Earn Velocity Points for Ola RidesVelocity Frequent Flyer has launched a new points-earning partnership with ride-sharing service Ola. To celebrate, they’re giving away 1,000 free Ola rides to Australian airports tomorrow!

Velocity members can earn 1 point per dollar on any Ola ride. This earn rate increases to 2 Velocity points per dollar when travelling to or from airports in Australia or New Zealand in the cities where Ola operates. Ola is currently available in 7 Australian cities, as well as Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington in New Zealand.

If you’re a new Ola member, you can also earn 1,000 bonus Velocity points on your first Ola ride until 30 August 2019.

To earn Velocity points for Ola rides, you’ll need to download the Ola App and link your Velocity Frequent Flyer account in the App.

Link your Velocity Frequent Flyer account in the Ola App
Link your Velocity Frequent Flyer account in the Ola App

Velocity promises that points earned from Ola rides will be credited in “real time”, although the partnership terms & conditions say to allow “up to 14 days”.

1,000 Free Airport Rides Giveaway

To celebrate the new partnership with Velocity Frequent Flyer, Ola is tomorrow giving away 1,000 free rides to the following eligible Australian airports:

  • Sydney (SYD)
  • Melbourne (MEL)
  • Avalon (AVV)
  • Perth (PER)
  • Adelaide (ADL)
  • Canberra (CBR)
  • Brisbane (BNE)
  • Gold Coast (OOL)

To take advantage of this offer, you need to be one of the first 1,000 people to apply the coupon code OLAVFF at the time of booking on the Ola App. Note that rides from airports are not eligible for the free ride.

This offer is limited to the first 1,000 people to ride with Ola to an eligible airport after midnight local time on Friday 26 July 2019. The free ride offer is limited to $30 per trip; any amount exceeding $30 will need to be paid by the passenger.

For the purposes of this promotion, Velocity points will only be earned on any amount which is actually paid. No points are earned for free rides. See the Ola website for the full offer T&Cs.

Ola vs Uber

Ola has been expanding aggressively in Australia in an attempt to capture market share from Uber. The company promises lower prices for customers and better conditions for drivers than its rival.

Qantas Frequent Flyer has its own partnership with Uber, however Qantas points are only earned on Uber rides to or from an Australian airport.

In our rideshare comparison thread, AFF members discuss the pros & cons of the various different ride-sharing services available in Australia and around the world.

Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: Ola points to velocity


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