Velocity Status Credits are typically earned through flying but there are also a few ways you can earn some extra Status Credits on the side, including by shopping at Coles.
While they will not amount to much on their own, they will come in very handy if you find yourself just short of reaching or requalifying for your Velocity status.
Maximising Status Credits earn by grocery shopping
You can earn 1 Status Credit for every $100 spent at Coles, Coles Online, Liquorland and First Choice Liquor, when you scan your flybuys card (which is linked to your Velocity account).
At the end of every month, your total eligible spend across the shops are tallied up, and you will earn 1 Status Credit for every whole $100 spent (no partial credits are awarded). Individual transactions do not need to be above $100—they will all be added together.
Shopping at Coles is the easiest way to earn Velocity Status Credits
There is a limit of 10 Status Credits permonth (from spending $1,000). Over 12 months, you would be able to earn a maximum of 120 Status Credits from a $12,000 spend, which is definitely doable for a large family.
Occasionally, ‘double Status Credit’ offers are run, where you will earn 2 Status Credits per $100 for that month. In those cases, there may be a higher maximum limit in place for that promotion.
Tobacco and gift card purchases, as well as charity donations, are exempted from earning Status Credits but alcohol purchases are included.
Status Credits usually post within one week after the end of the previous month and go straight to your Velocity account.
You can see that I earned a total of 7 Status Credits this month, including 3 from my Family Pooling co-member
As per usual, you will continue to earn 1 flybuys point per dollar of spend at these stores when scanning your flybuys card.
Every 2,000 flybuys points can be converted to 870 Velocity points but we recommend waiting for bonus transfer offers which usually pop up twice a year. Our guide to the Velocity-flybuys partnership is the go-to place for more information on that unique redemption option.
A couple who spends $115/week on groceries at Coles and $40/month at Liquorland, and scans their flybuys card on every transaction, can expect to receive 5 Status Credits for that month.
If they keep that up for a whole year, that is 60 Status Credits just from their monthly shop, not including any special promotions.
Velocity Gold is the sweet spot for many travellers, with lounge access included
Assuming one of them is trying to maintain Velocity Gold status (400 Status Credits), this means they are already 15% there without setting foot on a plane.
To put it into perspective, 60 Status Credits is the equivalent of 6 return Sydney-Melbourne trips on the cheapest Economy fare, so it does reduce the amount of flying you would otherwise need to do.
How to register
- Sign up for flybuys if you have not already
- Also join Velocity Frequent Flyer if you do not yet have an account
- Head to your flybuys account online and link it to your Velocity membership
- Scan your flybuys card whenever shopping at Coles, Liquorland or First Choice Liquor
If you do not already shop with Coles and you want to achieve or maintain Velocity status, then it is definitely worth factoring this into a decision to switch from Woolworths (where you can earn Qantas Points but no Status Credits).
The Status Credits do add up over a year, and the flybuys program also allows you to transfer your points to Velockty for Virgin Australia and partner airline redemptions, with bonus transfer promotions every few months.
The important thing is to try to not let this change your spending habits too much—just buy what you would normally get, and take the Status Credits as a bonus on the side.