Should I book Etihad operated flights directly or through Virgin to maximise Velocity earn and status?

I’m booking one way Sydney to Madrid next year, with the flight operated by Etihad I can book directly with them or Virgin.

To maximise my Velocity points and Stauts points does it matter if I book directly with Etihad (EY) or Virgin (VA)? I just can’t seem to find a definitive answer on the Velocity pages.

Hi bringa,It appears that there are no difference in the amount of SC earned. Book the cheaper ticket.