Welcome to AFFHi new member here
Good idea. Assuming that the pooling will take you to exactly 500 SC (however, depending on how many SC you have now and how many the SC your next flight will award you), you'll need another 500 more to become Platinumwife and I are pooling status & points and on the next flight will finally make Gold status.
I'd first ask - is your travel for work/work funded/mix? or purely personal funded?to help us in our quest to hit Platinum with the comp Gold for my wife and then maintaining both?
If it's work funded/mix - then great you can always sneak in an extra sector here and there to get more SC's and with pooling you'll get SC's for two passengers into your account
If the travel is purely self-funded - Assuming these are essential trips to make and are made often, then a platinum would make sense otherwise, a Gold is always a sweet spot to be in in terms of airline FF programs
Perth is interesting, because of it's distance from other major hubs, a return business class (J) ticket on the discounted fare (class I, D) to SYD or MEL will give you 180SC/passenger. Add another leg to AKL (Auckland) or CHC (Christchurch), you will get another 120SC/passenger return. So all in all a return fare from PER-MEL-AKL will give 300SC/passenger for roughly about A$1300 (fares might wary depending on day/date of travel)Any initial advice for us being Perth based
Now, there are many other routes that you can try to get more SC and always as thumb rule - more stopover, more SC's
So next time you book your Virgin flight, try and add a stopover (if it's not costing you too much) and get more SC's
Also, another key thing to note is SC/$ value - it's always valuable to check how many SC's you are going to for every $ spent. Try and keep this ratio as little as possible to get maximum gains. This factor brings us to the Double Status Credit (DSC) promos run by airlines. Virgin, typically has one every February and might have one later in the calendar year. Have a look out for these promos, as basically, you'd be getting SC for every eligible flight taken and in your case, with the pooling, 4 times SC
You may also try the classic Hobart/Launceston to Dunedin return in J on a class I/D fare and net roughly 360SC/passenger during normal times and 720SC/passenger during the aforementioned DSC.
Hope I've given you some information to get started with. If you've got any follow up questions you are always welcome to post and as always happy to helpI am slowly trying to get through the 106 pages but thought an expert may be able to give some quick pointers.
Note : I'm kinda new too, it's only been 2 years since I got into this whole airline status thingy and some other members in this forum might have a better suggestion to mine and if that's the case, I'd be happy to hear those suggestions as it will help me (& others) up my/our game