Virgin Australia offers more points for online shopping

By Chris C., October 29 2013
Virgin Australia offers more points for online shopping

Virgin Australia has revised the rates at which its Velocity members earn frequent flyer points, with all partners now offering at least two Velocity points per dollar spent.

It's especially good news for eBay shoppers, as earlier this month the online auction site's earn rate was just one point per dollar.

But other favourites such as online florist Roses Only and web hosting company Go Daddy are no longer part of the Velocity program – quite a shame, especially when Go Daddy was previously worth a massive 14 points per dollar.

Other anchor partners such as Dell, the Apple Store and iTunes remain on the roster, with each offering the same earning rates.

The changes have been revealed in Virgin's overnight refresh of its Velocity Global eStore, which now sports a cleaner design which also makes it easier to keep track of your most recent spending.

Virgin's Global eStore allows Velocity members to earn points when shopping with a number of online partners, and unlike most other frequent flyer stores it doesn’t require you to enter your Velocity number on a partner's website.

Instead, the website uses cookies to track your purchases and awards points once the retailer has confirmed your transaction.

Of course, it pays to keep an eye on your transaction history and submit a manual points claim (if necessary), as there are certainly times when everything doesn't go according to plan.

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Chris C.

Chris is a a former contributor to Executive Traveller.

12 Jun 2013

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With Velocity points worth less than a cent, it's up to you whether it seems worthwhile to let some suspicious middleman entity track all your purchases and connect them to your real world data for what amounts to a discount of one and a bit percent. The only retailer on the list that I'm likely to spend nontrivial amounts with is the Apple Store, but... well, it still ain't a lot of points.

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