Virgin Australia: application to ‘Discover Gold’ match – Approved
Yes, I have been accepted for three months status match challenge or ‘Discover Gold’ which gives me access to some Velocity Gold benefits, but according to the email ,excluding:
.’ . . benefits you won’t receive include: Gold member baggage tag, a physical membership card, complimentary partner memberships, guaranteed economy Reward Seat, membership pause for parental leave;
– you’ll continue to earn Status Credits, Points and Eligible Sectors in the same way as other members; and
– your Status Credits balance will reflect the number of Status Credits, Points and Eligible Sectors you’ve earned since receiving this Discover Gold trial.
Talk about leading with the negatives!
So I have netherworld status of Discovery Gold, which is like Velocity Gold but less.
The benefits I get
Far as I can work out, the privileges I get are:
- Lounge access for two
- Priority check-in, security screening, boarding and baggage delivery
- Fly Ahead – free move to earlier flight
There are a few others including an extra bag, but those listed are the main ones that appeal to me. And we are talking domestic travel – because, COVID-19 international travel ban!
So effectively it gives me a three month taste of gold status, but then also challenges me to extend that to a year by completing a bit of a challenge.
If within the 3 months of my Discover Gold trial, I manage to fly at least one segment and earn a minimum of 80 status credits, then, I get the full 12 months of Velocity Gold status – I get the luggage tags!
I also get the benefit of being able to gift Companion Gold status membership to a family member or friend, provided they are a Velocity member.
OK, its not automatic entrance to Xanadu, but its pretty good.
Now I just need to work how to earn those 80 status credits in the most economic way, to destinations I need or want to travel to, within the next three months.
That could take a bit of time working out the lowest cost way to earn my 80 status credits. Looks like I have a lot of flights to search.