Update: Alitalia has now added Virgin Australia codeshare numbers to many of its domestic flights from Rome to other Italian cities, including Venice, Florence and Palermo. You can check the list here.
Crediting Virgin Australia flights bought this month to MilleMiglia instead of Velocity will net you double miles in Economy Class and triple miles in Business, but is it worth the switch? If flying domestically, no; but if travelling abroad, yes.
The promotion details
- Double miles in Economy and Premium Economy Class
- Triple miles in Business Class
- Booking period: 1 to 30 September 2016
- Travel period: 1 September 2016 to 28 February 2017
Flights must carry Virgin Australia and Alitalia codeshare flight numbers, however it seems that Virgin Australia flights cannot be booked through the Alitalia website (as shown below), so we are assuming you can book through the Virgin Australia website (or a third party) and link your MilleMiglia membership number to the ticket at the time of booking or check-in.
Virgin Australia flights between Sydney and:
- Coffs Harbour
- Gold Coast
- Sunshine Coast
Virgin Australia flights between:
- Sydney and Abu Dhabi
Alitalia flights between:
- Abu Dhabi and Rome
- Abu Dhabi and Milan
- Abu Dhabi and Venice (until 29 October 2016)
When does it make sense to credit to MilleMiglia instead of Velocity?
MilleMiglia awards miles based on the distance flown, whilst Velocity awards a generous 5 Velocity Points per $1 spent on domestic flights and has a distance-based award chart for international flights.
I took three routes as examples to compare the earning potential based on fare class. For the Sydney to Melbourne flight, I searched for fares on a random weekday in November 2016 for each of the fare classes in order to calculate the VA earn.
The winner of each class is highlighted in bold. Where there is no number bolded, it means that the earning is equal in both programs.
|One-way Flight and Fare Class||Earning with Velocity||Regular earning with MilleMiglia||Earning with MilleMilgia with bonus|
|Sydney to Melbourne on VA|
|Deep Discount Economy (S Class)||580 ($116 fare)||109||218|
|Discount Economy (T)||780 ($156 fare)||219||438|
|Economy (Y)||1480 ($296 fare)||438||876|
|Business (D)||3755 ($751 fare)||876||2628|
|Sydney to Abu Dhabi on VA|
|Deep Discount Economy (S)||3745||1872||3745|
|Discount Economy (T)||3745||3745||7490|
|Abu Dhabi to Rome on Alitalia|
|Deep Discount Economy (S)||1345||672.5||1345|
|Discount Economy (T)||2690||1345||2690|
My conclusion is that if you are purchasing a ticket on Virgin Australia between Sydney and a domestic destination, you will earn more points when you credit to Velocity instead of MilleMiglia.
Conversely, if you are flying from Sydney to Abu Dhabi on Virgin Australia and potentially then onto one of the three Italian destinations (Rome, Milan or Venice) on Alitalia on a full-fare Economy or Business Class ticket, with this temporary bonus, you will earn more points through MilleMiglia.
If you are flying internationally on a Deep Discount or Discount Economy ticket, there is either no or little difference between the programs, so you should probably stick to Velocity for geographical reasons.
Where can your MilleMiglia miles get you?
Flying return on a full-fare Economy Class ticket from Sydney to Italy will net you just over 40,000 miles with MilleMiglia, which is enough for a one-way Business Class ticket on a Virgin Australia flight within Australia or to the Pacific Islands. (For the same return flight credited to Velocity, you’d only get enough points for a one-way Business Class flight between Sydney and Melbourne.)
If flying in Business, you’ll rack up just over 120,000 miles, which is a one-way Business Class ticket to the US, potentially in Virgin Australia’s new 777 Business Class.
You can join MilleMiglia here, and you will get a 2,000-point welcome bonus.
Featured image courtesy of Alitalia.