as a regular ‘bonus’ perk once a Gold or Platinum member has completed a yearly challenge.

Velocity gifts surprise 18-month extension to eligible Gold, Platinum members was last modified: April 1st, 2021 by Brandon Loo