Joining Qantas Frequent Flyer, Asia Miles and KrisFlyer in our series of the best uses of 100,000 points, in this guide, we outline our top nine recommendations for using your Velocity points balance for maximum value.
With the American Express Velocity Platinum offering 75,000 Velocity Points for signing up before 14 November 2018, you’re already on your way to accessing some of the redemptions below.
One key thing to note is that the best value redemptions are to be had by redeeming for Premium Economy, Business or First Class flights. To understand why, consider joining the Point Hacks ‘earning more points’ email course.
1. Perth to Sydney/Melbourne three times in a lie-flat seat for 106,500 points
Virgin Australia and Qantas are locked into battle on the highly lucrative routes which carry a lot of Business traffic, so they have both upgraded most of their coast-to-coast services to Airbus A330s.
This aircraft features flat-bed seats and direct aisle access in a 1-2-1 configuration for the flight lasting 3½ to 5½ hours, depending on the airport and direction of travel.
The airline also employs this aircraft on a seasonal basis for Saturday flights between Sydney/Melbourne and Nadi, costing 71,000 points return from Sydney (Zone 3) and 99,000 from Melbourne (which just creeps into Zone 4, unfortunately).
Read more: Virgin Australia A330 Business Class review
2. Virgin Australia ‘The Business’ from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane to Los Angeles for 95,500 points one-way
Virgin Australia has refurbished their Boeing 777 long-haul fleet to feature what is arguably the best Business Class product currently flying direct between Australia and the US.
Note that direct Australia to US flights is one of the hardest routes to find premium cabin award availability on due to high demand, and recent trends from Velocity have seen availability limited.
If you can find an open seat, the direct Virgin Australia flights from the East Coast to Los Angeles are a high-value redemption.
3. Virgin Australia Business Class from Sydney/Melbourne to Hong Kong 59,500 points one-way
Virgin Australia launched its direct Melbourne – Hong Kong service in July 2017 and Sydney flights a year later, going head-to-head with rival Qantas and Cathay Pacific.
Just like the two featured redemptions above, these flights feature its upgraded ‘The Business’ suites.
Read more: Virgin Australia’s China expansion
4. Etihad First Apartment from London/Paris to Abu Dhabi for 78,000 points one-way
Etihad’s First Apartment is one of the most luxurious First Class products in the world, with a comfy bed, chef-prepared food, fine champagne and an onboard shower.
It is only found select routes serviced by the Airbus A380 from Etihad’s Abu Dhabi hub.
The cheapest one is the seven-hour flight London or Paris for 78,000 Velocity points, followed by New York for 134,000 points.
Sydney receives the A380 a redemption in First Apartments is priced at 152,500 points one-way.
Do note that Etihad First Class redemptions using Velocity Points attract a US$300 fee per segment (on top of taxes).
5. Singapore Airlines First Class Suites from Sydney/Melbourne to Singapore for 95,000 points one-way
Singapore Airlines First Class Suites is another of the best First Class products in the world and is available on routes serviced by the Airbus A380, which includes Sydney and Melbourne to Singapore.
Whilst not the latest First Class product, you’ll find more Saver level availability for Singapore Airlines older A380 Suites product
You’ll enjoy excellent customer service, delicious food and a wide beverage selection, including Dom Pérignon and Krug. The lie-flat bed turn-down service is with Givenchy linens.
6. Transfer to KrisFlyer for better Singapore Airlines Business Class award availability
Singapore Airlines has one of the best Business Class products in the world, especially on its modern Airbus A350 fleet, which is currently flying between Singapore and Melbourne/Brisbane, amongst other routes.
With KrisFlyer no longer applying fuel surcharges to Singapore Airlines redemptions and releasing more award space in its premium cabins to its own members, the option to convert your Velocity points into KrisFlyer miles is an attractive one.
Read more: How to transfer Velocity points to KrisFlyer
7. Virgin Atlantic Upper Class between London to New York/Boston for 99,000 return
From its hubs at London Gatwick and Heathrow, Virgin Atlantic flies to a surprising number of destinations in the US, including New York, Boston, Washington, Florida, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as Caribbean countries like Cuba, Barbados and Mexico.
New York and Boston creep into Zone 4, offering the cheapest redemptions of these destinations.
Plus, if you depart from New York JFK, you’ll have access to the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, known as one of the best airline lounges in the entire country.
Read more: Virgin Australia’s and Qantas’ key partners
8. Fly three people on a short-haul domestic flight for 93,000 points return
On shorter domestic flights such as Melbourne to Adelaide, Sydney to Brisbane, and Hobart to Melbourne, peak-time Economy fares can be relatively expensive but you can often book a Business Class short-haul domestic redemption for 15,500 points one-way, with better award availability than Qantas.
Even better, we’ve booked four Business awards on some Virgin Australia flights where there are only eight seats in the whole cabin, which is quite generous availability.
Read more: The best uses of Velocity Points
Closer to home, Velocity Frequent Flyer offers very good award availability on Virgin Australia-operated flights, with its smaller international network compared to Qantas supplemented by aspirational redemptions on quality carriers like Singapore Airlines and Etihad.
Supplementary images courtesy of respective airlines and frequent flyer programs.
Looking for more inspiration for how to spend your hard-earned frequent flyer points?
Here is a comprehensive list of all of our Best Uses of Points guides. There may be some overlap but each guide has its own twist.
Qantas Frequent Flyer
- Best uses of Qantas Points
- ‘Ultimate’ uses of Qantas Points
- Best uses of 60,000 Qantas Points
- Best uses of 80,000 Qantas Points
- Best uses of 100,000 Qantas Points
- When it makes sense to use your Qantas Points for domestic travel in Economy (and when it doesn’t)
- Best uses of Qantas Points from the East Coast
- Best uses of Qantas Points from Perth
- Reader responses: what is the best use of Qantas Points?
- Seven of the cheapest Qantas Points redemptions for luxurious Emirates flights
- The cheapest ways to fly Cathay Pacific First Class with Qantas Points
Velocity Frequent Flyer
- Best uses of Velocity Points
- Best uses of 100,000 Velocity Points
- Five flight redemptions that maximise your Velocity points balance
- Best uses of Etihad Guest miles
- Etihad Guest vs Velocity for Virgin Australia flights comparison guide
American Express Membership Rewards
- Best uses of 100,000 American Express Ascent Membership Rewards points
- Best uses of 100,000 American Express Gateway Membership Rewards points