Virgin Australia’s loyalty program is probably the third-most popular in New Zealand (after Airpoints and Qantas Frequent Flyer). It can be a useful program for those who fly on Virgin Australia and its partners like Singapore Airlines and Etihad Airways.
Velocity Points can be earned through credit cards, flying and bonus points promotions, and can be redeemed for award flights in all classes.
This guide is ground zero for those who are just starting off. Read on for how to join the program, earn as many points as you can, and use them for maximum value.
How to join the program
Signing up to Velocity is free and only takes a couple of minutes—just follow this link.
How to earn points
The credit cards that can let you earn Velocity Points on spend in New Zealand are cards that earn into the American Express Membership Rewards Program, namely the American Express Platinum Edge and Platinum Charge cards.
Membership Rewards points transfer to a number of major frequent flyer programs including Velocity at a rate of 1 MR Point to 0.5 Frequent Flyer Point.
There are a number of other ways to earn bonus Velocity Points, including by:
- registering for bonus points promotions
- transferring your credit card points over with a bonus
- shopping online through the Velocity eStore
- booking hotels
If you are going to make an online purchase, see if the retailer is listed on the Velocity eStore and pick up some extra Velocity Points!
You may want to consider pooling your Velocity Points with your family members to get closer to your travel goals.
If you’re just shy of a redemption, you can also buy Velocity Points.
How to redeem points
This is what you can expect on Trans-Tasman and South Pacific Business Class flights:
whilst if you are flying between the East and West Coasts of Australia, or from Australia to the US and Hong Kong, you’ll get a lie-flat seat.
You may choose to fly in Singapore Airlines’ excellent Business Class:
or even have a hot shower whilst flying in an Etihad First Apartment.
Many people aim to play the upgrade lottery, but if you don’t have status (explained below), your chances of securing a Business Class seat are reduced.
Lost as to how to start your search for an award seat? Check out this post.
Holding Velocity Gold or Platinum status is the key to unlocking a raft of premium perks with Virgin Australia and its partners, such as complimentary upgrades, lounge access and priority check-in and boarding.
If you live in New Zealand or Australia and fly or are interested in flying Virgin Australia, then the Velocity Frequent Flyer program is one worth signing up for.
Velocity Points can be used both on Virgin Australia and its partner airlines.
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