Virgin Australia will offer Velocity status credits on reward seats for flights from January 13, when the airline switches over to its new Sabre booking system.
The deal encompasses standard Any Seat Award bookings as well as travel using the more limited number of Reward seats.
"For the first time in Australia our Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn Status Credits while travelling on a Reward Seat, giving frequent travellers the ability to earn while they burn" said Velocity Frequent Flyer Chief Executive Officer Neil Thompson.
Earning status credits on Any Seat Award travel will be ongoing, while a promotion running until June 30 will let travellers earn status credits on rewards seats at the same rate as on commercial flights.
To be eligible for this offer, members must book and travel on a Virgin Australia (VA) marketed and operated flight in a Reward Seat Fare Class (X, P or Z) between 13 January and 30 June 2013.
"We find that travellers go through a period of accumulating points, particularly on corporate flights, and then go into 'burning mode'" Thompson told Australian Business Traveller. "But of course burning doesn't currently earn status credits."
Thompson promises the six-month promotion is one of several treats that Virgin Australia has planned for 2013.
"I'm keen to roll out a number of things that we'll try and see what the reaction in the market is" he told Australian Business Traveller. "You'll start to see some more one-offs and some special things that I can't talk about today" he teased.
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