How to Earn Virgin Australia Status
Virgin Australia Lounge, Adelaide. Photo: Virgin Australia.

Virgin Australia Velocity status comes with some great perks when you fly with Virgin and some of its partner airlines.

With Velocity Gold status, for example, you’ll enjoy access to Virgin Australia Lounges, extra baggage allowance, priority check-in, priority boarding, and bonus Velocity points on flights (except on Economy Lite tickets). In addition, Velocity Platinum members receive complimentary Economy X seating4 complimentary Business class upgrades each year and the ability to Fly Ahead on most fare types (except Economy Lite).

Virgin Australia also offers guaranteed Economy reward seats to Gold and Platinum Velocity members for an annual family holiday. Plus, you can leverage your Gold or Platinum Virgin status for a one-off complimentary hotel status match with Hilton Honors or IHG Rewards. That’s in addition to a complimentary status match with the Hertz or Europcar loyalty program.

All Velocity Frequent Flyer members start out with Red membership. But by earning Velocity status credits and flying eligible sectors you can upgrade to Silver, Gold or Platinum membership. This guide explains how to earn Virgin Australia status…


Earn Velocity Status Credits by Flying

To upgrade to a higher Velocity status tier, you’ll need to earn a minimum number of status credits and fly a minimum number of Virgin Australia flight sectors within any 12-month period:

Status tier Status credits to attain Status credits to renew Eligible “VA” sectors required
Silver 250 200 2
Gold 500 400 4
Platinum 1,000 800 8

You can earn status credits when flying with Virgin Australia and most partner airlines. However, the 2, 4 or 8 Virgin flight segments you’ll need to qualify for Silver, Gold or Platinum status must be earned on flights marketed by Virgin Australia (i.e. with a “VA” flight number). Note that Virgin Australia Economy Lite fares do not qualify as eligible Velocity sectors.

The number of status credits you’ll earn for each flight depends on its distance and your fare class. On purely domestic itineraries within Australia, the following earn rates apply:

New Velocity status credit earn table August 2021
New Velocity domestic status credit earning table as of 19 August 2021.

For domestic flights, the status credit earn rate for Economy Lite fares is very low. But by upgrading to an Economy Choice fare, which also includes checked baggage and seat selection, you can earn triple the amount of status credits. The price difference between Economy Lite and Economy Choice is typically only $20, so this would seem like a no-brainer if you’re chasing Virgin Australia status!

Business Class airfares, as you would expect, earn status credits at a significantly higher rate than Economy Class.

The earning tables look slightly different for Virgin Australia international short-haul flights, including trans-Tasman routes and services to Bali or the Pacific Islands:

New Velocity status credit earning table for international short-haul flights as of 19 August 2021
New Velocity status credit earning table for international short-haul flights as of 19 August 2021.

The following earn rates used to apply to long-haul Virgin Australia flights and domestic flights taken as part of an international long-haul itinerary. Although Virgin Australia suspended all long-haul flights in March 2020, these earn rates continue to apply to all partner airline flights:

Virgin Australia status credit earn on long-haul and partner airline flights
Virgin Australia status credit earn on long-haul and partner airline flights

To check which specific fare classes earn at each rate on flights with Virgin Australia’s partner airlines, you can check the charts for each airline on the Velocity Frequent Flyer website.

These are Virgin Australia’s partner airlines:

Virgin Australia partner airlines as of 2021
Virgin Australia partner airlines as of 2021.


Earn Velocity Status Credits on the Ground

There are also a couple of ways to supplement your Velocity status credits on the ground…

Earning status credits at Coles via Flybuys

Virgin partners with Coles’ Flybuys program to offer Velocity status credits on your supermarket shopping. You can earn 1 Velocity status credit per $100 spent at Coles, up to 10 status credits per month.

With a maximum of 120 status credits per year available, you won’t earn any meaningful status from shopping at Coles. But this is a handy way to top up your balance if you’re a little short.

Earn status credits from credit card offers

From time to time, you can earn bonus Velocity status credits as part of limited-time credit card sign-up promotions.

You’ll find this month’s best Virgin Australia credit card sign-up offers in this article, which is updated monthly: Best Virgin Australia Velocity Credit Card Sign-up Offers

Amex Velocity Platinum offer with status credits
Example of a credit card sign-up offer that includes bonus status credits.

You can also earn an extra 100 Velocity status credits by spending at least $50,000 with an Amex Velocity Platinum credit card each year.


How to Earn More Status Credits

Taking more flights and booking more expensive fares are obvious ways to earn more status credits. Here are a few more specific strategies…

Status runs

If you’re falling short of the status credits needed to reach the next tier, you could consider a status run. This is where you book a trip that maximises the number of status credits earned for the amount spent. Here are some recent examples of lucrative Virgin Australia routes for status runs.

AFF members also often post great status runs they find on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: The Velocity Status Run Master thread

Family pooling

Family pooling is an extremely handy benefit that makes it easier to earn Virgin Australia status if you have family members that travel. You can use this to pool all of the Velocity points and status credits earned by up to 2 adults and 4 children living in the same household into one account.

For example, if you’re a family of five, you could potentially earn 5x status credits into your personal account when you go on holiday together.

Double status credit offers

Keep an eye out for double status credit offers which come around from time to time. Some are targeted, while others are open to all Velocity members. The most recent double Velocity status credits offer ran from 3-10 August 2021.


Velocity Gold Status Fast-Tracks

It is possible to obtain Gold Velocity status without earning 500 status credits via the Pilot Gold program. Any business that signs up for the Virgin Australia Accelerate program is eligible to give out two Pilot Gold memberships. Pilot Gold members automatically receive all the benefits of Velocity Gold status for a 3 month trial period. This status can be extended for a further 12 months by earning just 80 Velocity status credits and taking at least one Virgin Australia flight during the 3-month trial.

Virgin also offers Explore Gold status to Flybuys members and frequent flyers of competing airlines from time to time. This similarly comes with 3 months of complimentary Velocity Gold status, which can be extended by completing the same challenge that is set for Pilot Gold members.

Virgin doesn’t typically offer outright status matches outside of special promotions. There may be occasional exceptions, but you shouldn’t count on this.


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