Looking to increase your Virgin Australia Velocity points balance? Credit card sign-up bonus offers are one of the easiest and cheapest ways to do it.
By applying for a new credit card, paying the annual fee (if applicable) and completing a minimum spend on the card, you could earn tens or even hundreds of thousands of Velocity Frequent Flyer points towards your next trip!
There are two ways to earn Virgin Australia Velocity points from credit card sign-up bonuses. The first option is to apply for a Velocity Frequent Flyer co-branded credit card that earns Velocity points directly. Alternatively, you could apply for a credit card that earns points with a bank-operated credit card rewards program – and then transfer some or all of the bonus points to Velocity Frequent Flyer as you need them.
As of June 2021, the best current Velocity sign-up offer belongs to the Virgin Money High Flyer credit card. With this offer, you can earn up to 100,000 Velocity points and 100 Velocity status credits! This card has an annual fee of $289, but also comes with a $129 annual Virgin Australia flight credit and two complimentary Virgin Australia Lounge passes.
See below for more details about this and other current Velocity credit card sign-up bonus point offers.
What can you do with Velocity points?
To give you a rough idea, 100,000 Velocity points could get you:
- Three return Virgin Business class flights between Sydney and Melbourne,
- Six return Virgin Economy class flights between Brisbane and Canberra,
- Two return Virgin Business class flights between Melbourne and Brisbane,
- 10 Business class upgrades from the cheapest Virgin Economy fares on short domestic flights, or
- 10 Business class upgrades from Virgin Economy Freedom fares on long domestic routes (e.g. Sydney-Perth)
This article from Frequent Flyer Solutions contains a more detailed list of what you can do with different amounts of Velocity Frequent Flyer points.
The 100 bonus status credits from the Virgin Money Velocity High Flyer offer would also get you well on your way to Virgin Australia Silver status. That requires you to earn 250 status credits (or 200 status credits to renew) and take at least two Virgin Australia flights within 12 months.
Top current Virgin Australia Velocity credit card sign-up offers
To help you choose a Velocity points credit card with a great sign-up bonus offer, we’ve put together a list of the best current Virgin credit card sign-up offers. This list is updated monthly and was last edited in June 2021.
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|Card||Bonus Points||Annual fee||Offer expiry||Minimum spend to earn bonus points|
|1. Virgin Money Velocity High Flyer||100,000 Velocity points + 100 status credits||$289||30 June 2021||Spend $3,500/month for first 4 months to earn 25,000 Velocity points per month. Spend $500 on Virgin Australia flights within 4 months to get 100 status credits.
|2. Westpac Altitude Black (Velocity)||120,000 Velocity points||$300||7 September 2021||Spend $4,000 within 90 days to earn 90,000 Qantas points. Renew to earn 30,000 points in the second year.
|3. Virgin Money Velocity Flyer||100,000 Velocity points||$129
($64 in first year)
|30 June 2021||Spend $1,500/month for first 4 months to earn 25,000 Velocity points per month.
|4. Citi Rewards||100,000 Velocity points||$199
($99 in first year)
|30 June 2021||Spend $3,000 within 90 days.
|5. St George Amplify Signature||200,000 Amplify points (worth 100,000 Velocity points)||$279||28 September 2021||Spend $12,000 within a year to earn 100,000 Amplify points. Spend $12,000 in the second year to earn another 100,000 points.
|6. Citi Prestige||200,000 Citi Rewards points (worth 100,000 Velocity points)||$700||30 June 2021||Spend $7,500 within 60 days.
|7. Amex Platinum Charge||200,000 Amex points (worth 100,000 Velocity points)||$1,450||No set expiry date||Spend $3,000 within 3 months to earn 150,000 points. Renew card for a second year to earn another 50,000 points.
|8. ANZ Rewards Black||180,000 ANZ Rewards points (worth 90,000 Velocity points)||$375
($0 in first year)
|No set expiry date||Spend $2,000 within 3 months.
Many of the current Australian credit card sign-up deals are discussed on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: AFF Credit Card Promotions Threads
Those are our picks for the best current Velocity credit card sign-up offers in Australia.
Beware that most banks impose credit card offer exclusion periods whereby bonus points are not awarded to customers who have previously held a card with that bank in the past 12-18 months.
You should also understand that applying for credit cards can negatively impact your credit rating – particularly if you apply for multiple cards within a short time. You can check your credit rating for free using services such as Equifax or Get Credit Score.
Note: This article is not financial advice. Seek professional advice before applying for credit cards, or any kind of credit for that matter.