In this week’s travel news, Virgin Australia announces Velocity status credits on reward flights.
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Hey there. Jake Hower from Pan Australian Travel with another weekly news update.
In this episode, we’re going to be touching on Virgin, on Qantas, and also an announcement from Garuda or an upcoming announcement from Garuda, so stay tuned to find out more.
- Earn Velocity status credits on frequent flier seats.
Okay, straight off to Virgin. Now when you redeem Velocity frequent flyer points, you will earn Velocity status credits on those seats that you fly. That is brilliant. Historically there aren’t many airlines that actually provide this. Now even if you’re using free flights or earned flights you will get status points which will go towards raising your T level within the program and giving you more benefits.
- Garuda looking on to potential London flights via the Kangaroo Route.
Okay, now the announcement with Garuda. It hasn’t actually been officially announced, but there is word that they’re going to be flying on to London direct from Jakarta. That’ll be excellent for somebody looking at flying a pretty decent airline with new aircraft at a reasonable price. You’ll potentially be able to fly Melbourne, Jakarta, Jakarta on to London. It may be another option particularly in business class. They have fantastic flat beds and their fares are really good. Watch this space and we’ll keep you updated on when that’s actually announced.
- Qantas starts selling Emirates flights as per Interim Government approval.
Across to the Qantas and Emirates partnership deal. In the last two or three days, they’ve announced that the ACCC has given them interim approval to start selling seats and start selling their partnership. They’ve released their full code share flights and prices that they’re starting to sell. It’s not looking fantastic if you’re looking to get on Qantas flights with an Emirates code share because they don’t seem to have released too many seats and of course the long layovers typically for most of their destinations mean flying with Qantas to Dubai on an Emirates code share flight across to your European destination isn’t a good option.
My tip for this is if you’re looking to fly or get a good connection through to Europe with one stop, choose the Emirates flights out of Australia on the code share airline. You will still earn frequent flier points. You won’t be able to upgrade if you’re looking to do that on the aircraft, which is a bit of a pity but that’s okay. You’ll get a much better connection through to Europe and of course it will mean your travel time is substantially reduced.
Okay, that’s it for another episode. Thanks very much for tuning in. We’ll be running a number of webinars over the coming months. The first one we’ll be running is with our partner, Sage Travel, who do university stay tours of the UK. Keep an eye out for that. I’ll be sending an email with all those details in the next week. Keep an eye out for that. I hope you can join us. Thanks for tuning in. We’ll speak to you again very soon.