Velocity’s seat upgrade reward, ‘UpgradeMe’ allows you to upgrade your existing fully-paid Virgin Australia ticket to a higher cabin-class (Economy -> Premium or Economy -> Business) on Virgin Australia. This redemption method arguably offers less value, as upgrades are dependent on reward seat availability. This means your upgrade is not always guaranteed. Because of this, it may be best to secure a reward seat.
As we touch on below, asking yourself the following questions will help determine if a Velocity seat upgrade is for you.
- Did someone else pay for my Economy ticket?
- Do I value the flexible nature of Virgin’s Flexible Economy ticket? (sometimes costing up to 100% more)
If you answer yes to one, or both questions, a seat upgrade may offer value. If not, a fully-secured Velocity reward seat is probably the better option.
Another weak point is that unless you hold Gold status, upgrades are restricted to Virgin Australia operated domestic and a restricted list of international short-haul flights (international long-haul seat upgrades are available exclusively to Gold members).
- Fare eligibility
- How to apply for an upgrade
- The Velocity seat upgrade ‘wait-list’
- Seat upgrade point costs