Earlier this week we showed you some of the top Qantas status runs. Now we turn our attention to Virgin Australia status runs. Here are five of the most popular Virgin Australia status runs for earning maximum Velocity status credits at minimal cost:
1. Sydney to Cairns with Virgin Australia
If you’re looking for a good value domestic trip to top up your Velocity status credits, look no further than Cairns! You can earn up to 110 status credits on a round-trip Virgin Australia Freedom (flexible) fare from Sydney to Cairns, by flying via Brisbane. This booking can cost as low as $600 by using a Virgin Australia discount code. Alternatively, book a cheaper Elevate fare (but not the cheapest Getaway category) and earn 70 status credits at a cost of around $400 using a promo code.
2. Virgin Australia Business Class to Rarotonga
Virgin Australia flies to Rarotonga via Auckland, meaning you’ll get Business class status credits for the flight over to Auckland and the onward leg to the Cook Islands. Plus, Virgin has some great sale fares from Australia to Rarotonga for under $800 one-way in Business. Our tip: Fly from Sydney to Rarotonga via Melbourne and Auckland to earn 200 status credits each way.
3. Delta Domestic Comfort Plus & First Class
The United States is arguably the home of great value status runs. Delta has some cheap domestic airfares for their Comfort Plus (premium economy) and First class cabins. If you’re travelling within the United States, consider paying a little more for Comfort Plus or First class as these cabins earn 3x and 4x the normal rate of Velocity status credits, respectively.
Delta also flies daily from Singapore to Tokyo Narita, and Comfort Plus fares are very reasonably priced (around $800 return). For this trip, you’ll earn 180 status credits per round-trip in Comfort+.
4. Hawaiian Airlines Inter-Island First Class
Hawaiian Airlines First class fares within the Hawaiian islands are inexpensive, and you’ll earn 40 status credits per sector! The flights are short so don’t expect a meal on board. But you will get a larger seat, complimentary baggage allowance and lounge access. The difference in price between coach and First class is minimal, so it’s often worth paying a little more for the extra status credits.
5. Virgin Australia Premium Economy to Los Angeles
To get to the USA, consider buying a Premium Economy fare on Virgin Australia. These seats can sell for under $2,500 return on sale (and it’s a good product, too). Premium Economy is a good Velocity status credit earner, netting 240 status credits on a round-trip ticket to Los Angeles. This compares favourably with the 80 status credits earned on an Economy ticket.
Don’t forget that you can also earn Velocity status credits by shopping at Coles. And Velocity Frequent Flyer has a generous family pooling scheme that lets you pool the status credits earned by the rest of your family into your own personal account. That means you can earn Velocity status 5x faster if you travel as a family of five!
Join the ongoing discussion about Virgin Australia status runs on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: The NEW Velocity Status Run Master thread