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.