Earn 100,000 Velocity points with the AMEX Velocity Platinum card

By Chris Chamberlin, July 1 2015
Earn 100,000 Velocity points with the AMEX Velocity Platinum card

One hundred thousand Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer points could be yours when applying for the American Express Velocity Platinum card, in what is the biggest-ever Velocity bonus offer on a co-branded credit card. Simply:

  • Apply between July 1 and September 30 2015
  • Be approved, and
  • Spend a total of $1,000 or more in the first three months

That's all you need to pocket the six-figure bounty, which is more than enough for a business class flight from Sydney to either Los Angeles or Abu Dhabi – or a return journey if flying in economy – plus applicable airport and government taxes and charges.

As many points could also get you seven one-way business class flights between Sydney and Melbourne or two one-way business class journeys between Sydney and Perth (plus taxes and fees), stretching to a third one-way journey after spending just $400 more on the card with most merchants.

The offer is open to customers who don't already have a card issued directly by American Express, and who also haven't held one in the past 12 months.

(Bank-issued American Express cards such as the NAB Velocity Platinum AMEX don't disqualify you from the promotion.)

AMEX Velocity Platinum card: other benefits

Available to individuals with incomes of $65,000 or more, the AMEX Velocity Platinum card carries an annual fee of $349, but which is largely offset by a free return domestic flight with Virgin Australia.

Beyond the bonus offer you’ll also earn three Velocity points per dollar spent with Virgin Australia and at Australian restaurants; two Velocity points with other travel-related companies and when abroad; 0.5 points on most insurance, utility and government payments; and one point on everything else.

You’ll also enjoy two free passes each year to Virgin Australia’s domestic lounges plus a further two free visits to the American Express Sydney Airport lounge when flying overseas, along with travel insurance and more.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

19 Nov 2011

Total posts 246

Oh man! Already have an AMEX Plat Edge.

Shame can't apply for this one...

KK
KK

Air China - Phoenix Miles

20 Dec 2012

Total posts 106

Everyone can have up to two Amex cards at the same time.

KG
KG

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2011

Total posts 736

But when applying for the second one you are not eligible for the 100K points...

KG
KG

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2011

Total posts 736

Finally some US like sign up bonusses! Hope this iswill become a trend and we can soon start churning cards!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum

07 Feb 2013

Total posts 558

Good luck with your credit rating trying that approach!

KG
KG

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2011

Total posts 736

No issues, it is all about applying and cancelling and paying your outstanding balance on time.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Mar 2014

Total posts 574

Spot on. You'll probablly only get each card issuer (Visa / MC / Amex) just the once before they retract the offer. But no effect on your credit rating.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Jan 2015

Total posts 106

Not necessarily, I have taken advantage of ANZ's offers two times so far, i normally spend on them for 9 months then cancel before the renewal date. I will apply for a third time after i have served my 12 month black out period and hopefully will be successful again

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

24 Apr 2014

Total posts 47

Just be careful, this activity stays on your credit file for 5 years.

D_C
D_C

03 Mar 2015

Total posts 15

If one of the Qantas providers offer this I'm in...

Etihad - Etihad Guest

02 Jul 2015

Total posts 17

Sounds like a great offer.  I've never had an AMEX card before, are they widely accepted by retailers? I know they charge a higher transaction fee to merchants and are therefore less popular than  Visa and Mastercard.

18 Jul 2016

Total posts 1

In my case it's about half to 3/4 of the time they are accepted, but I always have my VISA to use in case it's not suitable. For shopping and petrol at major chains it's no issues with no fees. The charges are slightly higher at other places, around 3% at times, but you get to know where to use it. I wouldn't only carry an AMEX, put it that way.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Jan 2013

Total posts 246

Now that’s a sign up bonus! (Especially when you consider there was a link to a referral site which gave you 110,000 points for the Platinum and 15,000 for the Velocity Escape card, which was subtly removed).

I’d love to see Qantas do a similar thing, but American Express Qantas cards are a little fiddlier. Instead of just getting the bonus points, you get X amount of the bonus points on sign up and Y amount of the bonus when you buy something with Qantas. But they publicise it as X + Y. Seems unnecessarily complex IMHO.

Hi Jono,

A reader did post their own American Express referral link as a comment to this article, but this was removed as per our comment policy as Australian Business Traveller does not allow users to post external links which are "primarily an attempt to sell a product or service or promote another website".

In this case, the post was promoting another website for personal gain, and was thus deleted.

-Chris

Adj
Adj

03 Jul 2015

Total posts 2

"more than enough for a business class flight from Sydney to either Los Angeles"

Not sure if I'm missing something here, but it looks to me that a business class flight from Sydney to LAX is about 1 million points?  Only 10 x the 100,000 offered here.  Still seems a good deal though.

A one-way business class flight from Sydney to LA or Abu Dhabi is 94,000 points plus taxes and fees – the figure you've quoted would be for the 'any seat award', which allows you to redeem points against the commercial cost of the ticket should a standard award seat (at 94,000 points) be unavailable.

Adj
Adj

03 Jul 2015

Total posts 2

Ah, thank you. That makes sense.

Not a problem – if you're having difficulty finding a business class award between Sydney and LA, it also pays to try searching via or /from Brisbane as VA also flies daily from there and availability can differ between the two flights.

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

07 Sep 2012

Total posts 153

Whoa baby - this completes the set for me. CBA for QF, Citibank for EK, and Amex for VA. Have been looking for a good Velocity card for a while but all the rest are miserly compared to this little beauty.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Jul 2015

Total posts 1

I have a corporate AMEX from the company I work for, as well as a supplementary AMEX. Does this mean I'm ineligible for the 100k points? 

19 Apr 2013

Total posts 19

Hi guys, 

Do you know whether this card gets you access to the Centurion lounges?

Thanks.

Yes, but you need to pay US$50 at the door per entry. The two free AMEX lounge visits are for the Sydney lounge only.

Hi newbie here - great site thanks!

if you already have a visa velocity card can you still apply for one of these Amex velocity cards, get the 100,000 points and still use both the visa and Amex to earn velocity points Or can you only use one or the other?

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

07 Sep 2012

Total posts 153

Yes, if you have a velocity card with another provider, you can still apply for this card.

14 Sep 2015

Total posts 2

Is there a way to find out at which Asutralian Restaurants you can earn the bonus points? 

Just a timely reminder of our published comment policy:

"Comments which are primarily an attempt to sell a product or service, promote another website or are for personal or financial gain will (as you'd expect) be deleted."

As we've already noted above, this includes American Express referral links which provide tens of thousands of bonus points to the referrer for every successful application received.

11 Jul 2016

Total posts 1

Hi Chris,

Has this deal changed recently? AMEX seems to have only the 50k points deal on their site - do you have a link to the 100k offer? Also, how does the reversal work - do you just add in details in the application process? Cheers

Hi DrWilso, this article was published 12 months ago – you'll find the latest deals here.


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