What Are Velocity Cards?
Velocity is the Virgin Australia rewards program, and Velocity points you earn will go towards flights with the Virgin group of airlines. The Velocity program features over 40 different card options and every $1 spent with your Velocity card earns you between 1 and 1.5 Velocity points depending on the card you choose.
To get points with the Velocity program you can either request points from your credit card transferred over to your Velocity account, or you can sign up for a co-branded card. Velocity has co-branded credit cards with Virgin Money, American Express and NAB.
Velocity Cards - How to Choose the Best?
For those who don’t want any fuss, make sure you go with a co-branded card, so you don’t have to worry about transferring points or checking balances somewhere other than your card statement. Also, think about how much you are travelling domestically and how much you go overseas before deciding between cards.
The American Express Velocity Platinum card offers the most points value per dollar spend, at 1.5 points per $1. If you don’t use American Express outlets though, you will want a Visa or Mastercard option.
Avoid the biggest mistakes
Before choosing, decide how much travel you’re likely to do. If you will only be travelling within Australia, and might want to do some shopping with your points as well, the Virgin Flyer is the go, but if you’re planning an Asia, Europe or US trip, you’ll want the High Flyer option. The annual fee is worthwhile then.
Most importantly, before you try and book complementary domestic flights check the booking site or merchant is a participating retailer and won’t try and charge you for both flights.
Also don’t forget that if you don’t want to fly Virgin all the time, you’d need to use the rest of the rewards program to your advantage, or you’ll need to be happy to fly Virgin from now on.
Velocity Cards - Frequently Asked Questions
No, Velocity points technically do not expire, however the Velocity website states that accounts which have no points earned or redeemed within a three year period may become inactive and be closed. Any remaining points balance would be terminated if that happened.
This is known as the ‘three year rule’ and applies from the date the Velocity account was opened.
Yes, you can transfer your Velocity points balance (up to a certain amount) to eligible family members. You can make up to four transfers per year, and should read the section entitled ‘Points Transfers’ in the Velocity terms and conditions to find out more.
Here are examples of Velocity Points required for reward seats on flights;
(source; Velocity Rewards website, 1 June 2016)