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How to earn Velocity frequent flyer points

Tips and tricks to maximise how many Velocity Points you can earn on everyday purchases and travel.

Earning points and claiming rewards is straightforward with Virgin’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program. By linking your credit card with the program, you can earn points through everyday spending. Grocery shopping, buying fuel and even going out to dinner could help you accumulate points.

To ensure you’re not missing out on an opportunity to earn more points we have summarised the ways you can maximise your points and redeem greater rewards.

Earn points when you travel

  • Flights. You can earn points for every mile you travel with Virgin Australia and its airline partners. How many points you can earn depends on your flight, fare class, the airline and whether you're a Velocity status member. We've rounded up the maximum possible points you can earn for each of the partnered airlines below:
Airline Points you can earn
Virgin Australia - Book a flight 5 Points per $1 spent on all eligible domestic fares (plus bonus points for Velocity status members)
Up to 2 Velocity Points per mile for Trans Tasman flights, international short haul flights
Up to 2.5 points per mile on international long haul flights
Etihad Airways - Book a flight Up to 4 Velocity Points earn rate per mile
Virgin America Up to 1.5 Velocity Points earn rate per mile
Virgin Samoa 5 Velocity Points per $1 spent on all eligible domestic fares
Delta Air Lines Up to 2 Velocity Points earn rate per mile
Hawaiian Airlines Up to 1.5 Velocity Points earn rate per mile
Singapore Airlines Up to 1.6 Velocity Points earn rate per mile
Silk Air Up to 1.25 Velocity Points earn rate per mile
Air New Zealand Up to 2 Velocity Points earn rate per mile
Virgin Atlantic Up to 2 Velocity Points earn rate per mile
South African Airways Up to 1.25 Velocity Points earn rate per mile
  • Accommodation. If you book a hotel through Virgin Australia Holidays, you'll earn 3 Velocity Points per $1 spent. You can also earn the following points with Velocity hotel partners:

Within Australia

  • 3 points per $1 spent at most domestic hotel partners
  • 2 points per $1 spent at hotels and resorts within the Hilton Portfolio
  • 2 points per $1 spent at Travelodge
  • 1 point per $1 spent at qualia

Outside Australia

  • 1,000 points per stay at most international hotel partners
  • 600 points per stay at selected international hotel partners
  • 2 points per US$1 spent at hotels and resorts within the Hilton Portfolio
  • Up to 35,000 points per stay at Virgin Limited Edition properties
  • Car hire. Once you have arrived at your holiday destination you may also want to hire a car. When you make a booking via the Velocity website, you can earn points on rentals with Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty. The number of points you'll earn per $1 will depend on your Velocity status, so we've broken it down by tier below:
Partner Red Silver Gold Platinum
Europcar 4 4.5 5.25 6
Hertz 3 4.5 5.25 6
Thrifty 3 4.5 5.25 6

You can also earn Velocity Points with Europcar and Hertz when hiring outside of Australia and New Zealand. Depending on your status, you'll earn the following points per rental:

  • Red. 800 points per rental.
  • Silver. 1,200 points per rental.
  • Gold. 1,400 points per rental.
  • Platinum. 1,600 points per rental.

See our guide to learn more about earning points on car rentals.

  • Travel insurance. Travel with peace of mind when you purchase Cover-More travel insurance at the Velocity co-branded portal, as well as earning 3 points per $1 spent. Silver, Gold and Platinum members earn 50%, 75% and 100% bonus points respectively in addition to the regular earn rate.
  • Cruises. Sail away and earn 3 points per $1 spent when you book a cruise through cruise pilot.
  • Fly your pet. You can earn a minimum of 300 points when your book a flight with Virgin Australia for your pet.

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Earn points through everyday spending

  • Shopping at Coles and with flybuys partners. If you earn flybuys points at Coles, Coles Express and other partnered retailers (including Liquorland, Kmart and Target), you can exchange them for Velocity Points. You can transfer your flybuys in increments of 2,000 for 870 Velocity Points, giving you an earn rate of 0.43 Velocity Points per dollar spent with flybuys partners. Check out our guide to earning Velocity Points with Coles and flybuys for more information.

How many Velocity Points can I earn at Coles and flybuys partners?

  • Fuel. Velocity is partnered with BP, meaning you can earn two Velocity Frequent Flyer Points for every litre, up to 150 litres, of fuel purchased at participating BP fuel service stations. You can also earn two Velocity Points per $1 spent in-store, up to $100, per transaction. Just make sure you swipe your Velocity card at the counter before you pay to earn the points. Learn more about earning points when you fill up the car.
  • Car service. You can earn two points per $1 spent on vehicle maintenance, maintenance services and log book services at over 85 Midas Service Centres across Australia.
  • Parking. You can use book a Bay to earn 5 Velocity Points per $1 spent when you pre-book a space at Wilson Parking car parks in Australia. If you're a frequent parker, you can apply for a Wilson One card and earn 2 Velocity Points per $1 spent. If you park your car with Looking4Parking, you can also earn 3 points per $1 spent. Silver, Gold and Platinum members will earn 50%, 75% and 100% bonus points respectively on top of the standard earn rates.
  • Velocity eStore. You can earn points with some of Australia's favourite brands including Apple, David Jones, THE ICONIC, Booktopia and more via the Velocity eStore. The earn rates vary between retailers, so check out the eStore for more details.
  • Dining. Going out for dinner or purchasing one of your favourite Virgin wines will also help you accumulate your points. Book through OpenTable and you could earn 300 points for every honoured booking. If you happen to be in London, you can also earn Velocity Points at the infamous Babylon Restaurant at The Roof Gardens. Located on Kensington High Street in London, you can earn six points per £1 spent up to £1,000 and one point per £1.50 spent thereafter.
  • Wine. You can take advantage of exclusive offers and earn three Velocity Points per $1 spent on a case of wine from Laithwaite's Wine People. You can also earn three points per $1 spent on wine through Virgin Wines.
  • Virgin Active gym membership. Reward yourself for staying fit with Virgin Active. If you join and visit Virgin Active at least three times a week for the first 12 weeks, you'll receive 10,000 Velocity Points. If you're already a member, you'll receive 250 Velocity Points each time you visit Virgin Active 12 or more times each calendar month.
  • Virgin Mobile. You can earn two points per $1 spent on eligible 24 month postpaid mobile phone, mobile SIM or 12 month postpaid mobile broadband plans every month.
  • Dentist appointments. If you visit Pacific Smiles Dental, you can earn 500 Velocity Points after your first eligible checkup as a new patient, followed by 250 Velocity Points for each subsequent eligible check up (up to two checkups in a 12 month period).

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Earn Velocity Points on financial products

  • Credit cards. With over 40 Velocity Frequent Flyer credit and charge cards available from many major banks and financial institutions, earning points through every spending is more convenient than ever. You can choose from a Velocity Frequent Flyer credit card that directly earns points or a credit card rewards program that is partnered with Velocity, giving you the opportunity to exchange your reward points for Velocity Points if you wish.

Credit cards that earn Velocity Points

Rates last updated August 18th, 2018
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Program Rewards Points per $ spent Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Bonus Points Offer
60,000 bonus points
Velocity Frequent Flyer


0.66
20.74% p.a.
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Earn up to 60,000 bonus Velocity Points in the first 3 months and enjoy a discounted annual fee of $64 for the first year.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - 0% Interest Offer
Velocity Frequent Flyer


0.66
0% p.a. for 14 months (reverts to 20.74% p.a.)
$129 p.a.
Buy now and pay later with 0% p.a. interest on purchases for 14 months. Plus, 0% p.a. on balance transfers for up to 6 months.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer Offer
Velocity Frequent Flyer


0.66
20.74% p.a.
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Take advantage of 0% p.a. on balance transfers for up to 18 months. $64 in the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter), plus, bonus Velocity Points.
American Express Velocity Escape Card
Velocity Frequent Flyer


1
20.74% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Earn uncapped Velocity Points on purchases, pay $0 annual fee for life and take advantage of a 0% p.a. for 12 months balance transfer offer.
ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card
40,000 bonus points
ANZ Rewards Program


1.5
20.24% p.a.
$225 p.a.
Receive 40,000 bonus Velocity Points, 2 yearly Virgin Australia lounge passes, plus enjoy $0 overseas purchase transaction fees.
American Express Velocity Platinum Card
50,000 bonus points
Velocity Frequent Flyer


1.5
20.74% p.a.
$375 p.a.
Receive 50,000 bonus Velocity Points, a complimentary Virgin Australia return Economy domestic flight each anniversary year, plus, 2 lounge passes.
Virgin Australia Velocity High Flyer Card - 80k Bonus Points offer
80,000 bonus points
Velocity Frequent Flyer


1
20.74% p.a.
$289 p.a.
Take off sooner with up to 80,000 bonus Velocity Points and earn up to 1 Velocity Point per $1 spent. Plus, a 15 month balance transfer offer.
American Express Velocity Business Card
Velocity Frequent Flyer


1
$249 p.a.
Take advantage of Velocity Points per $1 spent, no pre-set spending limit, data that feeds into MYOB and up to 51 days interest-free on purchases.

Compare up to 4 providers

  • Virgin Money life insurance. If you sign up for life insurance or income protection with Virgin Money by 31 March 2018, you'll be rewarded with 25,000 Velocity Points.
  • Virgin Money - Reward Me home loan. If you get a home loan with Virgin Money, you'll be rewarded with 10,000 Velocity Points for every $100,000 drawn at settlement and a further 1,000 points every month as you pay down your loan. You'll also receive 30,000 points every three years to reward your loyalty.
  • Velocity Global Wallet. The Global Wallet is a reloadable Visa prepaid card which you can use to load your own money and spend in multiple supported currencies. Earn 2 Velocity Points per $1 spent overseas and 1 point per $3 spent in Australia.
  • Bupa health insurance. You can earn up to 70,000 Velocity Points for families and couples or up to 27,500 points for singles when you join Bupa selected health insurance covers.
  • OnMarket investments. If you invest through OnMarket, you can earn one Velocity Point per $4 invested.

Earn points through program partners

By quoting your Velocity frequent flyer membership to these companies you can continue to rack up points and redeem rewards quicker.

Provider Points and description
Sendle Earn 1 Velocity Point per $1 spent on every parcel delivery with Sendle.
EnergyAustralia If you switch to EnergyAustralia and are a new customer, you can earn up to 10,000 Velocity Points and receive 2,000 anniversary points per plan each year. Existing EnergyAustralia customers will receive a $100 Virgin Australia Holidays voucher and 2,000 anniversary points per plan each year.
Virgin Money - comprehensive car insurance Save 25% and earn 5,000 bonus Velocity points when you buy Virgin car insurance price save.
onsport.com.au You can earn 5 points per $1 spent on sports equipment and outdoor products purchased through onsport.com.au.
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Earn Velocity Points as a business

If you're a business owner, you can join Virgin Australia's Accelerate program to earn points and take advantage of exclusive perks on your business spending. The program is free to join and you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Save up to 10% on Virgin Australia flights and receive annual travel credits when you spend $20,000 or more on eligible flights.
  • You and your employees will receive a discounted annual membership to the Virgin Australia Lounge as well as two Velocity Gold Memberships when you spend $2,000 in the first three months.
  • You'll also receive exclusive offers throughout the year and can take advantage of a dedicated account management team to maximise your points.

If they're already Velocity Frequent Flyers, employees can also continue to earn Velocity Points and Status Credits on their business travel.

If you purchase business reports through IBIS World, you can also earn between 1,540 points and 5,445 points depending on which report you buy.

Other ways to top up and manage your Velocity account

  • How to buy Velocity Points. If you don't have enough points to redeem your ideal reward, you can purchase up to 50% of your Velocity Points. You can purchase up to 50,000 points in blocks of 500. You can check the points booster price table on the Velocity website, but to give you an idea, 500 points costs $18 and 50,000 points costs $1,172. You can purchase Velocity Points twice each calendar year.
  • Family pooling. Family pooling allows you to group your points into the one account, more points equals greater rewards. A family pool can consist of a total of six family members who live at the same address. Only two members can be 18 years or over and up to four members can be 17 years of age and younger. You’ll need to assign one member as the main beneficiary who will hold the points. Learn more about family pooling with Velocity.
  • Points transfers. You can transfer points from your account to the account of an eligible family member, up to four times per membership year.

Now that you know how you to accumulate Velocity points, you’re a step closer to redeeming your rewards. As there are many rewards options available, it’s essential to compare what’s on offer to ensure that your points are giving you the greatest possible return.

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Sally McMullen

Sally McMullen is an editor at finder.com.au who is a credit cards, frequent flyer and travel money expert by day and music maven by night.

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    RajJune 28, 2018

    Is there a bank that offers transaction account to earn point for velocity like the Bankwest has for Qantas?

    • finder Customer Care
      JhezelynJune 28, 2018Staff

      Hello Raj,

      Thank you for your comment.

      We have the list of the banks that earn Velocity points here. It serves as a guide to know the ins and outs of Velocity Frequent Flyer Program.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    VonnieJuly 11, 2017

    Is it possible to transfer my Qantas Frequent Flyer points to Velocity Frequent Flyer Points?

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      DanielleJuly 12, 2017

      Hi Vonnie,

      Thank you for contacting finder. We are a comparison website and general information service, we’re more than happy to offer general advice.

      It’s not possible to transfer your points from one frequent flyer program to another because different programs have different terms and conditions surrounding how you earn points and what they can be spent on. However, it is possible to redeem your frequent flyer points for flights and rewards with another airline if it happens to be a ‘partner airline’ of your chosen flight provider. You may refer to this page to find out more.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Danielle

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    davidJune 22, 2017

    I have a David Jones American Express Card. Can I get the points to Velocity? How come it did not work?

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      JonathanJune 22, 2017

      Hi David!

      The Reward Choices where you can use your points are outlined below:

      1. Membership Rewards
      – Use your Card to Shop With Points online at davidjones.com and pay for your purchase using your Membership Rewards points or a combination of Points + Pay. 
      – Redeem for Gift Cards8 from an extensive range of retailers including David Jones.
      – Use your points to purchase concert tickets with Ticketmaster or movie tickets at Hoyts or Event Cinemas through American Express Membership Rewards
      – Redeem points for flights from nine leading airline partners including Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Frequent Flyer (excludes Qantas)
      – Book travel instantly through one of our Travel Agency Partners, buy foreign exchange and much more
      – Turn your points into a credit on your account

      2. Qantas Frequent Flyer
      – Redeem Qantas Points for Classic Flight Rewards with Qantas and it’s 50+ partner airlines and affiliates
      – Request Classic Upgrade Rewards on eligible Qantas domestic and international flights
      – Redeem Qantas Points for a range of merchandise and gift cards from the online Qantas Store (includes David Jones Gift Cards)
      – Flexibility to book your next Classic Flight Rewards flight using Points Plus Pay

      Hope this clarifies.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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    davidMay 27, 2017

    interested in the 100,000 velocity points offer with american express. when is the annual fee payable (at the start or end). If i was to cancel the card say after 6 months would I still have to pay the fee.

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      davidJune 22, 2017

      I have 4000 Velocity points. How much is that in dollars?

    • finder Customer Care
      RenchJune 22, 2017Staff

      Hi David,

      Thanks for reaching out to us. Please note that we are not affiliated with Velocity or any company we feature on our site and so we can only offer you general advice.

      As a Velocity member, you can use your points in many different ways. You can use your Velocity Points for fuel with BP, hotels, flight upgrades, online shopping and more. Please visit Velocity official site to view the rewards that you can redeem.

      Cheers,
      Rench

    • finder Customer Care
      LouMay 28, 2017Staff

      Hi David,

      Thanks for your question.

      The annual fee will be charged to you on the first billing date after card approval. If you cancel your card after 6 months, you’ll still incur the annual fee.

      If you want to consider other credit cards with bonus points and no annual fee, you may check this page.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    DavidJanuary 25, 2017

    When points build up from fuel purchases from BP what is the conversion of those points to litres of fuel.

    • finder Customer Care
      MayJanuary 25, 2017Staff

      Hi David,

      Thanks for your question.

      That actually depends. But basically, with your Velocity points, you will automatically be opted into a BP in-store redemption option of $10. The BP in-store redemption option ranges from $10 and $60. For instance, 1,667 Velocity Points will save you $10 next time you visit BP. You can manage BP in-store redemption option at any time by logging into your Velocity account and selecting ‘Pay with Points In-Store’.

      So when you next fill up or shop at BP, if you have reached the dollar value of your selected BP in-store redemption option on eligible products and have enough points available in your account, you will be offered to redeem your Velocity points on the BP PinPad.

      Cheers,
      May

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    TaraJanuary 23, 2017

    Can I earn points on past Virgin mobile bills? I have had an 2 services for over one year and did not know I could have been earning points :)

    • finder Customer Care
      MayJanuary 24, 2017Staff

      Hi Tara,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, you’ll only start earning points from the time you add your Velocity membership number to your Virgin Mobile account. This will then apply to any existing Postpaid services you have with Velocity.

      Cheers,
      May

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    CindySeptember 29, 2016

    Could you please send me a list of retailers where I am able to collect points?
    Thanking you,
    Cindy

    • finder Customer Care
      LouSeptember 30, 2016Staff

      Hi Cindy,

      Thanks for your question.

      If you have a credit card that lets you earn Velocity frequent flyer points, you should be able to collect points when paying for a regular purchase of products or services to a merchant that accepts your card. The exclusions on when you won’t earn points depend on the credit card you are holding.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    carlaJuly 20, 2016

    I have made several domestic flights in Australia and to NZ. How can i upload this information in my account so i’ll get points ?

    • finder Customer Care
      SallyJuly 29, 2016Staff

      Hi Carla,

      Thanks for your question.

      If you’re already a Velocity frequent flyer, you can claim missing points for flights made with Virgin Australia and its partners. You can make claims within six months of travel, so long as you were already a Velocity Frequent Flyer.

      You can claim points by logging into your Velocity frequent flyer account, click on the “Missing Points Claims” section and follow the prompts. Please make sure to have the details of your flight (such as your flight number and booking number) handy before you make the claim.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    DougJuly 14, 2016

    Can you please send to me a list of retailers where I may collect points.

    Thanks
    Doug

    • finder Customer Care
      MayJuly 14, 2016Staff

      Hi Doug,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Please refer to the link to the page I’ve forwarded to your email, which contains information on how and where you can earn and collect Velocity frequent flyer points.

      Cheers,
      May

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    LorraineJune 3, 2016

    How can I earn velocity frequent flyer points in New Zealand? Is it only BP in Australia or is BP New Zealand part of the scheme as well.

    • finder Customer Care
      SallyJune 6, 2016Staff

      Hi Lorraine,

      Thanks for your question.

      You can earn Velocity points on flights with Air New Zealand and if you’re using a Velocity Global Wallet to make purchases in New Zealand dollars. Unfortunately, you can’t earn Velocity Points at BP stations outside of Australia, so you won’t be able to earn points in New Zealand this way.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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