Will we ever see lifetime status for Virgin Australia Velocity?

By Stephen D | Jul 26, 2018, 06:39 AM
I have always preferred Virgin over QANTAS, but having been Velocity Platinum for a number of years, in some respects I regret choosing Virgin. By now I would have earned lifetime Silver with QANTAS and would have well on my way to lifetime Gold. Do you think that one day that Virgin may introduce lifetime status?
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By mviy | Jul 26, 2018, 08:08 AM
Maybe/maybe not. I wouldn’t hold my breath.
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By jeppetto367 | Jul 26, 2018, 08:53 AM
Same situation here, definitely times I regret choosing VA, same with some of the other people at work here. Really hope VA will introduce it. If my flying increases to where I start achieving 2000+ credits a year (which it might be soon) I'll be moving straight to QF.
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By mviy | Jul 26, 2018, 08:55 AM
Some after achieving LifeTime Gold on QF then switch to flying VA to have status on both airlines.

The lack of LifeTime status on VA is one of the reasons I stick to flying QF.
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By mviy | Jul 26, 2018, 09:25 AM
If you’re thinking of moving to QF try to get a status match or a status challenge to fast track your way to status.
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By silentiger86 | Jul 26, 2018, 10:11 AM
Totally agree, lifetime status is a reason I am sticking with QF for now.

Another thing to consider is the longevity of VA. To me, QF seems to be an airline which will likely stick around for a while, so definitely worth working hard to pursue lifetime with them.
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By mviy | Jul 26, 2018, 10:38 AM
Also worth noting that earn rates can be different on different airlines. There is a QF points & status credits calculator that would give you an indication as to how much you can expect to earn from your expected travel. Even then it's worth noting that some fare classes on OneWorld partner airlines may not be eligible to earn SC and EK marketed flights earn 0 SC. If a fair bit of your travel won't be on QF if you switch to QF that's something you'll need to pay a fair bit of attention to to make sure you will reach your goals.


50% bonus and Double SC promotions and status runs can help, but if you averaged say 2000 SC a year (which is a lot) it would take 7 years to get from 0 QF LTSC to 1400 LTSC to get LTG. That's a lot of travel.


I expect LTG will be several years away for me still unless QF adds a LTP (LifeTime Platinum) that entices me to up my rate of travel, but I suspect LTG will continue to be as good as LifeTime status gets on QF.

Last edited by mviy at Jul 26, 2018, 10.39 AM.
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By stmaus | Jul 26, 2018, 11:03 AM
No regrets! Think of the misery you will have put yourself through just to achieve QF LTG!
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By Mjudd | Jul 26, 2018, 11:25 AM
Velocity wont offer lifetime status, as they know their days are numbered. VA will be broke soon, just like every other Australian airline that has come up against Qantas.
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By gjspectre | Jul 26, 2018, 11:37 AM
What's the point of trying to acheive LT anything on virgin? As a Perth based flyer, I've just swapped to Qantas and done a stretch challenge to platinum and will never look back. Better aircraft on east-west routes, better alliance, and better lounges. Also one reason I liked VA was air NZ lounge access, which now Qantas has, the other reason was VA codeshare on Etihad from Perth into Europe, which will also go come October.

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By Fothamickelburg | Jul 26, 2018, 11:49 AM
I have got lifetime Velocity Red status.
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By gjspectre | Jul 26, 2018, 11:50 AM
What about lifetime bronze on QF? Haha
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By Fothamickelburg | Jul 26, 2018, 11:58 AM
What about lifetime bronze on QF? Haha
Not long to go until I qualify for that - my next PER - LHR J class trip should do it.

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By mcglynp | Jul 26, 2018, 12:21 PM
Lifetime status on Velocity would seem to be incompatible with family pooling. So while that is in place could not see them offering this.
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By Blake | Jul 26, 2018, 12:33 PM
didnt take long for this to turn into a Apple v Windows thread.
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By mviy | Jul 26, 2018, 12:38 PM
Lifetime status on Velocity would seem to be incompatible with family pooling. So while that is in place could not see them offering this.
If VA were to offer LifeTime Status they could make family pooling SCs not count towards LifeTime status.

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