What is the best way to earn 126 Velocity status points in the next 7 days from Melbourne?

VA Gold Member since 2017.
Due to COVID and work-related changes, I’ve barely flown in the last 3 years.
Gold Status has been extended by VA.
Based in MEL.
I have interstate and international trips coming up just after my review date (2nd June).

I require 126 SC.

Any creative suggestions on how to knock this off outside of business-class return MEL to BNE one day next week?

$1250ish MEL-SYD-BNE with SYD-BNE and BNE-MEL in Business.

(I did look at How best to re-qualify for Velocity Gold? but would love to keep Gold Status for upcoming interstate and international travel)

Melbourne to Cairns (via Brisbane, not Sydney) will net you 160SC in business class for $750+. Fly back to Melbourne via the cheapest means available.

Edit: Missed the 7 days bit, in which case prices seem to be around $815 mark.

I’d be looking up all of Virgin’s Queensland destinations (Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Proserpine, Hamilton Island, Townsville, Cairns etc) and seeing what’s available in Business at a relatively cheap price.

But also be aware that your status benefits will last for a month after your review date. So if your interstate and international trips are within a month of 2 June, you should still be able to access your Gold benefits.

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That flight to Cairns is the best $/SC I can see (approx $4.80/SC).

No afternoon VA flights so I’ll need to JQ back to BNE and then back to MEL.

Thank you for the tips and suggestions.


Booked J class all the way through MEL - BNE - CNS - should be 2 x 80 SC (160)

Arrive at BNE and handed a Y class boarding pass for the BNE - CNS leg of the flight…should I expect to be downgraded to 25 SC?

If your original booking was business, you should be able to request original routing credit (i.e. get the same status credits as before in your intended itinerary).

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Results are in:
Virgin Australia
31 May 23 - VA0309, Melbourne (Tullamarine)-Brisbane, Virgin Australia
2 days ago +3,374 Points +80 Status Credits +1 Eligible Sectors
Virgin Australia
31 May 23 - VA0781, Brisbane-Cairns, Virgin Australia
2 days ago +3,353 Points +35 Status Credits +1 Eligible Sectors

Not the best experience to fly Y through to Cairns (instead of J). No food & beverage were available for the trip as I didn’t have a physical card on me. No in-flight entertainment system as the replacement plane was “too old” for onboard wifi.