Kaligo partners with Velocity as a new earn and redemption option for hotel bookings – but it’s poor value

Beginner's guide to earning Velocity Points for hotel stays

GUIDE: Earning Points
DIFFICULTY: Easy
TIME TO READ: 3 minutes
POSTED: January 24, 2017
UPDATED: March 14, 2017
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: Velocity Frequent Flyer

There a few partnerships that Velocity Frequent Flyer Members can take advantage of to earn Velocity points for hotel stays, both domestically in Australia and beyond.

This post is intended as a brief overview, a guide for those who didn’t realise you could also earn Velocity points from your hotel stays and want to know the basics.

Short version: there are a few different types of partnerships between Velocity, hotel chains and online aggregators to understand from which you can earn points from your hotel stays – booking through Virgin Australia Holidays, Kaligo or Agoda PointsMAX; earning directly into Velocity from hotel partners; and transferring your points to Velocity from a hotel loyalty program.


The battle of the online portals: Virgin Australia Holidays vs Kaligo vs Agoda PointsMAX

There are three portals that offer Velocity points for hotel bookings, so which one earns you the most?

At the start of 2017, Virgin Australia introduced a new partnership with Kaligo and tweaked its old one with Agoda. That’s on top of being able to book through their own portal too.

Careful: prices and earn rates differ between all three.

To analyse the partnerships, I compared how much five hotels in Adelaide would cost on a random weeknight in March 2017 and found that Kaligo offered the cheapest price for three of them and Agoda two of them. But Kaligo comes with a catch – you have to redeem Velocity points as well.

So, who’s the winner?

  1. Agoda, which offers at least 4.5 Velocity points per $ spent (depending on your Velocity status) and quite competitive prices.
  2. Virgin Australia Holidays, which offers a flat 3 Velocity points per $ spent, but usually has higher prices than the other two portals.
  3. Kaligo offers 3 Velocity points per $ spent on the cash component of a hotel booking, but you also have to fork out 4,000 Velocity points for the redemption in the first place.

Kaligo’s offering does not represent great value as, according to our target redemption value for Velocity points at 1.9 cents, Kaligo’s pricing would need to be more than $76 cheaper (4000 x 0.019) than the other two to make it worthwhile parting with your points.

I didn’t a price discrepancy this big when comparing between the three portals – and the 1.9c target is the lowest you should go for when making a redemption in our view.

Make sure you do a comparison between all three portals – Virgin Australia Holidays, Kaligo and Agoda PointsMAX – but if you are stuck on time, chances are you will earn the most Velocity points from Agoda.

Velocity Frequent Flyer Hotel Partners

Velocity Frequent Flyer has partnered with a number of hotels and resorts in and outside Australia. If you book directly with one of these partners, you’ll earn Velocity Points for your stay, if on a qualifying rate.

To earn points, show your Velocity membership card during check-in or add your frequent flyer number to the hotel booking over the phone or online before you stay.

This table has the participating Hotel Partners within Australia and the number of points you can earn.

Hotel or BrandVelocity points earned on stays in AustraliaVelocity points earned on overseas stays
Adina Apartment Hotels3 points per $1 AUD
Ascend Collection3 points per $1 AUD600 points per stay
Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas1000 points per stay
Atlantis The Palm Dubai1000 points per stay
Australis3 points per $1 AUD
Ayers Rock Resort3 points per $1 AUD
Beach Club Hamilton Island3 points per $1 AUD
BLUE Sydney3 points per $1 AUD
Candlewood Suites600 points per stay
Chifley Hotels & Apartments3 points per $1 AUD
Clarion3 points per $1 AUD600 points per stay
Comfort3 points per $1 AUD600 points per stay
Conrad Hotels & Resorts2 points per $1 USD
Country Comfort3 points per $1 AUD
Crown Hotels3 points per $1 AUD
Crowne Plaza3 points per $1 AUD600 points per stay
DoubleTree by Hilton2 points per $1 USD
DoubleTree by Hilton2 points per $1 USD
Eaton Hotels1000 points per stay
Econolodge3 points per $1 AUD600 points per stay
Embassy Suites Hotels2 points per $1 USD
Grand Chifley3 points per $1 AUD
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton2 points per $1 USD
Hilton Garden Inn2 points per $1 USD
Hilton Grand Vacations2 points per $1 USD
Hilton Hotels & Resorts2 points per $1 USD
Hilton Hotels & Resorts2 points per $1 USD
Holiday Inn & Holiday Inn Express3 points per $1 AUD600 points per stay
Home Valley Station3 points per $1 AUD
Homewood Suites by Hilton2 points per $1 USD
Hotel Indigo600 points per stay
Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts3 points per $1 AUD600 points per stay
Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts1 point per $1 USD
Leisure Inn Hotels & Suites3 points per $1 AUD1000 points per stay
Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort1000 points per stay
Medina3 points per $1 AUD
Meritus Hotels & Resorts1000 points per stay
Morgans Hotel Group1000 points per stay
Next Hotel3 points per $1 AUD
One&Only Hayman Island3 points per $1 AUD
One&Only Resorts1000 points per stay
Palazzo Versace3 points per $1 AUD
Palm Bungalows Hamilton Island3 points per $1 AUD
Pan Pacific Hotels & Resorts3 points per $1 AUD
Park Regis3 points per $1 AUD1000 points per stay
PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts3 points per $1 AUD1000 points per stay
Piermonde Apartments3 points per $1 AUD
Qualia Hamilton Island1 points per $1 AUD
Quality Inn3 points per $1 AUD600 points per stay
Reef View Hotel Hamilton Island3 points per $1 AUD
Rendezvous Grand Hotels3 points per $1 AUD1000 points per stay
Rendezvous Hotels3 points per $1 AUD1000 points per stay
Rendezvous Studio Hotels3 points per $1 AUD1000 points per stay
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts3 points per $1 AUD1000 points per stay
Staybridge Suites600 points per stay
Sundowner3 points per $1 AUD
TAJ Hotels Resorts & Palaces1000 points per stay
The Langham Hotels & Resorts3 points per $1 AUD1000 points per stay
The Langham Hotels & Resorts1000 points per stay
Travelodge Hotels Australia and NZ2 points per $1 AUD
Urban Hotels3 points per $1 AUD
Vibe Hotels3 points per $1 AUD
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts2 points per $1 USD

Earn Velocity points from hotel stays by transferring hotel loyalty program points to Velocity

You can also earn Velocity Points when you transfer your existing hotel loyalty program points from participating hotel partners to your Velocity Account.

Participating hotel partners:

  • Starwood Preferred Guest – 1 Starpoint = 1 Velocity Point
    Transfer 20,000 Starpoints and receive 5,000 bonus Points
  • Choice Privileges Reward Program – 20,000 Choice Privileges Points = 3,000 Velocity Points
  • Hilton Honors – 10,000 Honors Points = 1,500 Velocity Points
  • IHG Rewards Club – 10,000 IHG Rewards Club Points = 2,000 Velocity Points
  • Shangri-La Golden Circle – 1 Golden Circle Award Point = 1 Velocity Point

In many cases if you know you want to only earn and keep Velocity points, and aren’t aiming for hotel program status you would be better to earn Velocity points directly into your Velocity account rather than target hotel programs. Some exceptions to this might include specific hotel bonus promotions to earn you points from your stay in the hotel program.

Summing up

Earning Velocity points from hotel stays isn’t hard. In fact, if you’re loyal to Velocity you’d be silly not to try and book your hotel stays in a way to maximise your points.

There’s a large range of Velocity and hotel partners to take advantage of and, as always, do your comparisons and sums to make sure you’re not missing out on a better cash deal by booking elsewhere.