Virgin Australia has launched Velocity status match offer for government employees that have status with Qantas.
The matched status is valid for full 12 months and you need to get your application in by July 31, 2018.
You can access Virgin Australia’s website here.
Note that the government employee definition is rather relaxed: “Travellers of Departments, Entities or Organisations accessing the Whole of Australian Government arrangements over the age of 18 only.” Seems that as long as the entity is funded by the government the employees should qualify.
Here’s quick look at the status benefits:
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Join Velocity for free at virginaustralia.com/velocity and take note of your new Velocity membership number.
2. Once you have your Velocity membership number, scan and attach a copy of your Qantas Frequent Flyer card or statement showing your current membership Status to firstname.lastname@example.org from your Government email address and include ‘GOVT – Status Match – NEW MEMBER’ and your Velocity number within the subject line*.
1. Scan and attach your Qantas member Flyer card or statement showing your current membership Status through to email@example.com from your Government email address and include ‘GOVT – Status Match’ and your Velocity number within the subject line.
2. Once your application for a Status Match has been received and validated, your upgrade will be actioned within 10 working days*.
Here’s the PDF:
Seems to be a straight match without any flight requirements.
The only issue I have with Virgin Australia is that they are not part of any alliance, although work closely with number of airlines such as Etihad and Delta with whom they have reciprocal elite benefits.
Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:
*Conditions of Status Match Promotion. Velocity Status Match Promotion (“Promotion”) is valid for travellers of Departments, Entities or Organisations accessing the Whole of Australian Government arrangements over the age of 18 only. To be eligible for the Promotion the applicant must be or become a Velocity member and send to firstname.lastname@example.org their valid Velocity membership number along with a legible copy of their frequent flyer membership card (or most recent monthly statement) that clearly shows their current elite status level and expiry date. This Promotion only applies to eligible members of Qantas Frequent Flyer. Frequent flyer Status will be mapped to the most similar Status tier within the Velocity program, as determined by Velocity at its absolute discretion. Any Velocity Status awarded under this Promotion will remain valid for a period of 12 months from the date of upgrade, after which time the usual Velocity member Terms and Conditions will apply. This promotion matches program Status but does not match the number of frequent flyer points held in the respective programs. Only applications submitted via the approved application process will be eligible for consideration. Velocity reserves the right to retract the offer at any time at its absolute discretion. 1. Available at major ports. 2. Membership and entry to the Virgin Australia Lounge Terms and Conditions available at virginaustralia.com/lounge. 3. Premium entry is available to Platinum and Gold members travelling with carry-on luggage only. 4. Complimentary baggage allowance will vary depending on membership level. 5. Platinum or Gold members can request to Fly Ahead either at the Virgin Australia Lounge, Priority check-in or Service Desk or kiosk (where functionality is available) on the day of travel in time to be carried on an earlier Virgin Australia Domestic flight. Additionally, Platinum members can also request Fly Ahead via a call to the Guest Contact Centre. 6. Once a year, member will be guaranteed to be able to redeem four (4) return Economy Reward Seats to: A. Gold members can select any Domestic or International Short Haul destination; B. Platinum members can select any Domestic or International destination; when travelling with Virgin Australia. Velocity member Terms and Conditions apply, available at https://experience.velocityfrequentflyer.com/member-support/ terms-conditions as amended from time to time.