Your parents always told you it was good to share, but we doubt they had frequent flyer points and status credits in mind. All the same, if you're finding yourself falling short of reaching Velocity Gold status, sharing could be the key.
Why are we calling out Velocity Gold? Because as with most airline rewards programs, that's where the best and most practical business travel perks kick in – such as lounge access, priority checkin and boarding, extra checked luggage and a decent serve of bonus points each time you fly.
But if your travel is limited, so are your chances of stepping up the frequent flyer ladder from Silver to Gold.
Fortunately, Virgin Australia has a fast-track fix for this: if other members of your family are also flying with Virgin, you can have their status credits – and frequent flyer points, for that matter – automatically funnelled into your account.
So while none of you may be doing enough flying to earn that valuable Gold card, combining your status credits could see at least one of you – the one who does the most flying – elevated to the Golden realms.
This 'family pooling' of points and status credits is a unique trait of Virgin Australia's Velocity frequent Flyer scheme – Qantas doesn't offer such a facility as yet.
So if you and others in your family are flying with Virgin Australia, Velocity Gold status could well be within your grasp.
Of course, if some of your family members fly quite often and at anything other than the very cheapest fares, family pooling could catapult one of you to Platinum.
Why it’s cool to pool
A return flight between Melbourne and Brisbane or the Gold Coast, for example, on Virgin's Economy Choice fares will earn 40 status credits per passenger.
For a family of four, that's 160 status credits – almost a third of the way to the 500 status credits needed to earn Velocity Gold for a single flyer.
You can have up to five family members sending their status credits into to your account, provided you all share the same street address.
Velocity also limits the age of family pooling members: up to two members can be 18 years or over, and up to four members can be under 18 years of age.
Family Pooling is set up through the Velocity account of each family member who will be donating their status credits to you.
To set it up, have each family member log into their Velocity Frequent Flyer account, select the My Velocity tab and in the Quick Links sidebar, click on Family Pooling and then follow the instructions.
They can choose to have just their frequent flyer points sent to your account, or points and status credits.
Family pooling tips
If you encounter any difficulties when setting up family pooling, make sure the mailing address on each account is identical: pooling requests are automatically declined unless this matches up.
Unlike manual family transfers – which are limited to frequent flyer points – family pooling automatically moves points or points and status credits across to your account as soon as they're earned.
These earnings aren’t subjected to the annual limit imposed on points transfers, making it easy to keep everybody’s points in a central account and ready to use on that free 'reward seat' when the moment strikes.