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:
|Airline||Points you can earn|
|Virgin Australia||5 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.
|Etihad Airways||Up to 4 Velocity Points earn rate per mile||Book flights|
|Hawaiian Airlines||Up to 1.5 Velocity Points earn rate per mile||Book flights|
|Air Canada||Up to 1.5 Velocity points earn rate per mile||Book flights|
|Capital Airlines||Up to 3 Velocity Points earn rate per mile||Book flights|
|Delta Air Lines||Up to 2 Velocity Points earn rate per mile||Book flights|
|Fly Pelican||Up to 2 Velocity Points earn rate per $1 spent||Book flights|
|Hainan Airlines||Up to 3 Velocity Points earn rate per mile||Book flights|
|Hong Kong Airlines||Up to 2 Velocity Points earn rate per mile||Book flights|
|Singapore Airlines||Up to 2 Velocity Points earn rate per mile||Book flights|
|South African Airways||Up to 1.5 Velocity Points earn rate per mile||Book flights|
|Tianjin Airlines||Up to 3 Velocity Points earn rate per mile||Book flights|
|Virgin Atlantic||Up to 2 Velocity Points earn rate per mile||Book 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
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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:
- Gold Coast
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:
- 3 points per $1 spent at most domestic hotel partners
- 2 points per $1 spent at Travelodge
- 1 point per $1 spent at qualia
- 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:
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 carriers||Red||Silver||Gold||Platinum|
|1||300 points||450 points||525 points||600 points|
|2 (maximum)||600 points||900 points||1,050 points||1,200 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.
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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