BP terminates Velocity Agreement effective 30 June 2017 - Velocity sues

Discussion in 'Virgin Australia Velocity' started by BillytheFIsh, May 10, 2017.

  1. BillytheFIsh

    BillytheFIsh Member

    Mar 17, 2014
    It seems BP is trying to get out of its marriage with Velocity early and VA is not happy about it, filing a claim in the Queensland Supreme Court:

    File Summary

    Some details here:


    They mediated twice with a retired High Court judge and couldn't resolve their differences, so are off to Court.
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  2. Comoman

    Comoman Active Member

    Nov 4, 2011
    Wow - that didn't last long! Going to be tough to unwind.
  3. dajop

    dajop Senior Member

    Jul 1, 2002
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    #3 dajop, May 10, 2017
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    Not entirely surprising given BP's deal with Woolworths.
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  4. AustraliaPoochie

    AustraliaPoochie Established Member

    Thanks for the tip.
    Will keep making sure to ask each time I visit a BP to buy things, or more so, OTR in South Aust.
  5. theblank

    theblank Active Member

    Aug 3, 2014
    i gather they will be repainting all the signs anyway :)
    I am more annoyed that the Woolworths petrol stations will be converting to BP, which means their prices will be going up by 7 cents a litre, at least.
    (and thats not taking into account the 4c woolworths discounts)> I dunno what its like in other areas, but BP charge way more than everyone else around here.
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  6. NoName

    NoName Active Member

    Aug 1, 2012
    For me BP is just about the cheapest I can get without going right out of my way. Combine that with the velocity pts & no surcharge for AMEX and they are my go to station. I fill up a couple of times a week with them. Will be disappointing when the Velocity deal is no more.
  7. Jurahn

    Jurahn Established Member

    Mar 3, 2011
    Perth, WA
    Quite the opposite experience here - getting Velocity points is about the only "plus" for us in fuelling up at BP. Their prices are usually well above the other fuel retailers in the area, and of the 5 BPs that are easily accessible to us (near home or on the way to/from work), 4 have an AMEX surcharge.
  8. burmans

    burmans Senior Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    This question seems to be fairly regularly canvassed on this forum and there appears to be no defined pattern, some areas BP are cheap, some they are more expensive.
  9. clipped_wings

    clipped_wings Member

    Feb 7, 2016
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    I wonder if it's because the affiliation wasn't the revenue generating bonanza BP thought it would be. Perhaps it couldn't offset the fact that they charge way above what the station across the street charges. Or the fact that half the time your Velocity card wouldn't work in their outdated POS systems. Or could it be their dumb TV promos weren't that great. Or that the points took forever to appear.

    Or............should I keep going?
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  10. Falcs

    Falcs Member

    Dec 12, 2013
    BP is very inconsistent here in Sydney - there's one nearby which is cheap, so I've ended up using it reasonably frequently. But more often than not BP are the second most expensive to Shell/Coles Express. I've stopped collecting the Coles fuel vouchers because they're more than 4c more expensive 99% of the time.
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  11. eastwest101

    eastwest101 Established Member

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    I am not an expert so we will see how the court case goes - will all hinge on the definitions in the original legal agreement.
  12. samh004

    samh004 Enthusiast

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    On the Gold Coast they're outrageously priced sometimes. Certainly more than the United, 7-Eleven and Woolworths-Caltex all in my area.

    As for the actual topic, I can see why they need to end their partnership considering they've bought into Woolworths service. They didn't actively seek out a deal with Qantas but because of Woolworths deal with Qantas it puts them in a tricky position. Could be very interesting if for a small period of time you could choose your frequent flyer program or even double dip.

    Sort of unfortunate I just got a Starcard because of Qantas Business Rewards as I might need the BP equivalent soon.
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  13. aaronm

    aaronm Member

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    Seem to recall the outlet near OOL being at least 20c a litre more expensive than the nearby Coles Express, presumably to capture that lucrative "return rental with full tank" market.

    I feel like in this case Velocity are better off seeking some sort of compensation from BP for ending the agreement early, better than having a partner who is actively trying to ditch you!
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  14. andye

    andye Established Member

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    Another aspect is that since the original deal, Velocity have effectively partnered with Shell via Flybuys
  15. drron

    drron Enthusiast

    Jul 4, 2002
    Sunshine Coast
    On the sunny coast BP are usually the dearest and cheapest.Unfortunately the ones near us are usually the dearest.The BP at Palmwoods often makes the grade as the cheapest on the coast.Near us the Coles/shell are quite often the cheapest.
  16. esseeeayeenn

    esseeeayeenn Established Member

    Jul 2, 2014
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    In Perth BP are very expensive. So much so that I only used them when Velocity had a bonus points offer. I find the cheapest are independents like Vibe - especially with an IGA receipt. No AMEX surcharge. But no FF points either!
  17. straitman


    Apr 27, 2003
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    Likewise in Gippsland. Not sure how they sell any fuel due their prices.
  18. trippin_the_rift

    trippin_the_rift Established Member

    Apr 2, 2006
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    If outlet A gives Velocity points, and outlet B gives Qantas points, do you really care where you shop?

    Most Australians would collect both currencies, right?
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  19. clipped_wings

    clipped_wings Member

    Feb 7, 2016
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    That's a yes from me. I am a long time Woolies rewards card member (as well as Coles) so I shouldn't complain. With my spend at Woolworths I can choose from either QFF points or Christmas bonus points to redeem at the checkout in mid December.

    Hmmmm, points for an airline I hardly fly, or a nice fat ham leg on the Chrissy table?

    CJEMNMAC Active Member

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    I am in the dearest BP camp... BP always 8 - 10 cents dearer than say Woolworths before 4c discount.

    A lot of people feel it is dearer and based on fact, a lot are dearer, so benefit / cost does not stack up

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