Wilson Parking pulls out of Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer

Wilson Parking pulls out of Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer

Wilson Parking is leaving Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer program, which saw travellers earn Velocity Points every time they parked their vehicle.

Wilson is Australia’s largest secure parking operator with more than 400 car parks across Australia, and became a Velocity partner in May 2010. Velocity members can currently earn five points per dollar spent when they pre-book a parking space.

Frequent parkers (as opposed to frequent flyers) can also pick up two Velocity Points per dollar if they belong to the car park firm's own Wilson One loyalty program.

However, the Hong Kong-based company will exit the Velocity scheme from 30 May 2019.

Wilson Parking says its Wilson One members "will receive Velocity Points for parking transactions made up to and including 30 May 2019. Monthly Parking customers will receive Velocity Points for their May 2019 invoice."

Outstanding claims for missing Velocity points will be settled "no later than 30 May 2019."

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

12 comments

  • GoldCanyon340

    GoldCanyon340

    8 May, 2019 06:17 pm

    Linking with QF instead?
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  • Rembrandt

    Rembrandt

    11 May, 2019 04:51 pm

    I doubt Wilson Parking will be starting a partnership with Qantas, as Qantas has a partnership with Secure Parking.

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  • L Mck

    Lmc

    8 May, 2019 07:43 pm

    One of many more to come no doubt, Virgin should have joined Star Alliance.
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  • abr

    abr

    8 May, 2019 07:58 pm

    Star Alliance has made it very clear some time back that they're NOT interested in VA joining.

    SkyTeam is Virgin Australia's only alliance choice.
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    Lmc

  • L Mck

    Lmc

    8 May, 2019 08:02 pm

    Skyteam, all the left over airlines that Star and Oneworld dont want.
    Virgin should fit in perfectly!
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  • Dan

    DanV

    8 May, 2019 08:06 pm

    With "Sworn Enemies" NZ and UA ready to use their veto should any VA application come across their desk, chances of VA joining *A is close to zero.

    In addition to the financial health of EY and HNA, and the rumours of SQ possibly wanting out. In addition to past articles of DL and NH not ruling anything out and lurking in the background, there's a better chance of VA becoming "Delta Air Lines Australia" to compliment their "Delta Air Lines UK" division (aka Virgin Atlantic) than VA joining any Alliance in general.
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  • bagpuss

    bagpuss

    9 May, 2019 10:29 am

    Not sure what joining an alliance has to do with Frequent Flyer "add-on" partnerships.
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  • GregXL

    GregXL

    8 May, 2019 08:35 pm

    I find it difficult to see there is a business case is for a parking provider offering points in any FF program. It certainly wouldn’t influence my choice of parking location.
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    StuartD

  • TheBigM

    TheBigM

    9 May, 2019 12:48 pm

    It's certainly influenced mine.

    Know that I get points there, their pricing is comparable, and they have good coverage, so Wilson was always my go to if parking was needed.

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    Rembrandt

  • Tighe Patching

    TMP

    9 May, 2019 01:32 pm

    +1 to this. Absolutely used Wilson as a result of the partnership, and disappointed to see it end.
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    Rembrandt

  • Rembrandt

    Rembrandt

    11 May, 2019 04:47 pm

    Difficult to see? I spend at least $400 a month on CBD parking. I joined Wilson simply for the Velocity points and avoided other parking operators so I could collect more Velocity points with Wilson.
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  • Rembrandt

    Rembrandt

    11 May, 2019 04:44 pm

    I actually spend several hundred a month on parking in different CBD car parks (work related expense) so joining Wilson for additional Velocity points was a no-brainer for me.

    The Secure Parking and Qantas points partnership isn't as good, as it only offered a book a bay option to collect points and if you don't enter and exit in a specified time frame, you don't get the points.

    I'm not sure why this partnership all of a sudden dissolved. However, I highly doubt it's because VA isn't part of an airline alliance. Qantas is partnered with Secure Parking, so it made sense for Wilson to partnet with VA.
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19 May, 2019 11:04 pm

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