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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

  • When you fly. When you fly with Virgin Australia or one of its airline partners you could earn points in the air. As a Velocity member, you can redeem your points for a trip to over 600 destinations worldwide. How many points you can earn depends on your flight, fare class and airline you fly with. We have rounded up the possible points you could earn for each of the main partnered airlines:
AirlinePoints you can earn
Virgin Australia - Book a flight5 Points per $1 spent on all eligible domestic fares
Etihad Airways - Book a flightUp to 4 Velocity points earn rate per mile
Virgin AmericaUp to 1.5 Velocity points earn rate per mile
Virgin Samoa5 Points per $1 spent on all eligible domestic fares
Delta Air LinesUp to 1.5 Velocity points earn rate per mile
Hawaiian AirlinesUp to 1.5 Velocity points earn rate per mile
Singapore AirlinesUp to 1.6 Velocity points earn rate per mile
Silk AirUp to 1.25 Velocity points earn rate per mile
AirberlinUp to 1.5 Velocity points earn rate per mile
Air New ZealandUp to 2 Velocity points earn rate per mile
Virgin AtlanticUp to 2 Velocity points earn rate per mile
South African AirwaysUp to 1.25 Velocity points earn rate per mile
  • Car hire. Once you have arrived at your holiday destination you may also want to hire a car. You can continue your point earning by hiring a car at over 12,000 destinations worldwide with Hertz, Thrifty and Europcar. Learn more about earning points on car rentals.
Velocity Points EarnedCar Rental Company
3 per $1 spent - Australia, New Zealand
800 Velocity Points per rental - Worldwide
Hertz - Book a vehicle
3 per $1 spent - Australia, New Zealand
800 Velocity Points per rental - Worldwide
Europcar - Book a vehicle
3 per $1 spent - Australia, New Zealand
800 Velocity Points per rental - Worldwide
Thrifty
  • Car service. If a road trip is more your style, book in for a car service to ensure everything's running smoothly, and prevent any possible hiccups. Midas offers three points for every $1 spent on essential, extensive and logbook services at over 85 Midas Auto Service Expert centres across Australia.
  • On fuel. A partnership with BP means you can earn two Velocity Frequent Flyer Points for every litre, up to 150 litres, of fuel purchased. A further two Velocity Points can be earned on every dollar you spend in-store, up to $100, per transaction. Learn more about earning points when you fill up the car.
  • Travel and insurance. Travel with peace of mind when you purchase Cover-More insurance as well as earning three points per $1 spent.
  • When you cruise. Sail away and earn three points per $1 spent when you book a cruise through cruise pilot.
  • On accommodation. If you book a hotel through one of the Velocity Frequent Flyer partners you could earn points on your accommodation. With over 600,000 hotels in more than 37,000 cities worldwide, there are rewards to suit any budget and any adventure.
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Earn points through everyday spending

  • Shopping at Coles and with flybuys partners. In October 2016, Coles flybuys' program joined forces with the Velocity Frequent Flyer program. This means that you can earn flybuys points when shopping at Coles, Coles Express service stations and with any of the 27 partnered retailers (including Liquorland, Kmart, Target and Telstra) and then transfer these points to your Velocity account. 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.

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

  • Global Wallet®. The Global Wallet® is a reloadable Visa prepaid card which allows you to load your own money and store it in multiple currencies. You’ll be able to spend like a local no matter where you go. As with a credit card, you can earn points on flights and all purchases made at home or overseas.
  • Wine and dine. 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.  By dining at the Babylon restaurant you could earn up to 6 points for every dollar spent.
  • Credit cards. With over 40 Velocity Frequent Flyer credit cards available from all major banks and financial institutions, earning points through every spending is more convenient than ever. With a personal credit card already linked to the Velocity rewards program, your purchases will earn you points that will be automatically allocated to your Velocity account. If you are already a member of a credit cards rewards program not linked to the Velocity rewards program you can still transfer your points to your Velocity membership. Each of the banks offer a different transfer rate, so be sure to compare your Velocity credit card options.

Credit Cards that earn Velocity Points

Rates last updated June 29th, 2017
Name Product Product Description Bonus Points Rewards Points per $ spent (VISA/MC) Rewards Points per $ spent (AMEX) Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Exclusive Offer
Earn 2 Velocity Points on top of the standard earn rate per $1 spent in the first 3 months, plus a $129 Virgin Australia Gift Voucher each year.
0.66
20.74% p.a.
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
American Express Velocity Platinum Card
Receive a complimentary Virgin Australia return Economy domestic flight each anniversary year and complimentary travel insurance.
100,000 bonus points
0
1.5
20.74% p.a.
$375 p.a.
Virgin Australia Velocity High Flyer Card - 30k Bonus Points offer
Take off sooner with up to 1 Velocity Point per $1 spent and earn up to 30,000 bonus Velocity Points. Plus, complimentary travel insurance.
30,000 bonus points
1
20.74% p.a.
$144 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($289 p.a. thereafter)
NAB Velocity Rewards Card
This dual Amex and Visa card offers up to 0.75 Velocity Points per $1 spent on eligible purchases and special Visa Entertainment offers.
0.5
0.75
19.99% p.a.
$95 p.a.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - 0% Interest Offer
Save with 0% p.a. on purchases for 12 months. Plus, up to 0.66 Velocity Points per $1 spent.
0.66
0% p.a. for 12 months (reverts to 20.74% p.a.)
$129 p.a.
American Express Velocity Business Card
Earn 1.000 points per $1 spent. Also receive up to bonus Velocity Rewards points.
0
1
$249 p.a.
ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card
Receive 40,000 bonus Velocity Points when you spend $500 on eligible purchases in the first three months.
40,000 bonus points
1.5
20.24% p.a.
$225 p.a.

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Earn points through program partners

There are many other partners linked to the Velocity rewards membership including RedBalloon, Jets Fitness, OnSport.com.au, Virgin Mobile, e-Rewards, Flight Experience, airport parking and limousine transfers. By quoting your Velocity frequent flyer membership to these companies you can continue to rack up points and redeem rewards quicker.

ProviderPoints and description
SendlePost your parcels with Sendle to save time, money and earn Velocity points.
ServcorpEarn points when you book a workplace with Servcorp across 140 locations worldwide.
Lumo EnergySwitch to Lumo Energy and earn 10,000 Velocity points, plus six points per $1 spent on energy bills.
MyPost digital mailboxStore your most important documents online, while earning 50 Velocity Points every time you pay a bill with a value of $50 or more.
Virgin Money - comprehensive car insurance Save 25% and earn 5,000 bonus Velocity points when you buy Virgin car insurance price save.
IBISWorldIBISWorld gives you access to trusted insider information on the latest market conditions. Purchasing a report will earn you Velocity frequent flyer points.
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4 ways to use the Velocity Frequent Flyer Program to earn points

family-travelThe Velocity program has a number of rewards options designed to benefit families:

  • 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.
  • Fly your pet. You can earn a minimum of 300 points when your book a flight with Virgin Australia for your pet.
  • Lounge access. If you are a platinum or gold member you are entitled to invite guest/s and family members into the Virgin Australia lounge.

Now that you know how you to accumulate Velocity points, you’ll be 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.

Sally McMullen

Sally McMullen is a journalist 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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18 Responses to How to earn Velocity frequent flyer points

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    david | June 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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      Jonathan | June 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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    david | May 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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      david | June 22, 2017

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

    • Staff
      Rench | June 22, 2017

      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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      Anndy | May 28, 2017

      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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    David | January 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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      May | January 25, 2017

      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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    Tara | January 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 :)

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      May | January 24, 2017

      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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    Cindy | September 29, 2016

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

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      Anndy | September 30, 2016

      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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    carla | July 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 ?

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      Sally | July 29, 2016

      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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    Doug | July 14, 2016

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

    Thanks
    Doug

    • Staff
      May | July 14, 2016

      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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    Lorraine | June 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.

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      Sally | June 6, 2016

      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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