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Kick in the teeth for Flybuys - Virgin Velocity's surcharges to start Jan 1

Kick in the teeth for Flybuys - Virgin Velocity's surcharges to start Jan 1

Old Dec 27, 18, 9:30 pm
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Kick in the teeth for Flybuys - Virgin Velocity's surcharges to start Jan 1

If you are lucky enough to find a Virgin business-class award seat between Australia and Los Angeles you'll be walloped with a Qantas-like surcharge of $230 each way in addition to the normal taxes. This starts on Monday Jan 1 2019. It applies whether your scarce-as-hens-teeth award seat is on Virgin or Delta.

This money-grab will also apply to all other awards, but at lower levels initially. $50 will be added to each business award between Aus & NZ for example.

And in the other direction it's worse - if you're trying to get to Europe an Etihad award seat already attracts a $500 fine imposed by Etihad on unfortunate Velocity members trying to use their points there.

Impacts the value of Velocity points, it's hardly worth crossing the street to collect Flybuys now. And if you're paying a fee for a Velocity credit-card, that might be worth reviewing on Jan 1.
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Old Dec 27, 18, 9:36 pm
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Agreed. Please voice your concern to Virgin. Unfortunately Qantas has set this standard and VA is still undercutting QF. But for those of us with the ability to credit to other airlines (international partners), Velocity will feel the hurt!
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Old Dec 31, 18, 1:18 am
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Voicing concern to Flybuys may be more effective. Of course Flybuys points can still be cashed in towards your shopping at 0.5c each, rather than using them to effectively buy VA points at 1.15c per VA mile.

Also looking forward to seeing if the Miles-prices are quoted including taxes & charges like they are now, where you can pay the taxes in cash by moving the slider in the last screen.

If it still quotes an inclusive price, every international award is going to come up as costing a zillion points
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Old Jan 1, 19, 3:47 am
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You think flybuys has leverage over VA flight surcharges? I see complaints to flybuys having zero effect.
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Old Jan 2, 19, 8:08 pm
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On the plus side, it may encourage VA to actually make some reward seats available!
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Old Jan 5, 19, 10:19 pm
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its just like Qantas now exorbitant taxes on rewards and poor award avaiabilityfomestic and international! Il lstick to UA MileagePlus and AA
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Old Jan 5, 19, 10:23 pm
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agree qf biz lounge domestic t3 syd is a dirty dive! Almost as bad as qf int nbiz lounge melbs mind you va lounge and rude security at premium entry at syd is just as bad!
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Old Jan 7, 19, 1:22 am
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The phrase "drama queen" sprang to mind on reading the OP
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