Earn Virgin Australia Velocity points on Ola rideshare journeys

By Chris Chamberlin, July 24 2019

Members of Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer scheme can now earn Velocity Points when zipping around town with Ola, a rideshare company similar to Uber.

In the Australian cities where Ola operates – currently, that's Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra and the Gold Coast – Velocity members can take home one Velocity Point per $1 spent on their rideshare fare.

On journeys to and from the major airports in those cities, that's doubled to two Velocity Points per dollar spent, and for Velocity members taking their first paid Ola ride, there's a bonus 1,000 Velocity Points to be had as well.

To get started, download the Ola rideshare app via the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android, set up an account with your contact and payment details, and link your Velocity Frequent Flyer membership number via the app before requesting a ride.

Velocity points will be credited to your account in "real time", so you can expect them to appear and be ready to spend almost as soon as you step out of the car – and of course, pay for your fare using a points-earning credit card to be rewarded even more.

As part of the new tie-up, Ola is giving away free $30 rides on Friday July 26 to the first 1,000 passengers travelling to (although, not from) Australian airports that day, when entering the promo code 'OLAVFF' in the app.

The partnership between Ola and Velocity Frequent Flyer rivals that between Uber and Qantas, whereby Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn Qantas Points on Uber rides to and from Australian airports, although not on other journeys.

With Uber, entry-level Qantas Bronze cardholders can collect one Qantas Point per dollar spent on those airport journeys, which climbs to two Qantas Points per dollar spent for Silver-tiered members, and three Qantas Points per dollar spent for Gold frequent flyers and above.

Qantas also offers 2,000 bonus Qantas Points for new Uber users taking their first airport ride.

Also read: Uber Premium to replace Select, Black, Lux, and SUV rides

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Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

Grumpyoldman

Grumpyoldman

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

31 Jan 2018

Total posts 5

Nice. If only the OLA app was not as clunky.

johnaboxall

johnaboxall

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 725

No thanks. We've found a few Ola drivers are ex-Ubers that were kicked off their platform.

koji

koji

Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club

11 Jun 2018

Total posts 22

Absolutely good news for both

346

346

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2017

Total posts 87

Tried it today
Even though the driver was terrible will be worth it for a couple of points!

adamkps

adamkps

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 May 2015

Total posts 4

can someone please tell me how to add my VFF number? There was no where to do it when I signed up...

Grumpyoldman

Grumpyoldman

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

31 Jan 2018

Total posts 5

Select your profile (via the top left hand menu), and under Ride settings you can select VFF account item, enter from there.

adamkps

adamkps

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 May 2015

Total posts 4

Thanks grumpy old man!

johnhyde

johnhyde

12 Dec 2016

Total posts 6

Alas, my OLA link only asks for my name in the Velocity link and the 'link account' button goes nowhere.

Sparksy

Sparksy

09 Aug 2015

Total posts 10

Biggest score against Ola for me is that it only has two types of vehicles, a normal four-door sedan and an SUV, while Uber has several 'premium' options. I don't bother with normal Uber now unless it's very short local trips, for going to and from the airport I use Uber Select and often get a free upgrade to Black.

krisdude

krisdude

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

21 Jan 2016

Total posts 158

I am not sure why a person can earned Velocity points using OLA and Qantas points earned with Uber when both of them are glorified taxi services. Why can't I earned Velocity and Qantas points if I use by iHail taxi app. OLA, Uber, Taxis, etc are riding sharing services.

David

David

24 Oct 2010

Total posts 2322

I'm sure if Qantas and Velocity wanted to partner with iHail or specific taxi 'brands' they could. Personally I've long ago given up on taxis except as a last resort, and even then I'll preference the likes of Silver Service (and still often be astounded by how second-rate they are).

abudhabi1

abudhabi1

Thai Airways International - Royal Orchid Plus

15 Jan 2013

Total posts 279

what I don't understand with either and this applies more so to Qantas is the latter partnering with Uber when they in conjunction with Hughes Limousines already have a taxi alternative known as Qantas Drive.what happened in the case of Virgin their association with Brunel.granted we don't use them as daily taxis but for special events or airport transfers we know which is the better options.anything else what's wrong with an elite or silver service taxi.all we get is a better car.instead of say a Nissan Pulsar or Mazda 3 turn up you'll get a Mercedes or a Jaguar with rideshares.

kimshep

kimshep

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Oct 2014

Total posts 476

Good to see that Virgin gets it right and allows OLA service to earn points on any (unrestricted) ride, with airport rides picking up a 'bonus' point per dollar spent.

Whilst UBER might currently be the flavour of the month, Virgin's strategy puts QFF in the shade by a country mile. Why oh why would you restrict UBER use purely to/from airport destinations? QFF missing a big opportunity here, in my opinion.


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