Five Virgin Australia Status RunsNeed a few more Velocity status credits to reach the next tier with Virgin Australia? The easiest way to upgrade to Silver, Gold or Platinum status is to take a status run.

Although you can earn a small amount of status credits from Flybuys and certain credit cards, you’ll need to earn the majority of your Velocity status credits from flying with Virgin Australia or its partners.

Don’t forget that 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!

Here is our selection of the best Virgin Australia status runs for earning Velocity status credits at minimal cost in 2020:

1. Virgin Australia Business Class to Dunedin

Virgin Australia Business Saver tickets from either Hobart or Launceston to Dunedin, New Zealand are surprisingly good value. You can fly via Melbourne and Brisbane in both directions, picking up 380 status credits on a round-trip booking for around $1,200 in total. (Of course, you’ll earn even more status credits if you book this during a double Velocity status credits promotion!)

Example of a Virgin Australia Business fare from Hobart to Dunedin
Example of a Virgin Australia Business fare from Hobart to Dunedin

2. Melbourne-Canberra-Gold Coast with Virgin Australia

Economy Freedom fares from Melbourne to Gold Coast (or vice versa) cost around $285 one-way (or less with a promo code). Alternatively, you can fly via Canberra for just $4 more and earn significantly more status credits – 50 status credits each way or 100 status credits round-trip, to be exact.

Business Saver fares from Melbourne to the Gold Coast via Canberra are also good value at around $600 one-way (less with a promo code), earning 100 status credits.

Business class flights on other domestic routes that require a connection, like Adelaide-Sydney-Ballina, can also be fair value.

Flying from Sydney or Melbourne to Cairns on an Economy Freedom or Getaway ticket can also be good value. For example, you can earn 110 status credits on a round-trip Freedom fare from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane.

Virgin Australia Economy class
Virgin Australia Economy class

When booking Virgin Australia flights, don’t forget that you can save money by using a Virgin Australia discount code!

3. 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.

Note: Virgin Australia will end Auckland-Rarotonga flights from 21 July 2020.

Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Rarotonga, Cook Islands

4. Delta Domestic Comfort Plus & First Class

The United States is arguably the home of great value status runs. Virgin’s partner 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 Manila to Tokyo Narita (changing to Manila-Seoul from 29 March 2020), and Comfort Plus fares are very reasonably priced.

5. 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.

6. 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.

Virgin Australia Premium Economy
Virgin Australia Premium Economy

Join the ongoing discussion about Virgin Australia status runs on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: The NEW Velocity Status Run Master thread


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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
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