American Express Virgin Velocity Platinum - 100k Velocity Points, $375 annual fee
Last Updated: 27 Aug 2017
American Express Velocity Platinum Credit Card
The American Express Velocity Platinum Credit Card is a decent Credit Card overall, with the current highlight being a 60k Velocity Points bonus. There is no explicitly stated expiry date.
Summary of the card:
- The 60k Velocity Points sign-up bonus
- As usual, this excludes those who either currently hold, or have previously held an American Express Credit Card issued by American Express directly (i.e. not NAB/CBA/Westpac/ANZ) in the last 18 months from obtaining this sign-up bonus.
- $375 annual fee
- Min Household Salary Requirement: $65k p.a.
- Note that this is per household, which theoretically means you could factor in a partner's salary
- A free domestic flight every card year on Virgin Australia [See here for routes]
- This flight does not have to be booked in the name of the cardholder
- To search for approximate availability, search Virgin Australia's website using the "Points + Pay" option to see if there is any "Saver" economy class availability on your desired route & date.
- A unique Travel Insurance covering Domestic & International Travel which does not have a requirement for:
- Minimum spend
- The flight to touch Australia
- A return airfare to be purchased
- 2x Access to the Sydney/Melbourne International Airport American Express Lounge per calendar year
- The Melbourne version is not open yet, but is tipped to open later in the year. I would assume eligibility to use the lounge would be the same.
- 2x Virgin Australia lounge invitations per card year
- Ongoing earn rate of 1.5 Velocity Points/$, equivalent to 1.1 KrisFlyer Points/$
- 2.5 Velocity Points/$ for expenditure on Virgin Australia
- 0.5 Velocity Points/$ for expenditure on "government bodies" (including Australia Post)
What can 60k Velocity Points get you?
- $300 in Coles Gift Cards
- 7x short Domestic flights (under 600 miles, e.g. SYD-MEL, SYD-BNE) - not including tax cost
- 44444 KrisFlyer Miles, which is enough for the following:
- Australia one-way to Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Southern China, in Economy Class (28k Miles - cheaper from Darwin/Perth) or vice versa
- Australia one-way to Northern China (Beijing, Shanghai) in Economy Class (38k KrisFlyer Miles - cheaper from Darwin/Perth) or vice versa
Is this a good ongoing card?
I would rate this card a solid 7/10. This rating is based on:
- The inclusion of a versatile free domestic flight which does not have to be booked in the name of the cardholder
- For those based in Perth who would utilise a Perth-Adelaide or Perth-Sydney return trip, this represents awesome value which will likely be more than worth the $375 annual fee
- The uniquely (good) Travel Insurance which covers both Domestic & International Travel, and does not have a minimum spend amount, nor a requirement for the trip to be based in Australia
- [Sydney/Melbourne] 2x Access to the Sydney International Airport American Express Lounge per calendar year. A Melbourne lounge is tipped to open up later in the year.
- The American Express Explorer Card which I posted about last week is probably better for most people, with the only exception I can think of being for those who are based in Perth who would prefer the option of having a Perth-Adelaide/Perth-Sydney return flight over an arguably more versatile $400 Travel Credit.
- In particular, the ongoing earn rate of 2 Membership Rewards Gateway Points/$ can be converted to 1.5 Velocity Points at any time, but it is also convertible to many other program currencies, making it superior
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