VA boosts re­ward costs

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VIR­GIN Aus­tralia is in­creas­ing the “car­rier charge” ad­di­tional pay­ments for re­ward seat book­ings, un­der an ad­just­ment to its Ve­loc­ity re­wards scheme un­veiled overnight.

Ef­fec­tive for book­ings made on or af­ter 08 Jan 2020, the cur­rent $3.50 fee for re­demp­tions on do­mes­tic and trans-Tas­man Econ­omy class sec­tors will in­crease to $10.

For in­ter­na­tional short haul flights the Econ­omy class car­rier charge in­creases from $25 to $35, while on Hong Kong ser­vices from Syd­ney and Mel­bourne the Econ­omy class re­demp­tions will in­crease from $35 to $45.

There is no change to the $60 car­rier charge cur­rently levied on re­demp­tions of Ve­loc­ity points for flights be­tween Aus­tralia and Los An­ge­les, where VA op­er­ates along­side Delta Air Lines.

Busi­ness class redemp­tion car­rier charges in­crease from $5.50 to $10 for do­mes­tic and trans-Tas­man flights; from $50 to now $70 on in­ter­na­tional short- haul ser­vices; and from $50 to $98 on Hong Kong flights.

Again, Los An­ge­les is un­af­fected by the changes for Pre­mium Econ­omy and Busi­ness class, where the car­rier charges re­main at $145 and $230 re­spec­tively.

The air­line said the higher fees would help “cover in­creased op­er­at­ing costs,” with the car­rier charges able to be paid with Ve­loc­ity Points or a com­bi­na­tion of points and cash.

“We are com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ally pro­vid­ing a com­pet­i­tive and com­pelling of­fer­ing for our mem­bers,” Vir­gin Aus­tralia said.

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