19 ways to earn Velocity frequent flyer points

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

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As well as collecting points when you fly with Virgin Australia or a partner airline, the Velocity Frequent Flyer program has a range of partners that allow you to earn points for all kinds of everyday spending.

From credit cards to hotel bookings and supermarket shopping, let's take a look at all the different ways you can earn Velocity Points and get rewarded faster.

1. Flights with Virgin Australia or its partners

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:

AirlinePoints you can earn
Virgin Australia5 Points per $1 spent on all eligible domestic fares (plus bonus points for Velocity Gold, Silver and Platinum status members).

Up to 5 Velocity Points per $1 spent on eligible Trans Tasman flights and international short haul flights.

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Etihad AirwaysUp to 4 Velocity Points earn rate per mileBook flights
Hawaiian AirlinesUp to 1.5 Velocity Points earn rate per mileBook flights
Air CanadaUp to 1.5 Velocity points earn rate per mileBook flights
Capital AirlinesUp to 3 Velocity Points earn rate per mileBook flights
Delta Air LinesUp to 2 Velocity Points earn rate per mileBook flights
Fly PelicanUp to 2 Velocity Points earn rate per $1 spentBook flights
Hainan AirlinesUp to 3 Velocity Points earn rate per mileBook flights
Hong Kong AirlinesUp to 2 Velocity Points earn rate per mileBook flights
Singapore AirlinesUp to 2 Velocity Points earn rate per mileBook flights
South African AirwaysUp to 1.5 Velocity Points earn rate per mileBook flights
Tianjin AirlinesUp to 3 Velocity Points earn rate per mileBook flights
Virgin AtlanticUp to 2 Velocity Points earn rate per mileBook flights

Note: Due to COVID-19 international travel restrictions, Virgin Australia has temporarily paused airline bookings on partner airlines. Travellers may book flights directly on the partner airlines' websites. Velocity members will still be able to get Frequent Flyer benefits, including earning points and status credits.

2. Spend with a Velocity credit card

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

Name Product Bonus points Rewards program Rewards points per $ spent Purchase rate Annual fee
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer Offer
N/A
Velocity Frequent Flyer
0.66
20.74% p.a.
$0 annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Get 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 28 months and a $0 annual fee in the first year.
American Express Velocity Platinum Card
120,000
Velocity Frequent Flyer
1.25
20.74% p.a.
$375
120,000 bonus Velocity Points & 120 Velocity Status Credits when you spend $4,500 in the first 3 months.
American Express Velocity Escape Card
10,000
Velocity Frequent Flyer
0.75
20.74% p.a.
$0
Get 10,000 bonus Velocity Points when you spend $750 in the first 3 months, 0.75 points on your everyday purchases, uncapped, and a $0 annual fee for the life of the card.
American Express Velocity Business Card
75,000
Velocity Frequent Flyer
1
0% p.a.
$249
ABN holders w/ $75,000 revenue. Receive 75,000 bonus Velocity Points when you spend $3,000 in the first 2 months.
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3. Use rideshare services

Users of the rideshare app Ola, can earn 2 points per $1 spent on eligible rides to and from selected airports, and 1 point per $1 spent on all other rides. Airports include:

  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
  • Adelaide
  • Canberra
  • Perth
  • Gold Coast
  • Avalon
  • Auckland
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch

4. Book accommodation with Velocity partners

Book a hotel through Virgin Australia Holidays and 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 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

5. Shop 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 1,000 Velocity Points, giving you an earn rate of 0.5 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?

6. Shop using BNPL solution bundll

Be rewarded for being responsible with your BNPL (buy now pay later) shopping. Earn 1 Velocity Point for every $5 you pay off on your bundll account. You can even "double dip" on flights. Simply pay for Virgin Australia flights with your bundll MasterCard and not only will you earn Velocity Points on the flight you'll also earn points when you pay it off.

7. Hire a car

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:

PartnerRedSilverGoldPlatinum
Europcar44.55.256
Hertz34.55.256
Thrifty34.55.256

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.

8. Organise 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.

9. Go on a cruise

Sail away and earn 3 points per $1 spent when you book a cruise through Cruisepilot.

10. Fly your pet

You can earn a minimum of 300 points when your book a flight with Virgin Australia for your pet. You earn more points the higher your status.

Number of pet carriersRedSilverGoldPlatinum
1300 points450 points525 points600 points
2 (maximum)600 points900 points1,050 points1,200 points

11. Earn Velocity Points with petinsurance.com.au

Sign up for a petinsurance.com.au pet insurance policy to protect furry loved one you'll earn 3 Velocity Points per $1 spent on premiums paid. Include your Velocity Frequent Flyer number when you're applying for the cover.

12. Get your car serviced

Earn 2 points per $1 spent on vehicle maintenance, maintenance services and log book services at over 85 Midas Service Centres across Australia.

13. Parking

Park your car with Looking4Parking and 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.

14. Shop at the Velocity eStore

Shop with some of Australia's favourite brands including Apple, David Jones, THE ICONIC, Booktopia and more via the Velocity eStore to earn Velocity Points. The earn rates vary between retailers, so check out the eStore for more details.

15. Buy through Virgin Wines

Take advantage of exclusive offers and earn 2 Velocity Points per $1 spent through Virgin Wines. Similarly, earn 3 points per $1 spent on a Wine Plan.

16. Virgin Money car insurance

Save 15% on your first year's premium and earn up to 10,000 Velocity Points when you buy Virgin comprehensive car insurance online.

17. Send packages and mail with Sendle

Earn 1 Velocity Point per $1 spent on every parcel delivery with Sendle.

18. Switch to 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.

19. 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 a range of flights with the Virgin Fare Advantage 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 Pilot Gold Memberships when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 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.

Other ways to top up and manage your Velocity account

  • Buy Velocity Points. If you don't have enough points to redeem your ideal reward, you can purchase more to cover the gap. You can buy up to 250,000 Velocity Points per calendar year in increments of 1,000.
  • Family pooling and points transfers. Family pooling allows you to group your points into one account. 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. You can transfer points from your account to the account of an eligible family member, up to 4 times per membership year.

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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?

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      JhezJune 28, 2018Staff

      Hello Raj,

      Thank you for your comment.

      We have the list of the banks that earn Velocity points. It serves as a guide to know the ins and outs of the 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. Please feel free to read our guide entitled, “Can I transfer my frequent flyer points or miles to another program?” This should help you learn more about transfer points.

      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?

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      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

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      DeeMay 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.

      Just in case, you may also want to consider credit cards with bonus points but without annual fees.

      I hope this helps.

      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.

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      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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