Virgin Australia 737
A Virgin Australia Boeing 737. Photo: Virgin Australia.

There are some easy, free Velocity Frequent Flyer points up for grabs thanks to a new promotion.

Velocity members can now claim a share of 20 million points, simply by downloading the Velocity App and activating the offer on the home screen by 26 January 2021. All Velocity members who take part in the promotion will receive an equal share of the 20 million Velocity points, to be awarded by 28 February 2021. (Although, the offer terms & conditions state that Velocity reserves the right to extend this timeframe without notice.)

Once you’ve downloaded the Velocity App from the Apple App Store (for Apple devices) or Google Play Store (for Android smartphones) – or if you’ve already downloaded it – simply open the App. The “share of 20 million Velocity points” offer should automatically appear, and all you need to do is activate the offer.

Download the Velocity App to win a share of 20 million points
Download the Velocity App to win a share of 20 million points.

Note that the Velocity App is different to the Virgin Australia App. The 20-million points giveaway offer is only available through the Velocity App.

According to the terms & conditions, this offer is only available to Velocity members aged 18 or over.

If you’re a Velocity member, you have nothing to lose by taking advantage of this offer. You’ll receive a small top-up of easy Velocity points for free. If nothing else, they’ll reset the activity on your Velocity account and prevent the rest of your Velocity points expiring for at least another two years!

How many free points could Velocity members expect to receive?

Velocity last ran a similar points giveaway promotion after signing up the program’s 10-millionth member in October 2019. On this occasion, Velocity members were given the opportunity to win a share of 10 million Velocity points by activating the offer in the Velocity App. Following that promotion, each member who activated the offer received 86 Velocity points.

Given the prize pool has doubled this time to 20 million Velocity points, and assuming the small increase in Velocity members since 2019 is offset by a decrease in program engagement since Virgin Australia entered voluntary administration, Velocity members could probably expect to earn around 160-200 free Velocity points though this promotion.

What’s in it for Velocity?

It’s not every day that frequent flyer programs just give away free points. So, why is Velocity doing this?

“We’re committed to our members and this is our way of thanking them for their loyalty, and in doing so, making it that bit easier to boost their Points balance in time for the easing of border restrictions,” a Virgin Australia Group spokesman said.

But as well as to thank its loyal members, there are two other likely reasons for a loyalty program to run this type of promotion:

  1. To encourage members to download their App, and
  2. To gauge an idea of how many members are still actively engaged with the program.

Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: Claim your share of 20 Million Velocity Points


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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!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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