The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Holidays For Seniors - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

HERE is a new scheme from Vir­gin Aus­tralia that we reckon is the cat’s py­ja­mas. In a first for an Aus­tralian air­line, mem­bers of the Ve­loc­ity fre­quent-flyer loy­alty pro­gram can now earn points for their ac­com­pa­nied cats and dogs — such as Chili the bor­der col­lie and Bolt the mar­malade cat (pic­tured) — when the pets are boarded in ap­proved car­ri­ers on do­mes­tic flights. There’s a min­i­mum of 300 points for each pet on any sec­tor (max­i­mum two per book­ing) and sil­ver, gold and plat­inum Ve­loc­ity mem­bers earn ex­tra points worth 50 per cent, 75 per cent and 100 per cent, re­spec­tively. Guide­lines for pet car­ri­ers are avail­able on the air­line’s web­site; when weighed with the an­i­mal, the to­tal must not ex­ceed 65kg. Vir­gin Aus­tralia car­ries about 30,000 pets a year, in­clud­ing aviary birds and aquar­ium fish, which could be part of the scheme in the fu­ture. Aside from points for travel, quo­tas can be used to buy pet prod­ucts from Ve­loc­ity part­ners. More: vir­gin­aus­tralia.com.

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