Partner Exclusive: Get 90,000 bonus Velocity Points with the Amex Velocity Platinum Card

By |2018-10-22T10:11:29+00:0022 October 2018|

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Great news for our readers: we’ve teamed up with American Express to bring you a huge offer of 90,000 bonus Velocity Points with the feature-packed American Express Velocity Platinum Card.

This is Amex’s top Velocity card and comes with the highest Velocity Points earn rate on spend, a complimentary Virgin Australia domestic flight each year, lounge entries, travel insurance and other handy perks for travellers.

Amex has increased the sign-up offer to 90,000 bonus points exclusively for people who apply through a handful of partners like us.

This offer isn’t available by going to Amex’s website directly (you’ll only get 75k points there). To get the full 90,000 bonus Velocity Points, you need to apply via our partner link here.

This offer ends very soon – on 14 November 2018.

Here’s an overview of the main card benefits and features.

1. Receive a very high points earn rate on spend

Card members earn 1.5 Velocity Points per dollar spent on everyday purchases – the highest Velocity Points earn rate in Australia.

You earn 2.5 Velocity Points per dollar spent with Virgin Australia and 0.5 Velocity Points per dollar spent with government bodies.

With hundreds of thousands of merchants accepting Amex in Australia, there’s no shortage of places where you can earn points with this card.

As a bonus, there’s no cap on how many points you can earn.

2. Take off with a complimentary flight every year

After your first card spend each year, you’ll be entitled to a complimentary Virgin Australia domestic economy return flight between selected cities.

There are lots of routes to choose from, as you can see in the table below.

Departure CityDestinations
AdelaideAlice Springs, Brisbane, Canberra, Coolangatta (Gold Coast), Melbourne, Sydney
BrisbaneAdelaide, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Emerald, Hamilton Island, Hobart, Mackay, Melbourne, Newcastle, Proserpine, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville
HobartBrisbane, Melbourne, Sydney
MelbourneAdelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Coolangatta (Gold Coast), Hamilton Island, Hobart, Launceston, Mildura, Maroochydore (Sunshine Coast), Newcastle, Sydney
PerthAdelaide, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Melbourne, Sydney
SydneyAdelaide, Albury, Ayers Rock (Uluru), Ballina/Byron, Brisbane, Canberra, Cairns, Coffs Harbour, Coolangatta (Gold Coast), Hamilton Island, Hervey Bay, Hobart, Launceston, Maroochydore (Sunshine Coast), Melbourne, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Townsville
Other citiesClick here to see the routes from other cities.

You can book the flight for yourself or any person you choose. And since this benefit is available every year, it offsets most or all of the $375 annual card fee.

3. Enjoy four airport lounge entries each year

Relax before your next flight in style, even if you’re flying economy.

Each card membership year, you’ll receive two passes to a Virgin Australia lounge. These passes will be linked to your Velocity membership card (not your Amex card), so just present that at the door to get in.

You’ll also get two entries each calendar year to the American Express Lounge at Sydney Airport international or Melbourne Airport international. To enter the lounge, simply flash your Amex card at the door.

Relax in a Virgin Australia lounge before you fly

If you’re travelling with a guest, they can use one of the passes to enjoy the lounge with you.

4. Earn 100 Velocity Status Credits when you spend $50,000 in a year

Attain elite status with Virgin Australia faster by receiving 100 status credits when you reach $50,000 of eligible spend in a card membership year.

Eligible spend is all spend by you and additional card members, except cash type purchases like travellers’ cheques and foreign currencies, and interest, fees and charges on the account.

This is a useful perk for frequent flyers chasing status, as you only need 250 status credits to attain silver (200 to keep it in subsequent years) or 500 status credits to attain gold (400 to keep it in later years).

The higher your status, the more perks you enjoy – like extra lounge passes when you hit silver and unlimited lounge access when you reach gold.

5. Receive complimentary travel insurance

When you pay for a return domestic or international flight with your card or use Velocity Points to book, you’ll receive insurance cover for you, your partner and dependent children 22 years of age or younger for:

  • inconvenience (flight delays, cancellations or missed connections, and delayed luggage)
  • medical emergency expenses
  • damaged, destroyed, lost or stolen baggage, money or documents
  • travel cancellation costs
  • personal liability.

The insurance T&Cs are available to read here.

6. Enjoy a range of other card benefits

There are so many other perks to enjoy with this card, including:

  • up to 4 complimentary additional cards for family members over 18 years of age – an easy way for your household to earn points faster
  • up to 55 days interest-free on purchases (the interest rate thereafter is 20.74%)
  • a 0% p.a. balance transfer offer for 12 months, with a one-off establishment fee of 1%
  • Amex Offers: save money with regular discount offers with some of Australia’s biggest and best brands
  • Amex Invites: access sought-after events like music, theatre and film, including via pre-sale tickets, and enjoy exclusive lounges for Amex card members at selected events.

Plus 90,000 bonus points 

Receive 90,000 bonus Velocity Points when you apply online via our partner link by 14 November 2018, are approved and spend $3,000 on your new card within the first 3 months.

You could use these bonus points together with the points earned on spend to fly overseas with Virgin Australia or one of its partners, like Singapore Airlines. For example, you could fly:

  • from Australia’s east coast to Los Angeles with Virgin Australia in economy return (89,600 points) or one way in super stylish business class (95,500 points)
  • from anywhere in Australia to as far as Sri Lanka, India, China or Taiwan with Singapore Airlines in economy return (up to 84,000 points) or one way in business class (up to 78,000 points)
  • two people could travel from Australia’s east coast to Bali or Fiji with Virgin Australia in economy return (89,200 points total) or one way in business class (99,000 points total).

Use your points to enjoy Virgin Australia business class

To be eligible for the introductory bonus points, you must not have held a credit card issued directly by Amex Australia in the last 18 months. Note that means you are eligible if:

  • you’ve held an Amex card issued by a bank (i.e. Westpac, ANZ, CBA or NAB)
  • you’ve held a David Jones Amex Card, or
  • you’re an additional card member on someone else’s primary card account.

The minimum income to qualify is $65,000.

A reminder that this exclusive partner offer ends on 14 November 2018 and you need to apply via our partner link below to access it.

To access this offer and apply, click here (mobile friendly).


Important: This article is not intended to suggest that you should apply for a credit card. You should seek independent, professional advice and consider your personal circumstances before deciding to apply for a credit card.

If you apply for a card via a link in this article, we’ll receive a commission from Amex. This income helps keep our site running, and we thank you for your support. Read more in our Credit Cards Disclosure.


About the Author:

Kris is the founder of The High Life and a complete travel addict. Originally from Perth, he's now based in Melbourne - but he's happiest in the air travelling to somewhere new. In 2018, Kris will be exploring Thailand, southern Europe, the USA and Mexico.


  1. Bec 23 October 2018 at 4:37 pm - Reply


    When do the points expire please?



    • Kris Brankovic 23 October 2018 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      Hi Bec, the points don’t expire so long as you keep your account active. You do that by earning or redeeming at least one point every 24 months (so it’s not a problem!).

  2. Tim 22 October 2018 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    Hi Kris,

    I already have the platinum card but would like access to the 4 entries, currently only have the 2 virgin longue accesses, do I need to cancel and reapply for hte same card for this to be applicable?


    • Kris Brankovic 22 October 2018 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      Hi Tim, if you already have this card, you are already entitled to the Amex lounge entries. No need to reapply.

  3. Peter H 10 October 2018 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    Is it fee free for international purchases?

    • Kris Brankovic 10 October 2018 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      Hi Peter, there is a 3% foreign currency fee.

  4. Peter 6 February 2018 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    Hi Kris

    I won’t be eligible for the bonus points as I have held an Amex card issued directly by Amex Australia.

    BUT would I still be eligible for the 100 status credits (if I spend 50k in a year)? OR are these off the table for me too?


    • Kris Brankovic 7 February 2018 at 10:04 am - Reply

      Hey Peter, you are definitely eligible to enjoy all the card perks, including the status credits. It’s just the sign up bonus you won’t receive 🙂

  5. David 29 January 2018 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Hi Kris,

    Can my business apply for this card? I can’t see an option on the sign up page.


    • Kris Brankovic 29 January 2018 at 10:13 pm - Reply

      Hi David, an individual has to apply for Amex’s personal and business cards (corporate cards can be in a company name, but those are designed for larger companies).

      You can apply for this card and use it for business purposes, as Amex permits business expenses on ‘consumer’ credit cards 🙂

      There’s also this ‘business’ card offer at the moment (again, the business owner applies individually):

  6. Fiona BROADBY 28 January 2018 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Hello Kris. I had a Qantas ANZ AMEX card but they were cancelled / discontinued. I cannot remember when they cancelled the card. Do you think I will still get the points? Thank you

    • Kris Brankovic 28 January 2018 at 11:58 pm - Reply

      Hi Fiona, all bank-issued Amex cardholders (including ANZ) are eligible for the bonus points. Enjoy!

  7. Fiona BROADBY 28 January 2018 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Hello. If you do not use the flight and / or airport lounge pass in the year do they accumulate?

    • Kris Brankovic 28 January 2018 at 11:57 pm - Reply

      No they don’t, they expire if you don’t use them.

  8. Alan 26 January 2018 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    Hi Kris,

    If I’ve got the Qantas AMEX Discovery Card already, therefore I would not be eligible?
    Also is there limitations on the $1500 spend condition, eg are bills included as part of the $1500?


    • Kris Brankovic 27 January 2018 at 9:45 am - Reply

      Hi Alan, unfortunately you’re not eligible for the sign-up bonus as you’re a current Amex card member. Perhaps someone else in your household can apply?

      In terms of the minimum spend, the T&Cs state that “eligible purchases do not include cash advances, interest, balance transfers, fees and charges for traveller’s cheques and foreign currencies.”

  9. Natasha Clark 24 January 2018 at 9:44 am - Reply

    Hi Kris,
    Are you able to tell me if there is a minimum spend on travel to receive the travel insurance cover? I have already booked flights but thinking of hiring a car, do you knoe if this cost could qualify as a travel cost?
    Thank you

  10. Chris Dutton 23 January 2018 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Can I swap my Virgin Visa card for an American express car with same credit limit without doing full application.

    • Kris Brankovic 24 January 2018 at 9:11 am - Reply

      Hi Chris, no this card is issued by Amex Australia, so since they are a different issuer to who you have now, you would need to submit an application using the link in the article 🙂

  11. Eoin Kearns 17 January 2018 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Hi Kris,

    Thanks for the info above, seems like a good deal. One question though, you mention that;

    ‘You can use your points to fly with Virgin Australia or partners like Etihad and Singapore Airlines, which brings the whole world within reach.’

    Does that mean you can trf your velocity points to the Etihad program?


    • Kris Brankovic 18 January 2018 at 10:07 am - Reply

      Hi Eoin, no you can’t transfer points to Etihad, rather you can book seats on Etihad flights directly through Virgin Australia (online for business class, or over the phone for first class).

  12. Marcus English 16 January 2018 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Hi Kris,

    I note the comments that you are eligible if…

    – you’ve held an Amex card issued by a bank (i.e. Westpac, ANZ, CBA or NAB)
    – you’ve held a David Jones Amex Card, or
    – you’re a supplementary cardholder on someone else’s primary card account.

    I suspect this is relevant for identifying eligible individuals that hold Amex cards already, however if I have never held an AMEX card, am I still eligible?

    Thank you,


    • Kris Brankovic 16 January 2018 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      Hi Marcus, you definitely are eligible. Happy travels!

  13. Sue Wright 16 January 2018 at 1:25 pm - Reply


    I have a question about repayment son the card monthly.

    Do you have to pay the full amount on the statement every month, or is it like credit card where you can just pay the minimum payment?
    Thanks Sue

    • Kris Brankovic 16 January 2018 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      You can pay the minimum amount, though you will incur interest charges if you don’t pay off the card in full each month.

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