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Velocity Frequent Flyer program for dogs and cats

Rates and Fees verified correct on April 28th, 2017

Earn Velocity frequent flyer points when you take your pet on your domestic flight with Virgin.

As a bunch of dog and cat lovers, we always want what’s most ideal for our pet. Leaving them with a friend or family member when we go on holidays can be painful - but with Virgin’s new ‘travelling with pets’ frequent flyer program, we now may have an excuse to bring our pets along.

Travelling with your pets now means you can earn points on a Virgin Australia domestic flight, meaning that no one truly gets left behind.

You can earn a minimum of 300 points per pet carried for each flight, and points are awarded for a maximum of two pets per flight booked. To earn points, your Velocity membership needs to be included in your booking.

Depending on your level of membership with the Velocity frequent flyer program, you can earn more points. Silver members will earn 50% more points in addition to their base amount, likewise with Gold and Platinum with 75% and 100% respectively.

Learn more about the how to join Velocity for free

American Express Velocity Escape Card

Velocity Frequent Flyer Credit Card Offer

The American Express Velocity Escape is a $0 annual fee Velocity points earning credit card. Receive 7,500 bonus Velocity Points.

  • $0 p.a. annual fee
  • 20.74% p.a. on purchases
  • 0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee on balance transfers
  • Up to 44 days interest free
  • Minimum Income Requirement of $40,000 p.a.

How many points can I earn if I take my pets with my on my flight?

Number of petsRedSilverGoldPlatinum
1300450525600
260090010501200

Virgin accepts dogs and cats for pet travel on both domestic and international flights, but you’ll only receive points if you carry your pet with you on domestic flights. To ensure that you pet has room for a domestic flight, pet bookings need to be made through Virgin’s Guest Contact Centre. If you book through a different system your pet will be refused travel and sent as freight which is a higher fee.

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Conditions for your pet to travel on a Virgin domestic flight

Your pet needs to be in good health, as well as not being aggressive. Since your pet can get dehydrated while travelling, Virgin will only allows animals over 8 weeks old and it needs be housed in a container which meets Virgin’s guidelines. Different destinations also have different medical requirements, like being treated for Tapeworm. Please check the exact terms and conditions before you travel.

Tips for travelling with your pet

If you plan on travelling with your pets, here are some handy hints that may help.

  • Check the airline’s regulation about pet crates. The dimensions are different according to which airline you fly.
  • Ensure all necessary vaccinations, flea treatments and worming are up to date. This is will ensure a safe and healthy flight for your pet.
  • Label your crate with your information in the case of an emergency.
  • Exercise your pet before travelling. Take it for a gentle walk so your pet will more likely want to sleep during the trip.
  • Don’t feed it on the day you travel.
  • Ensure it has access to water and treats are fine, as a heavy meal could make an uncomfortable flight.
  • Including something familiar like a soft blanket, its favourite toy for reassurance for your pet.

Think you have what it takes?

Virgin Velocity are looking for an official pet ambassador for their pet program. Aussies are invited to submit a picture of their cat or dog onto the Velocity Frequent Flyer programs Facebook page.

Not a Virgin Velocity Rewards Member?

If you aren't a holder of a Virgin Credit Card, you can compare the offers below to see if any match up with your spending needs.

Rates last updated April 28th, 2017
Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Annual fee
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer Offer
Earn 2 Velocity Points on top of the standard earn rate per $1 spent within the first three months. Plus, save with a long-term balance transfer offer and a reduced annual fee in the first year.
20.74% p.a. 0% p.a. for 18 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee $64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
American Express Velocity Escape Card
Enjoy 7,500 bonus Velocity Points when you apply online and meet the minimum spend requirement, plus earn up to 2 points for every $1 you spend, together with a $0 annual fee.
20.74% p.a. 0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee $0 p.a. Go to site More info
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - 0% Interest Offer
Receive 0% p.a. for 12 months on purchases, 0% p.a. for 6 months on balance transfers and an exclusive $129 Virgin Australia Gift Voucher each year.
0% p.a. for 12 months (reverts to 20.74% p.a.) 0% p.a. for 6 months $129 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Velocity Platinum Card
Receive 50,000 bonus Velocity Points when you apply online, are approved and meet the minimum spend required, plus take advantage of the 0% p.a. for 12 months balance transfer offer. Also receive a complimentary return flight every year.
20.74% p.a. 0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee $349 p.a. Go to site More info
Virgin Australia Velocity High Flyer Card - 30k Bonus Points offer
Receive up to 30,000 bonus Velocity Points and earn 1 Velocity Points per $1 spent. Receive an exclusive $129 Virgin Australia Gift Voucher and two complimentary Single Entry Virgin Australia domestic Lounge passes each year.
20.74% p.a. 1.9% p.a. for 15 months $144 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($289 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
American Express Velocity Business Card
Earn 1.000 points per $1 spent. Also receive up to bonus Velocity Rewards points.
$249 p.a. Go to site More info

More information on the range of Virgin Credit Cards available

Shirley Liu

Shirley is finder.com.au's publisher for banking and investments. She has completed a Masters in Commerce (Finance) and is the author of hundreds of articles. She is passionate about helping Aussies make an informed decision, save money and find the best deal for their needs.

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