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60,000 Spend $3,000 within the first 3 months
American Express Velocity Platinum Credit Card
American Express Velocity Platinum Credit Card

American Express Credit Cards

American Express Velocity Platinum Credit Card

Updated 16 May 2024

Receive 60,000 bonus Velocity Points when you apply online by 26 June 2024, are approved, and spend $3,000 on eligible purchases on your new Card within the first 3 months. Enjoy platinum benefits including complimentary domestic flights, lounge passes, 100 Velocity Frequent Flyer Status Credits, travel insurance, and more. New American Express Card Members only. T&Cs apply.

Points Earn Rate (per $1 spent)

1.25 points

Velocity

Rewards Program

Velocity Frequent Flyer

Bonus Points

60,000 pts

Spend $3,000 within the first 3 months

Pros and cons

  • Receive 60,000 bonus Velocity Points when you apply online by 26 June 2024, are approved, and spend $3,000 on eligible purchases on your new Card within the first 3 months. T&Cs apply. Available to new Card Members only.
  • Earn 1.25 Velocity Points per $1 spent, except government bodies where you will earn 0.5 Velocity Points per $1 spent
  • Earn 2.25 Velocity Points per $1 spent on selected purchases with Virgin Australia.
  • Receive 100 Velocity Frequent Flyer Status Credits, when you spend a minimum of $50,000 (on Eligible Spend) within your membership year
  • Up to 4 additional cards for family members at no extra cost
  • Complimentary Return Domestic Flight on Virgin Australia each year
  • Complimentary Domestic and International Travel Insurance (including limited cover related to COVID-19, T&Cs apply)
  • Enjoy two complimentary single entry passes to the Virgin Australia lounge each year at selected domestic airports
  • Enjoy two complimentary entries per year to the Centurion® Lounge, located at Sydney International Airport or Melbourne International Airport

  • No balance transfers
  • High standard interest rates apply - you need to pay off this card in full each month

Creditcard.com.au review

Editor Review

American Express Velocity Platinum Credit Card

Pauline Hatch
Pauline is a personal finance expert at CreditCard.com.au, with 8 years in money, budgeting and property reporting under her belt. about this card.

Point calculations are accurate as of 2 April 2024 but may be subject to change without notice. All routes may have additional taxes and charges. Check on the official American Express page for the updated calculations.

The American Express Velocity Platinum Card is a real winner for those who are flying Virgin regularly or using one of the airlines in the Virgin group. Especially with 60,000 bonus Velocity Points offer. Add to this a complimentary return domestic flight when you sign up with this card, and one every year after to keep you flying more often. With that comes entry to the Virgin Australia lounge twice per year so you know you’ll be able to travel in style. Plus, enjoy two complimentary entries per year to the Centurion® Lounge, located at Sydney International Airport or Melbourne International Airport. Cardholders need to simply present their physical eligible cards to gain lounge access.

What we love...

This card is absolutely packed with benefits for the $375 annual fee. Receive 60,000 bonus Velocity Points when you apply online by 26 June 2024, are approved, and spend $3,000 on eligible purchases on your new Card within the first 3 months. The 60,000 bonus Velocity Points will be awarded to the eligible Card Member’s account 8-10 weeks after the spend criteria has been met.

The bonus points can be redeemed for travel to destinations around Australia and when the time comes, to your favourite spots around the world. You can also use the bonus points for car hire, hotel stays, or shopping online at the Velocity Rewards Store for a range of exciting products and gift cards.

With 60,000 points, you could fly return in business from Melbourne to Sydney for 36,800 points, or use it to purchase an Apple $250 Gift Card for 50,850 points at Velocity Rewards Store.

This is a great credit card when you don't run a balance on it. On top of the introductory bonus points, you can also enjoy a complimentary domestic return Virgin flight & two single entry lounge passes each year. Plus you can get 100 Velocity Frequent Flyer Status Credits when you spend a minimum of $50,000 within your membership year.

As a card member, you can take advantage of up to 4 free additional cards, automatic enrollment into the Velocity Rewards program, two complimentary entries into the Virgin Australia lounge each year, access to American Express Travel Services, complimentary insurances, Card Refund and Card Purchase Covers, an Online Fraud Protection Guarantee, Emergency Card Replacement, and 24/7 Global customer service.

The Amex Velocity Platinum allows you to earn points every time you use your card. Get a free supplementary card for a family member and earn points faster. The points are transferred directly to your Velocity Account each month. You can redeem them for a range of flights, accommodation, car hire, gift cards and much more.

  • Earn 1.25 Velocity Points per $1 spent, except government bodies where you will earn 0.5 Velocity Points per $1 spent
  • Earn 2.25 Velocity Points per $1 spent on selected purchases with Virgin Australia

Pay for eligible travel on your card and get complimentary domestic and international Travel Insurance (including limited cover related to COVID-19, T&Cs apply). Travel Inconvenience Insurance will cover you for flight delays, missed connections or delayed luggage.

You can also enjoy a free domestic return flight each year! The complimentary domestic economy Virgin Australia return flight is available between selected Australian cities and is available for booking by American Express Velocity Platinum Card members after your first Card spend in the first year, and then after your first Card spend each year after the anniversary of your Card membership. All flights are subject to availability and neither Virgin Australia nor American Express guarantee that seats or tickets will be available on the dates or at the times you may wish to fly. Seat availability may be limited to certain dates and/or flights and it may be more difficult to book seats around public holidays, school holidays or special events. Some flights may not have any seats available. Route availability is subject to change without notice. The complimentary flight is not eligible for Velocity Points and/or Status Credits earn.

What’s not so great...

One worth mentioning is the high interest rate on purchases. Therefore this card is best suited for someone that pays their balance off in time.

Overall Rating

Take advantage of American Express Velocity Platinum Credit Card’s awesome offers with 60,000 bonus Velocity Points, complimentary flights, lounge passes and insurances. Not to be missed!

User reviews

American Express Velocity Platinum Credit Card ( based on 4 Creditcard.com.au user reviews )

82% rating based on 4 reviews

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Fees
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Value
90%

GRLpGpAG

15 May 2023

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Creditcard.com.au Visitor

28 January 2013

Choose this one for 0% purchases for first 6 months and 30,000 bonus points. You get a free flight each year, access to the Virgin Lounge, some really good insurances for shopping and travelling. You can also earn points quickly on travel and on things you buy on the card everyday.

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Rates and fees

Interest rates



Purchase rate 23.99% p.a.

Cash advance rate N/A

Interest free period on purchases up to 55 days

Credit limits

Minimum credit limit $3,000

Maximum credit limit N/A

Fees & repayments

Annual fee $375 p.a.

Additional cardholder fee Up to 4 at no extra cost

Foreign transaction fee 3%

Minimum repayment $30 or 2.5%, whichever is greater (personal & business); N/A (charge cards)

Cash advance fee N/A

Late payment fee $30

Rewards and points

Rewards program

Rewards Program Velocity Frequent Flyer Velocity Frequent Flyer

Bonus points 60,000 points

Annual points cap uncapped

Bonus points spend criteria Spend $3,000 within the first 3 months

Earning points with this card

Velocity Rewards points 1.25 points per $1 spent

Points cap per month N/A

Overseas earn rate same as standard earn rate

Additional features

Complimentary insurance

International Travel Insurance Yes

Flight Inconvenience Insurance Yes

Transit Accident Insurance Yes

Smartphone Screen Insurance No

Purchase Protection Insurance Yes

Extended Warranty Insurance No

Rental Vehicle Excess In Australia Insurance No

Extras

100 Velocity Frequent Flyer Status Credits (minimum spend applies)

Complimentary domestic return flight each year

Two Virgin Australia lounge passes each year

Eligible with Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Pay

Two entries per year to the Centurion® Lounge at Sydney or Melbourne International Airport

Fraud Protection Guarantee

Overview

American Express Velocity Platinum Credit Card

An excellent travel rewards credit card, the American Express Velocity Platinum allows you to earn more points so you can escape to your favourite destination sooner. Along with a range of Platinum travel perks, you can also enjoy a great introductory offer.

Key features

  • Receive 60,000 bonus Velocity Points when you apply online by 26 June 2024, are approved, and spend $3,000 on eligible purchases on your new Card within the first 3 months. T&Cs apply. Available to new Card Members only.
  • Receive 100 Velocity Frequent Flyer Status Credits, when you spend a minimum of $50,000 (on Eligible Spend) within your membership year.
  • Complimentary Domestic and International Travel Insurance (including limited cover related to COVID-19, T&Cs apply).
  • Earn 1.25 Velocity Points per $1 spent, except government bodies where you will earn 0.5 Velocity Points per $1 spent.
  • Earn 2.25 Velocity Points per $1 spent on selected purchases with Virgin Australia.
  • Complimentary Return Domestic Flight on Virgin Australia each year.
  • Enjoy two complimentary single-entry passes to the Virgin Australia lounge each year at selected domestic airports.
  • Enjoy two complimentary entries per year to the Centurion® Lounge, located at Sydney International Airport or Melbourne International Airport.
  • Up to 4 additional cards for family members at no extra cost

Minimum criteria to apply for this card

  • Be over 18 years old

  • Good Credit and have not applied for multiple credit cards recently

  • Australian citizen or permanent resident or hold a long term visa. Long term means at least 12 months and does not include student visas.

  • You have your personal details ready to complete the online application

Pauline

Pauline is a personal finance expert at CreditCard.com.au, with 8 years in money, budgeting and property reporting under her belt. Pauline is passionate about seeing Aussies win by making their money – and their credit cards – work smarter, harder and bigger

Recently Asked Questions

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51 questions (showing the latest 10 Q&As)

amac

amac

17 April 2024
Hi I have a Corporate Amex can I still apply for the American Express Velocity Platinum offer? Im also interested in what qualifies as Eligible purchases -$3000? thanks A
    Pauline - CreditCard.com.au

    Pauline

    6 May 2024
    Hi A, If you have a Corporate Amex, you can still apply for the American Express Velocity Platinum offer. When it comes to eligible purchases though, card issuers like American Express don't usually have a published list. Generally, eligible purchases include everyday retail transactions like buying groceries, filling up your car, dining out, and similar expenses.
Deborah

Deborah

10 April 2024
Hi is paying for an international cruise an eligible transaction - just checking as looking at the Amex Express Velocity Card and it mentions that international conversion is not eligible. Thanks Looking for best rewards as a Velocity member
    Pauline - CreditCard.com.au

    Pauline

    18 April 2024
    Hi Deborah! An international cruise sounds amazing! The terms say “fees and charges for traveller’s cheques and foreign currencies” are ineligible for points, which is referring to currency conversion fees and other costs of exchanging foreign currency. It doesn’t specify that overseas transactions are ineligible, but does say you’ll earn points per Australian dollar (after conversion). To double check you can call Amex directly. Thanks Deborah!
Dimitria

Dimitria

17 March 2024
Hi, what are the details of the Travel Insurance terms and conditions for the American Express Velocity Platinum Credit Card? Thanks
    Pauline - CreditCard.com.au

    Pauline

    20 March 2024
    Hi Dimitria, you can find details of the American Express Velocity Platinum card on their credit card insurance PDS here. You can find information about the T&Cs, benefits, eligibility of coverage, and some general exclusions.
Janette

Janette

29 January 2024
Hi, wondering what is the card limit ie $15,000???
    Pauline - CreditCard.com.au

    Pauline

    31 January 2024
    Hi Janette, the minimum credit limit you can be approved for the American Express Velocity Platinum card is $3,000. The credit card application is subject to Amex’s review and approval, and the approved credit limit depends on factors such as your credit history, annual income, assets, liabilities and many other factors that Amex assesses.
Iggy

Iggy

21 March 2023
Hi, Can the American Express Velocity Platinum Credit Card be canceled any time? Is there a fee in doing so?
    Pauline - CreditCard.com.au

    Pauline

    22 March 2023
    Hi Iggy, I’m just going to reply to your 3 comments with this one for clarity. So, yes, you can request to close any of your credit card accounts at any time. However, please keep in mind that you must settle any outstanding balance (including fees and interest) on the account before it can be fully closed.
Solène Pincé

Solène Pincé

25 February 2023
Hello Pauline, I’ve been reading on credit cards a lot lately. I’m already using Flybuys for Velocity Points. And travels each year to France and several times a year domestically. I’m after a credit card for maximum travel points that I could also use overseas. It doesn’t seems to have one that does frequent travel program and 0% international fee. Should I sign up for two different cards? One for australia for frequent flyer and one for international travel? Thank you in advance for your help.
    Pauline - CreditCard.com.au

    Pauline

    27 February 2023
    Hi there Solene, Using flybuys to earn Velocity Points is a great way to boost your points balance, so well done on that 👏! Credit providers usually offer 0% FX fees or rewards points with their credit cards. There are some cards that offer an increased point per dollar earning on international spend, but they’re few and far between. Browse a range of no foreign transaction fee credit cards and our Velocity Points credit cards, read the reviews to learn more and utilise our “save card” functionality to compare them side by side. Keep an eye out for any extras with the cards such as complimentary travel insurance, lounge passes and bonus point offers. Happy travels!
Fordy

Fordy

31 January 2023
As a Velocity member through NAB which is no longer offered, can i change to the AMEX Velocity Platinum and still receive the bonus points?
    Pauline - CreditCard.com.au

    Pauline

    1 February 2023
    Hi Fordy, as long as you haven’t held an Amex in the last 18 months or currently don’t have an Amex, the bonus points will be in play (provided you meet the spend and eligibility criteria).
Marcy

Marcy

15 November 2022
Currently I have the red Amex velocity cc, if I apply for this card do I still get all the rewards/benefits? Thanks
    Pauline - CreditCard.com.au

    Pauline

    16 November 2022
    Hi Marcy, it’s indicated in American Express’ terms that the offer is currently available to new American Express card members only.
Peter Rogers

Peter Rogers

3 May 2022
Hi, what cities can the complimentary Virgin flights be used between,? We live in Melb, so Melbourne to ??? Thank you Peter
    Pauline - CreditCard.com.au

    Pauline

    5 May 2022
    Hi Peter, Amex has an interactive map where you can check out your destinations. in your cities. It looks like you can go all the way up to the Sunshine Coast, as west as Adelaide, and the entire east coast even down to Hobart.
Michael Perry

Michael Perry

12 March 2022
i am just short of the earning criteria can i still apply or add my spouses earning too
    Pauline - CreditCard.com.au

    Pauline

    14 March 2022
    Hi Michael, Amex sets out pretty stringent criteria for their credit cards. If you don’t meet them it wouldn’t be worth applying, as you’ll probably be knocked back and end up with a negative mark on your credit file. There are a range of velocity points earning credit cards on the market, and while the Amex Velocity Platinum is a powerful card, it definitely pays to compare what else is out there.
Garry Hanstead

Garry Hanstead

22 January 2021
Roland, can you advise what, if any, benefit/renumeration you are receiving from the companies whosecards you are recommending?
    Roland B Bleyer - CreditCard.com.au Founder

    Roland

    25 January 2021
    Hi Garry, the business has recently passed out of my hands. So at this time I receive no remuneration. Bottom line, what is your question and I will assist as best I can?
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