amex Velocity Platinum credit card - Amex Velocity Platinum 100,000 Bonus Points ExclusiveThe American Express Platinum Velocity card is one of my personal favourites and has had a permanent spot in my wallet for some time now. Why, you may ask? We’ll get to that in a bit. First let’s look at the 100,000 Velocity points that are on offer right now as an exclusive promotion for American Express partners (that’s us!).

Here’s what you can get if you sign up before January 29th 2018 using our exclusive partner link.

  • Receive 100,000 bonus Velocity Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $1,500 on your new Card within the first 3 months. This offer is available to new Card Members, as well as Bank- issued American Express companion cardholders
  • Complimentary Virgin Australia return domestic flight every year after your first Card spend each year
  • Earn 1.5 Velocity Points per $1 spent, except government bodies in Australia where you will earn 0.5 Velocity Points per $1 spent
  • Earn 1 additional Velocity Point per $1 spent with Virgin Australia
  • Enjoy 2 complimentary Virgin Australia lounge invitations each anniversary year at selected airports and 2 complimentary lounge invitations to the American Express lounge in Sydney or Melbourne (soon to be opened)
  • Complimentary domestic and international travel insurance
  • 0% p.a. on balance transfers for the first 12 months — A one-off credit plan establishment fee of 1% applies.

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The key factors of this card (and the reason why I keep it) are the fact that you get a free Virgin Australia return flight within Australia, considering I live in Perth, this is worth much more than the $375 annual fee! On top of that the earn rate is great and 2 Virgin lounge passes are a welcome addition. If you’re a big spender, this card has an added benefit and you will get 100 status credits after spending $50,000 within 1 calendar year.

Earning Velocity Frequent Flyer Points

The American Express Platinum Velocity card has an increased earn rate of 2.5 points per dollar for purchases made with Virgin Australia, perfect for those who are loyal Velocity Frequent Flyers. On everyday purchases Amex rewards you with 1.5 Velocity Frequent Flyer points per dollar for most transactions. Utilities and the ATO only earn 0.5 points per dollar (which is the case for most Amex cards).

Travel Perks Of the Amex Velocity Platinum

  • Enjoy a complimentary domestic return flight with Virgin Australia to selected cities, now and every year after your first Card spend – discover where your flight could take you
  • Enjoy two complimentary single entry passes to the Virgin Australia lounge each year at selected domestic airports
  • Enjoy complimentary access up to two entries per year to the American Express Lounge at Sydney International (Kingsford Smith) Airport T1 and the soon to be opened American Express lounge at Melbourne International Airport.
  • Complimentary domestic and international travel insurance when you pay for eligible travel on your card ( Please read the PDS to make sure this works for you!). Travel Inconvenience Insurance will cover you for flight delays, missed connections or delayed luggage

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Lounge Access:

The Amex Velocity Platinum card comes with 4 lounge entries per year, that is 2 entries into a Virgin Australia lounge of your choice and 2 entries into the American Express lounge in Sydney and the soon to be opened lounge in Melbourne. We value a lounge entry at around $50 so if you travel 4 times a year that’s an instant saving of $200. If you’re traveling with a friend or a partner, you can use your passes to guest them in as well so this offer is perfect for a couple doing 2 trips a year.

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Amex Velocity Platinum Card Details:

  • Loyalty program: Velocity Frequent Flyer
  • Frequent Flyer Points earned from spend 2.5 Velocity points earned per $ spent with Virgin Australia, 1.5 points earned per $ on all eligible spend except at government bodies including the ATO where you will earn 0.5 point per $ spent
  • Points cap: Amex Velocity Platinum has no points cap
  • Earns points at ATO? Yes, but at a reduced earn rate of 0.5 Velocity Points per $1 spent.
  • Travel benefits Each year: 2x Virgin Australia lounge passes, 2x American Express Sydney or Melbourne lounge visits,
  • Free Virgin Australia domestic return flight
  • Overseas transaction fee 3% of the converted amount
  • Minimum income requirement $65,000
  • Minimum credit limit: $3000
  • Annual fee $375 ( Remember this is completely offset by all the benefits multiple times over)

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Free Flight:

One of the great benefits of the Amex Velocity Platinum card is the free domestic return flight you get each year. It easily outweighs the cost of the annual fee and best of all, you don’t need to redeem it for yourself if you are not planning to travel. You can use the flight to book a return trip for friends and family just by calling up the number on the back of your card.

Routes vary depending on your location but here are some example maps for all the major cities (and some smaller ones).

The free flight is also perfect to keep as a backup for the busy travel periods in the year, unlike regular tickets, the price of your free is well…free. This means that when you try to fly during an important sporting match for example, you won’t be stung by inflated airfares.

Perth residents are the obvious winners when you look at the route maps, flying Virgin Australia with checked luggage to Sydney is easily $500+ so having a free return flight for
when you need it is an easy win.

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What can you do with 100,000 Velocity Points?

I’m personally a big fan of Velocity points and would like to show you why! The Amex Platinum Velocity card has been part of my arsenal for more than a year now and isn’t going to leave my wallet anytime soon thanks to the free flight each year which is fantastic value. Even for shorter flights between Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Brisbane it’s still a good deal.

100,000 Velocity points deals don’t come around that often and this bonus points offer is a no-brainer. The amount of value American Express is giving new members is outstanding. Now, you might be left wondering how you too can utilise this massive bonus to fly business or even first class…
I’ve listed a few example redemptions below which can easily be achieved with the 100k Amex Platinum Velocity bonus.

Virgin The Business Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane to LA (95,000 points one way)

Virgin Australia has finished revamped its fleet of 777’s with the all new flat bed business class suite and on-board bar. Jet across in style and comfort with on demand dining, comfortable private seats with direct isle access and an on-board bar just in case you wanted to mingle with your fellow business class travelers. The configuration in The Business is 1-2-1 so everyone can easily access their seats and if you’re traveling with a friend or partner, the middle seats offer a divider which can be lowered if you want to talk.
To book this flight, head to https://www.velocityfrequentflyer.com and make sure you’re logged in, you can use this direct link (https://www.velocityfrequentflyer.com/content/MyAccount/MakeaBooking/ ) to make a booking. Just ensure you tick the box that reads “Use Points + Pay” before searching for your dates.

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East to West Coast In Business Class (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne to Perth) (71,000 points return)

Virgin Australia’s new A330 aircraft are all fitted with the brand new business class suites which are identical to those found on the long range 777 operated flights to LA. Virgin’s business class product has been voted as one of the best domestic business class seats in the world so you’re in for a great time! Think champagne and a 3 course meal while you binge on a few movies on the large TV monitor. Seat controls are operated with a touch screen for your comfort so you can go into “bed-mode” in a matter of seconds. Still hungry after dinner? Ask the crew for the caramel popcorn, it’s amazing!
To book this flight, head to https://www.velocityfrequentflyer.com and make sure you’re logged in, you can use this direct link (https://www.velocityfrequentflyer.com/content/MyAccount/MakeaBooking/ ) to make a booking. Just ensure you tick the box that reads “Use Points + Pay” before searching for your dates.

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Melbourne to Hong Kong in Business Class (59,500 points one way)

You can book yourself a one way ticket for only 59,500 Velocity points and a return in economy for 27,800 points.
If you already have some Velocity points, make it a return trip in business! Of course travel insurance has been taken care of if you plan and book your trip using your shiny new Amex Velocity Platinum card.
To book this flight, head to https://www.velocityfrequentflyer.com and make sure you’re logged in, you can use this direct link (https://www.velocityfrequentflyer.com/content/MyAccount/MakeaBooking/ ) to make a booking. Just ensure you tick the box that reads “Use Points + Pay” before searching for your dates.

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Sydney/Melbourne to Singapore on board Singapore Airlines A380 first class suites (95,000 points 1 way)

Singapore Airlines is renowned for its incredible first class products and Suites Class is no exception. A fully enclosed private cabin with sliding doors and a separate bed with Givenchy linen will be all yours for the 8 or so hour journey to Singapore. On board you will have a tough decision to make: Dom or Krug? Can’t decide? Ask the crew for a blind tasting and pair it with caviar. Leave some room because Singapore Air offer you their famous “Book the Cook” service with a full Boston lobster Thermidor on the menu.

If you’re flying from Sydney try to snap up a seat on the brand new A380 which features 6 first class suites with a seperate bed and chair (review coming soon…)

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Ok, let’s do this! How do I apply?

Applying is pretty straight forward, since the 100,000 bonus points promotion is an exclusive partner offer you will need to do the application online by visiting the promotion page here. Otherwise you will only receive 50,000 points which is the standard offer.
Once you are approved (generally it takes 60 seconds to find out) Amex will send your brand new card to your home within a week or so.
Once you receive the card you will need to activate it and create an online account. Amex has the best online account out of most credit card providers, it’s easy to use and great to keep track of your spend but most important your point balance! Dealing with American Express support is always a breeze, I personally rate them at the highest level for customer support and phone service. They are seriously the most polite, friendly and professional phone agents you will ever talk to.

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A few other things to keep in mind are:

  • Be 18 years or over.
  • Have a total household income of at least $65,000 annually. (Side note: household income includes you and your wife/husband/defacto/partner etc so you don’t need to earn a salary of 65k personally to be eligible. As long as the total combined income is equal or greater than 65k you’re good to go.)
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident or hold a current 457 visa.
  • It goes without saying that terms and conditions apply so have a look here for further details.

Do you have any questions about this deal or how to use your Velocity frequent flyer points? If so, drop a comment below or shoot me an email 🙂