The other day we noticed Velocity Frequent Flyer quietly rolled out a devaluation for transfer to Singapore Airlines Kris Flyer Program.
To make matters worse, they published another devaluation of sorts in their media hub today.
From January 1, 2019, Virgin Australia will be adding ‘carrier charge’ fees onto flights booked with Velocity Frequent Flyer points.
Before you panic; Qantas has been doing this forever, and the new Virgin Australia charges will still be competitive in comparison.
Flights between Australia and Los Angeles will feel the surcharge the hardest with a $230 carrier charge being added on a one-way ticket in business class with Virgin Australia or Delta. For comparison, Qantas charges a $335 ‘carrier surcharge’ on the same route (one way).
For Premium Economy reward tickets to LAX we will see a $145 fee is added, and for Economy redemptions, the charge will be $60 (all one way).
The Australia – Hong Kong route will see an added surcharge of $50 in each direction for business class redemptions and $35 in Economy (no premium economy on this route). In comparison, Qantas charges $112 on the same route.
International short-haul flights will get stung with an extra $25 in economy and $50 in business class.
Trans-Tasman flights only get a small fee added on which is $3.5 in economy and $5.50 in business class. The same price increase will be applied to domestic redemptions as well.
Now for some good news…
From 1 December 2018, when you travel on a domestic Virgin Australia Getaway fare, you will earn a minimum of seven Status Credits for a one-way flight, compared to the previous five Status Credits.
In addition to this, from 1 December 2018 Velocity members flying on an Air Canada operated flight with a Virgin Australia flight number between Los Angeles and Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto will earn Status Credits.