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For a short time, Virgin Australia is offering a side serve of status credits to selected travellers when transferring points across from a handful of credit cards to Velocity Frequent Flyer.
Velocity members will only find the details of the promotion in their inbox if they’ve been invited to participate – you won’t find a peep on the Velocity website, as it’s a little ‘hush hush’.
Until October 6, Chosen Ones can pocket 75 status credits when transferring 75,000 Velocity points, 100 status credits for 100,000 points, 150 status credits for 150,000 points, or 200 status credits for 200,000 points...
While offering status credits to Velocity members who haven't left their living room is a great concept, the deal isn't as good as that offered by the airline in June.
At the top end of the scale, transferring at least 75,000 Velocity points across from eligible credit cards earned the full 200 status credits, whereas this offer only begins at 75,000 points.
Further, the previous deal gave selected Platinum members the option of transferring 100,000 Velocity points across for an impressive 300 status credits, which has this time been limited to 100 status credits for the same transfer.
Unlike points, status credits are used to determine your frequent flyer tier within Velocity, and are normally earned only when flying with Virgin Australia or one of its partner airlines.
The fine print
To qualify for the 'free' status credits, you'll need to transfer your bounty across in one single transaction from one of participating bank.
You also can’t pool your points from more than one financial institution to reach the target, so unless you’re already sitting on a pile of gold, you’re out.
While Velocity has a number of credit card partners, the promotion only awards status credits when transferring from American Express Membership Rewards, Commonwealth Awards, ANZ Rewards and ANZ Business One Rewards.
In practical terms, an eligible Velocity member could reach the minimum target of 75,000 Velocity points by sending across at least:
- 75,000 AMEX Membership Rewards (MR) points (Ascent or Ascent Premium); or
- 112,500 AMEX MR points for Business Ascent users; or
- 150,000 David Jones American Express points; or
- 187,500 Commonwealth Awards points for Awards and Gold Awards members; or
- 150,000 Commonwealth Awards points for Platinum and Diamond cardholders; or
- 168,750 ANZ Rewards or ANZ Business One Rewards points.
The promotion runs through October 6 2014 for eligible members of Velocity Frequent Flyer – if you're unsure if this offer is available to you, check your inbox.
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