Virgin Australia Velocity has just published a new promotion offering double Velocity Points on all eligible Virgin Australia domestic flights for travel until 17 August 2021.
The caveat: Flights applicable for this campaign have to be booked before 29 September 2020 basically giving Virgin Australia (a company that still owes people millions in refunds) a cash advance for up to a year.
This promotion just arrived in my email inbox and considering the uncertain future of air travel over the next twelve months, let alone that of Virgin Australia I’m in the very least skeptical about this.
You can access this promotion on Virgin Velocity website (see here).
Earn double Velocity Points on all eligible Virgin Australia domestic flights when you book before 29 September 2020 and travel by 17 August 2021. That’s 10 Points for every $1 you spend on your domestic flights.
You simply register and then the account is set up to earn these extra miles.
Virgin Australia has just been sold to U.S. equity firm Bain Capital in a deal worth 3.5 billion Australian dollars which will see unsecured creditors geting paid between 9 and 13 cents on the dollar for their claims. Virgin’s creditors are currently owed a total of about AU$7 billion.
At the same time thousands of Virgin Australia customers have only received vouchers for their recently cancelled flights before the company went into voluntary administration. It has been made clear that even the acceptance of these vouchers for new flights is up to the goodwill of the new owners and the company has already announced that using these credit would be highly restrictive (no partner flights, even codeshares etc).
Double miles are always a good thing and if you’re currently planning on booking any flights for the upcoming months then sure why not.
I wouldn’t make speculative bookings just for the sake of a few more miles however. Virgin Australia’s conduct through this entire administration process and even since they have a new owner has been pretty much a disgrace, leaving thousands of customers out of pocket. Keep your wallet close and an eye on your money when dealing with airlines for the coming year or so!
These are the Terms & Conditions for this promotion:
To be eligible for the Double Points promotion you must (1) Activate this offer via www.velocityfrequentflyer.com within the member dashboard under ‘Activated Offers’ between 12.01am AEST 21 September 2020 and 11.59pm 29 September 2020 inclusive (Promotion Period); (2) after offer activation, book and ticket an Eligible Flight during the Promotion Period and enter a valid Velocity membership number at the time of booking; and (3) complete travel on an Eligible Flight. An Eligible Flight is a Domestic flight marketed and operated by Virgin Australia (except where a Domestic flight is flown as part of an international journey), between 12.01am AEST 21 September 2020 and 11.59pm 17 August 2021 inclusive and booked and ticketed in a fare class that normally accrues Points. Points cannot be earned on Velocity Reward Seat bookings. Codeshare services marketed or operated by partner airlines are not eligible for this offer. Bonus Velocity Points will be earned in addition to base Velocity Points earned. Bonus Points will be applied to the originally purchased fare class and any upgrades (other than when you paid the full commercial fare) will not attract Bonus Points as a result of this offer. There is no limit on the amount of times this offer can be redeemed. Velocity Points offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. You should allow up to 4 weeks after completion of travel for the bonus Velocity Points to be allocated.