Soar higher with Virgin Australia’s 2019 double status credits offer

By Brandon Loo, February 1 2019

Got your sights set on Velocity Gold or Velocity Platinum status? Virgin Australia's latest double status credits offer will bring that shiny card within easy reach, whether you're aiming to get to Gold or lock in Platinum for another year.

Unlike Virgin's previous double status credits deals, which have been offered only to some frequent flyers or restricted to certain eligible routes, this promotion is wide open to every Velocity member and covers the entire Virgin Australia network.

Here’s everything you need to know to take advantage of the deal and fast-track your Velocity status.


The clock is ticking: Virgin Australia's 2019 double status credits offer is valid for bookings made from 1 February 2019 until 12 February 2019 – specifically 11:59pm AEST on 12 February – although those bookings can be as far ahead as 28 December 2019 (so plan out all your business trips and holidays to make the most of this offer). 

You have to register: before booking any flight, head to the Velocity Double Status credits registration page and enter your Velocity membership number to activate this offer. If multiple people are travelling on your booking, everyone has to register individually to get their own serve of double status credits.

Only new bookings count: if you've recently made a Virgin Australia booking, it won't be eligible for earning double status credits unless you registered for this promotion. Changes to an existing booking won't qualify it for double status credits.

Book anywhere: It doesn't matter if your Virgin Australia flights are booked through the airline's website or via a travel agent,

Domestic and international flights are included: whether you’re flying to Byron Bay or Los Angeles, you’ll earn double status credits on all Virgin Australia flights.

Only Virgin Australia flights count: your booking has to carry a VA flight number and be flown on a Virgin Australia aircraft. Codeshares and other partnerships such as Singapore Airlines, Etihad and Delta Air Lines don't qualify and will earn you status credits only at the usual rate.

Family Pooling is eligible: If you’re travelling with a partner and/or children who live at the same address as you, their extra status credits can be funnelled into your account under Velocity's Family Pooling system (assuming they register individually as well). This could well be your secret weapon to rocketing up the status ladder.

Also read: Family Pooling is your shortcut to Velocity Gold status

Take fare types into account: Virgin's different fare categories each status credits at a different rate, so make sure you base your calculations on the correct fare type. Then head to the Mileage Calculator to check the distance of your intended flight, and use the Status Earn Tables to see what the normal status credit bounty is – then multiply it by two to get your double haul.

Crunching the numbers: Virgin Australia double status credits

As a reminder, here are the milestones you need to attain or keep Velocity status:

  • Velocity Silver: 250 status credits and two eligible sectors (200 SCs to maintain)
  • Velocity Gold: 500 status credits and four eligible sectors (400 SCs to maintain)
  • Velocity Platinum: 1000 status credits and eight eligible sectors (800 SCs to maintain)

An east-west return flight in business class (such as from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Perth and back) will net you at least 180 status credits depending on the type of fare booked – that doubles to 360 status credits, which is more than enough to reach Silver even if you're starting from scratch.

If you're bound for Los Angeles on a return business class ticket, you can count on 640 status credits: enough for Velocity Gold in a single trip, and if you travelled with your partner and used Family Pooling, the resulting 1280 status credits would have you well above the threshold for Platinum membership.

Don't overlook the need for 'eligible sectors'

However, achieving Velocity status isn't just about earning the appropriate number of status credits: you also need to make a certain number of flights, or what are called 'eligible sectors'.

Simply put, these are VA-marketed flights that would normally earn points and status credits (meaning that reward bookings and free tickets are excluded).

Even if you flew business class to Los Angeles and back, you wouldn't automatically receive Velocity Gold status because you made only two flights – and Velocity Gold requires four 'eligible sectors'.

This means you’d need to fly another two eligible VA-marketed flights before your status credits expire. This could be as simple as a Sydney-Melbourne return trip.

(Fortunately, although partner flights with a VA number are not valid for double status credits, they do count as eligible sectors, which gives you another option such as a codeshared Singapore Airlines flight.)

For domestic travellers, Virgin's double status credits offer means that you could earn Gold outright from nine economy return Sydney-Melbourne flights booked at the mid-tier Elevate fare (30 SCs each), or five of the same flights booked at the flexible Freedom fare (50 SCs each).

If flying business class between Sydney and Melbourne you’ll earn at least 100 status credits for each one-way flight which equates to five flights to reach Gold or ten flights to reach Platinum for the first time, while also satisfying the eligible sector criteria.

Brandon Loo
Brandon Loo

Brandon Loo

Brandon divides his time between Perth and Launceston, with ample hours spent in airport lounges in between. He recently picked up photography and tries to capture the beauty of Tasmanian landscapes, aeroplane cabins and in-flight food, to varying degrees of success.

GBRGB

GBRGB

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Jan 2014

Total posts 212

That’s a large window of booking time, 12 days, normally QF is only half that time, well done to VA.

Ryan K

Ryan K

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 May 2013

Total posts 296

Damn. I literally booked two HBA-PER return flights late last night, two hours before this promotion started.

Paully

Paully

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

02 Feb 2015

Total posts 20

you needed to register as well .....

twiningb

twiningb

30 Jan 2015

Total posts 20

I tried registering my kids, and both got a message about the offer not being applicable to their accounts. It worked fine for my wife's account and mine. Does anyone know if there's an exclusion for kids or anything like that in T&C?

They're pooling to me, but I'd still like to get twice their SCs pooled to me.

flytoomuch

flytoomuch

06 Aug 2011

Total posts 5

I also have tried and had the same problem with 2 kids

bmc

bmc

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

22 Aug 2013

Total posts 134

won't let my kids accounts in either

cbourl

cbourl

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 105

but no prmo codes work for business class fares :-((((

jared7825

jared7825

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Feb 2018

Total posts 6

How so? T&C states all eligable flights that earn status credits normally?

I was about to book before I read this just now.... lucky

darosner

darosner

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

01 Feb 2019

Total posts 2

I tried my child with no luck either.

Called VFF and was told "Reds not eligible".

I told her my wife is Red and was able to register.

Then told "targeted offer".

Mentioned to CSR that no mention in T&C's to that effect.

After being put on hold on numerous occasions was asked "if child under 18?"

"yes"

"We are having problems with people under 18 registering. Let me escalate issue and put a note in system. Book flights and your child will be eligible"

Let's see what happens!

therealdave

therealdave

09 Dec 2016

Total posts 9

Any further update on the issue with children under 18 registering? I've had the same issue online but haven't called VFF. @Brandon Loo can you seek clarification from Virgin or otherwise update the article where you talk about family pooling and children being eligible?

therealdave

therealdave

09 Dec 2016

Total posts 9

Update - the "under 18" issue has been fixed by Virgin and you can now register children under 18 on the Velocity website

darosner

darosner

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

01 Feb 2019

Total posts 2

I can confirm our daughter is registered.

tmck89

tmck89

14 Jul 2017

Total posts 1

Hi, Any idea on how often they run this promo?

Brandon Loo

Brandon Loo

10 Jul 2018

Total posts 73

Hi tmck89, from memory they didn't run one last year but have run it twice this year already. So it's very variable. My best guess for the next one would be early 2020.

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