After what seems like months of radio silence, Velocity has launched an opportunity to extend Gold or Platinum status with just one flight. On top of that, there are extra benefits available after your second and third flights in the promotion period.
The announcement follows on from an offer made by Qantas during November. While there are similarities between the two offers, there are important differences.
Extend your status to March 2022 with just one flight
The first part of the offer is the ability to extend your status through to 31 March 2022. The fact that this is a fixed date has a couple of effects. Firstly, everyone taking advantage of the offer will end up on the same membership year. Secondly, it results in some members getting a better extension than others.
So, to explain. To qualify for this offer you need to
- Be a Gold or Platinum member of Velocity
- Take a flight by 31 March 2021. You just need to take the flight, even if you have already booked a flight it will count.
If you achieve that, then by the end of March 2021, Velocity will extend your membership out through to 31 March 2022.
In the case of Velocity, this will need to be a flight that would normally earn Velocity points. That is, you can’t book a Reward flight to take advantage of this offer.
As mentioned, this will result in some members getting a better deal than others. For example, my membership year ends in May. So, in my case, I will really be getting an extension of 10 or so months. Compare this to someone that would have a membership year in December. They will effectively end up with a three-month extension.
More Perks after Flight 2 and 3
Second Flight by 31 March
If you take more than one flight by 31 March 2021 Velocity will offer additional perks. After the second flight, you will be awarded 5,000 bonus points.
Third Flight by 31 March
If you take three flights by 31 March, you will unlock an additional benefit. The benefit you will get is based on whether you are a Gold or Platinum member.
If you are a Gold member and take three flights, you will unlock the ability to upgrade to Economy X.
Platinum members flying three flights will be able to use their upgrade vouchers on any Economy fare. Normally, you need to be booked on a Freedom fare in order to use the upgrade voucher. You will have until 31 March to use these vouchers. Of course, you will have to have some remaining vouchers to take advantage of this offer.
Come 31 March, you should receive a new set of vouchers, although you will need to be on a Freedom fare to use the new set.
After hearing nothing for quite some time, I had started to wonder if Velocity had anything up their sleeves. It seems they did.
It is interesting that they have put basically a four-month timeframe on the offer. I guess it reflects the idea that they will be trying to drum up some business in this time, while things slowly return to normal.
I am not sure how I would feel if I was silver though. There seems little for them in this announcement.
Still, overall, it seems positive, and I now have an opportunity to renew my Platinum status a little longer.