Six Months of Velocity Gold Status with a New Credit Card

Velocity Gold status membership pack and card
Sign up for an eligible credit card to get a choice of rewards including six months of Velocity Gold status! Photo: Virgin Australia.

Velocity Frequent Flyer has launched an excellent new offer for Australians who apply for a new co-branded Velocity credit card by 31 May 2022, with a choice of rewards available including six months of free Virgin Australia Gold status!

By applying for an eligible new credit card that earns Velocity points, you’ll be given a choice of three bonus rewards:

  • 40,000 bonus Velocity points,
  • $300 Virgin Australia travel bank credit, or
  • Trial Velocity Frequent Flyer Gold status for six months
Velocity bonus reward options
The exclusive reward choices as shown on the Velocity website.

This reward is on top of the usual bonus sign-up points you can earn by applying for a new Velocity credit card and meeting the minimum spend criteria!

The best current Velocity sign-up bonus points offer for a personal credit card would earn you 120,000 bonus Velocity points (with the Westpac Altitude Black credit card, when opting into Altitude Velocity rewards). There’s also a current sign-up offer of 150,000 Velocity points with the Amex Velocity Business card.

Which Velocity credit cards are eligible for this offer?

To take advantage of this offer, you would need to choose your preferred reward on the Velocity Frequent Flyer website. Then, apply for any eligible Australian credit card that earns Velocity points and has an annual fee by 31 May 2022.

Here is a list of the eligible credit cards:

Card Annual Fee Everyday Velocity points earn rate Additional current sign-up offer
Virgin Money Velocity Flyer $129 ($64 in first year) 0.66 points/$1 (up to $1,500/month) Up to 100,000 Velocity points
BOQ Specialist Visa Platinum $150 0.5 points/$1 (up to $2,500/month) Up to 10,000 Velocity points
Westpac Altitude Velocity Platinum $200 0.5 points/$1 (uncapped) Up to 75,000 Velocity points
Amex Velocity Business $249 1 point/$1 (uncapped) 150,000 Velocity points
Virgin Money Velocity High Flyer $289 1 point/$1 (up to $8,000/month) Up to 100,000 Velocity points
Westpac Altitude Velocity Black $300 0.75 points/$1 (uncapped) Up to 120,000 Velocity points
Amex Velocity Platinum $375 1.25 points/$1 (uncapped) 100,000 Velocity points
BOQ Specialist Visa Signature $400 1 point/$1 (uncapped) Up to 20,000 Velocity points

The American Express Velocity Escape credit card, which has no annual fee, is ineligible for this offer. Credit cards that do not directly earn Velocity points, such as cards that earn American Express Membership Rewards points (with the option to transfer points to Velocity) are also not eligible.

To receive your bonus reward, you would also need to meet the minimum spend criteria that applies for the current sign-up bonus points offer for that individual card.

Most sign-up bonus offers are not available to existing customers who already have a credit card with the same bank. Westpac also excludes previous customers who have held any Westpac credit card during the past 12 months, while American Express doesn’t offer bonus points if you already held an Amex product during the previous 18 months.

You’ll receive your choice of bonus reward within 30 days of meeting the minimum spend criteria for the main offer on your new Velocity Frequent Flyer credit card.

Six months of trial Velocity Gold status

If you’re currently a Red or Silver member of the Velocity Frequent Flyer program, you have the option to choose six months of trial Velocity Gold status as your exclusive reward with this offer. (If you’re already a Velocity Gold or Platinum member and select this option, you’ll be given 40,000 Velocity points instead.)

Trial Gold status gives you most of the usual benefits of Velocity Gold status including additional baggage allowance, priority check-in, priority boarding and lounge access when flying with Virgin Australia and selected international partner airlines.

The new Virgin Australia Lounge at Melbourne Airport
The Virgin Australia Lounge at Melbourne Airport. Photo: Matt Graham.

However, during your trial period, you won’t receive the following benefits of full Velocity Gold membership:

  • A physical membership card (you’ll instead have access to a digital card)
  • Gold member baggage tags
  • Complimentary status with hotel & car hire loyalty program partners
  • The Guaranteed Economy Reward Seat benefit
  • Parental membership pause
Extend your Gold membership for 12 months

Your trial Velocity Gold membership also comes with a fast-track to full Gold membership for 12 months!

If you earn at least 80 status credits and fly at least two eligible Virgin Australia sectors during your 6-month Trial Gold status, you’ll upgrade to full Gold status which you’ll get to keep for 12 months.


Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: Additional Benefit on Velocity Earning Cards: 40K Points, 6 Months Gold or $300 Travel Bank


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In the market for a VA branded credit card after sitting out the Amex waiting period so this is very good timing. Thanks for the heads up!

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Which option offers the most value? 😊

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Which option offers the most value? 😊

If reward seats are available you can get business return on a SYD-MEL sector and still have points left over. You’ll only get one paid sector one way in business.

Not to mention that 40K contributes a chunk to a SQ business redemption if that’s what you prefer.

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What about they Gold for 6 months option - do you think there are any realistic options to use that status to get a status match for one world? Or is six months too short?

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What about they Gold for 6 months option - do you think there are any realistic options to use that status to get a status match for one world? Or is six months too short?

I hadn’t thought of this as most people with a high end VA credit card are probably not far off getting gold which gives the same benefits.

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So good, I just signed up for a velocity credit card a month ago and also never received the other targeted offer for extending gold status into 2023.

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This is a great offer!

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Nice offer. Am about to cancel a CC so will give consideration to this. Virgin Money Flyer 100,000 points for the $64 annual fee looks a winner. Westpac Platinum with the reduced fee also although I’m not eligible due to a sit out period.

Choosing the extra 40,000pts is a no-brainer IMO.

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As a velocity red, but just switching strategies due to now being able to make use of family pooling, I was considering the Gold for 6 months but hadn't actually got out a spreadsheet to work out whether it would allow retention. Status matching is something I hadn't considered but would be good. Need to do some maths on that vs 40,000.

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I hadn’t thought of this as most people with a high end VA credit card are probably not far off getting gold which gives the same benefits.

I think it is very easy to imagine that everyone's situation closely matches ones own. My hunch would be that many well-paid Australians have high end credit cards, and many of them would be airline branded ones. But the number of people who fly frequently enough to get status would be quite limited - and some of them may not be terribly well paid. Therefore I suspect that many/most high end Velocity credit card holders would have little or no airline status.

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