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Sunday, July 23, 2017

How to Get Velocity Gold the FAST Way?

Most of us probably do not fly much for work and even with family pooling, the idea of attaining gold membership with Qantas or Virgin Australia seems so far away. Are there shortcuts?

Coles Flybuys
If you have flybuys, they are known to give selected flybuys customers the opportunity to "Explore Gold". This gives you three months of Gold level membership with Virgin Velocity, allowing you to use the lounge when you travel with Virgin Australia and most of the other benefits that Gold members get. If you manage to earn 80 status credits during that three months, you will be able to get full Gold level membership for the next 12 months.
Gold benefits included in Explore Gold
  • Advanced seat selection and priority seating preferences
  • Priority check in at the airport
  • Priority boarding onto the plane
  • Virgin Lounge access for you and a guest and up to two children aged between 3-12.
  • Access to around 150 other international lounges when traveling with Virgin or affiliates
  • Priority baggage arrival - comes out first on the carousel
  • 75% more points each time you travel on Virgin
Gold benefits not included in the three month Explore Gold membership include
  • Guaranteed Economy Reward Seats for an annual trip to any Australian destination,
  • Membership pause for Parental Leave
  • Complimentary membership with our car hire and hotel partners (eg Hilton, Hertz, Europcar, Thrifty)
Coles Flybuys MasterCard
Rather than waiting anxiously to be offered by flybuys, the other way of getting "Explore Gold" is to apply for a Coles Flybuys MasterCard. This will cost you $89 for the annual fee, but comes with the equivalent of $100 worth of flybuys points. It also comes with "Explore Gold" as described above with the same offer to attain 12 months of full Gold membership if you can earn 80 status credits in three months. For people living in Perth, this is pretty easy to earn - it's just one flight to Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane return to Perth and you will have Velocity Gold for 12 more months. 

Some have reported that some of their status credits disappeared when they got the Explore Gold membership. This is because in Explore Gold mode, the Velocity website only shows your status balance for the last three months. Any other status credits earned before the last three months will not appear on the website, but have not been taken from you. When you have finished your Explore Gold, the website will once again display your total SC balance. 

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