Virgin Australia status comes with some great perks when you fly with Virgin and its partner airlines. With Gold Velocity status, you’ll enjoy access to Virgin Australia Lounges, extra baggage allowance, priority check-in, priority boarding and the ability to upgrade long-haul Virgin Australia flights using Velocity points. In addition, Platinum Velocity members receive complimentary Economy X seats on most flights and 4 complimentary Business class upgrades each year.
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 complimentary hotel status match with Hilton Honors or IHG Rewards Club.
All Velocity Frequent Flyer members start out with Red membership. But by earning Velocity status credits 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:
- Attain Velocity Silver status: Earn 250 status credits (200 status credits to renew) and fly 2 Virgin Australia sectors
- Attain Velocity Gold status: Earn 500 status credits (400 status credits to renew) and fly 4 Virgin Australia sectors
- Attain Velocity Platinum status: Earn 1,000 status credits (800 status credits to renew) and fly 8 Virgin Australia sectors
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).
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:
For domestic flights, Getaway fares earn at the horrible “Restricted Economy” rates. Elevate fares earn as “Discount Economy” while flexible Freedom tickets earn “Economy” status credits. The sweet spot here, if you’re keen to maximise your Velocity status credits, is often to pay for Elevate fares. These are normally only a little more expensive than Getaway tickets but earn a lot more status credits.
The earning tables look slightly different for Virgin Australia international short-haul flights, including trans-Tasman routes and services to Bali, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands:
The following earn rates apply to long-haul Virgin Australia flights to/from Los Angeles or Hong Kong, domestic flights taken as part of an international long-haul itinerary, and all partner airline flights:
Earn Velocity Status Credits at Coles
There are also a couple of ways to supplement your Velocity status credits on the ground. 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.
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…
If you’re falling short of the status credits needed to reach the next tier, you could consider a status run. See our guide to the best value Virgin Australia status runs.
Family pooling is an extremely handy benefit and makes it much easier to earn Virgin Australia status if you have family members that travel. You can pool all of the Velocity points and status credits earned by up to 2 adults and 4 children living in the same household. So for example, if you’re a family of five, you could earn 5x status credits in 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. There is a Velocity double status credits promotion running from 1-12 February 2019. Before that, the most recent promotion was in November 2018 but was only applicable to trans-Tasman flights.
Gold Velocity 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 Virgin’s 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 from time to time. This similarly comes with 3 months of complimentary Gold Velocity 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. But it just so happens that there is a special promotion on at the moment! Until the end of July 2018, Virgin is offering complimentary status matches to federal government employees with Qantas status.