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Virgin Australia: application to ‘Discover Gold’ match – Approved

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.

2PAXfly Takeout

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.

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