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Get 100 Virgin Australia status credits by spending big on your AMEX Velocity Platinum Card

Great news for holders of the American Express Velocity Platinum Card: AMEX and Virgin Australia have added a new benefit that enables you to earn 100 Velocity Frequent Flyer Status Credits by spending up on your card.

You’ll receive 100 status credits when you reach $50,000 of eligible spending in your AMEX card membership year. Eligible spending includes all spending except cash type purchases such as travellers’ cheques and foreign currencies, and interest, fees and charges on the account.

Spending by a supplementary cardholders is included in working out if you reach the $50,000 threshold.

This new perk will be welcomed by frequent flyers chasing status, as it covers a big chunk of the 250 status credits you need to attain silver (200 to keep it in subsequent years) or the 500 status credits you need to attain gold (400 to keep it in later years).

The higher your status, the more perks you enjoy – like lounge access when you reach gold, or complimentary upgrades to Economy X when you hit platinum (which requires 1,000 status credits in the first year and 800 in subsequent years).

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Enjoy lounge access with gold status

If you’re close to achieving a status tier, spending more on your AMEX Velocity Platinum Card could be an easy way to get yourself over the line.

This card was already my pick as Australia’s best Velocity AMEX card, and now it provides even more value.

Right now, new cardholders can get a handy 50,000 bonus Velocity Points with this card. For an overview of all the features and perks, check out my card review here.

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