Your InfoChoice guide to the Velocity Frequent Flyer program
What you Need To Know about VFF points
Your Velocity linked credit card will earn you Virgin Velocity Frequent Flyer points for every dollar you spend with it on eligible purchases.
Some cards earn the points directly, while some build up reward points in a scheme run by the bank. You can transfer these to your Velocity account.
In addition to earning points, many VFF cards offer generous signup bonuses, often tens of thousands of points, if you meet a spending target within the first three or four months.
As well as travel, you can also get free travel insurance, airport lounge access and concierge service, as well as other perks. When you’re looking for a VFF card, it makes sense to compare the market offerings to make sure you get the best card for you, your circumstances and your spending habits.
How are VFF points earned?
You link your VFF card to your Velocity account and you’ll automatically earn points for every eligible purchase. These points are credited to your account by the end of each statement period, or to your bank’s rewards programme if applicable.
Each card and transaction have their own “earn rate”, which is the number of points per dollar spent. Cards may offer one point per dollar on grocery purchases and two points per dollar on purchases from Virgin Australia, for example.
Your card may have it’s own rewards program points that can be transferred to VFF points.
partnership with BP has now ended”
What counts as an eligible purchase?
Purchases made at BP Australia no longer earn extra VFF points. BP has switched allegiance to Qantas Frequent Flyer.
“The partnership with BP has now ended and members can no longer earn or redeem at BP” announced Virgin Velocity in a one-line media statement on 31 January.
But in general, on your VFF linked credit card, eligible purchases include groceries, consumer items, travel bookings and overseas transactions.
Gambling purchases or transactions, balance transfers and government transactions are almost always ineligible. You can check on your bank’s website for individual terms and conditions.
Comparing Velocity Frequent Flyer credit cards
If you’re looking for a Velocity credit card, you’ll need to compare a few factors before deciding on the best one for you.
Generally, things like the earn rate and perks like airport lounges are often similar across the board but where cards can differ greatly is in the sign–up bonuses.
Here are the things you should look at.
The earn rate
This is the number of points you get per dollar you spend.
One point per dollar is an attractive earn rate, although some cards offer as much as two points and others 0.66 points per dollar.
Still other cards cap your monthly earnings and reduce the points per dollar to 0.5, for example, once you’ve hit a spending limit.
The annual fee
Some Velocity cards have low or no annual fees, while some can apply fees as high as $400 and up.
If you’re paying a higher fee, you WILL get better features and a higher earn rate on VFF points.
Do the maths with our InfoChoice credit card repayment calculator to see if the extras outweigh the fee.
The interest rate
Frequent flyer cards have relatively high purchase rates, often in excess of 20 per cent p.a. so if you often carry a balance, these cards might not work so well for you as the interest you’ll pay will be more than the value of your points.
The interest–free days
Many cards offer you an interest–free period of between 44 and 55 days if you pay your full balance by the statement due date. There are a few cards that feature fewer or more interest-free days so take note of your card’s cycle of bills and interest-free days.
Complimentary travel insurance
Free travel insurance is a real help if you are a frequent traveller and most cards cover you for medical expenses, lost or stolen luggage and any legal liabilities incurred while travelling.
Plenty of rewards credit cards now listed on InfoChoice feature complimentary travel insurance.
Credit card issuers vary in their exact offerings here, so read the small print before jetting off.
Special flight offers
Some Velocity cards offer free domestic flights or vouchers for flights for each year you meet the eligibility requirements. Requirements and offers vary, so if this is something you’re interested in, make sure you examine each product closely.
You may also get free single entry passes to Virgin Australia lounges, where you’ll get free food and drinks, Wi–Fi, showers, meeting rooms and workspaces.
Which card has the most bonus VFF points?
Many Velocity credit cards offer cardholders bonus points for signing up and meeting the spending requirements within the prescribed time.
The most common bonus requirements are for you to spend $3,000 within the first three months and, of course, pay it off if you want to make the most of your bonus.
Some rewards are quite impressive and can be exchanged for international return flights, as well as other services and products.
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