Have you got 40,000 or so points lying around in your Velocity Frequent Flyer account but don’t know what to do with them? Well, here are a few ideas to inspire you, split into rewards you could conceivably book now, and those to earmark for later after COVID-19.
If you don’t yet understand that maximum value of your points comes from redeeming them for flights—especially in Business and First Class—then read this guide first. Also, be sure to check out the highest Velocity Points-earning credit cards we have this month.
Now: Fly coast-to-coast in Virgin Australia Business Class
In terms of getting the most flying time out of your points in a premium cabin, Virgin Australia‘s transcontinental Business Class is a steady contender. Unfortunately, the airline no longer has its Airbus A330s with lie-flat beds, so you’ll still be in a recliner.
For 35,500 points + taxes, you can fly one-way between Perth and various east-coast cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Onwards connections to nearby destinations such as Canberra and Launceston can often be added on with no extra points needed; just a bit more in taxes.
With Virgin Australia Business Class, you’ll get lounge access at the selected airports where available, plus friendly service.
|Note on Virgin Australia Business Class in 2021|
|Virgin Australia is relaunching its domestic Business Class in early 2021. Until then, expect lounge closures and minimal catering onboard, which currently consists of a snack box on all routes.|
Now: Upgrade from domestic Economy to Business Class up to 8 times
In the same vein as above, your starting balance of 40,000 Velocity Points could be potentially enough to redeem up to 8 upgrades in Business Class on Australian domestic and limited short-haul international flights.
It all depends on what Economy ticket you initially book, as we explain in our guide to Virgin Australia fare classes.
On short domestic flights booked in flexible Economy (Freedom), each upgrade only costs 4,900 points. At the other end of the scale, a discount Economy (Getaway or Elevate) ticket on a trans-continental route requires 30,000 points to upgrade, so you can only do it once.
Now: Book five short Economy Class flights within Australia
The cheapest flight reward you can get costs 7,800 Velocity Points for travel under 600 miles (965 km) on Virgin Australia.
With a balance 40,000 Velocity Points, you could book five of these flights (plus taxes, of course). This could give you especially good value for shorter regional routes where cash fares may be high.
Here are some examples of the routes you can fly for 7,800 points:
New to doing all this? Check out our Point Hacks guide to booking Virgin Australia reward flights.
Later: Use Velocity Points with international partners
Unfortunately, the ability to use Velocity Points on international partner airline flights and to transfer points to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer have both been temporarily paused, for now.
At the time of writing, you will not yet be able to do any of the reward ideas listed below. But we’ve preserved the details so you have a better idea with what you could do with your Velocity Points down the track.
1. Enjoy Singapore Airlines’ excellent regional Business Class within Asia
Singapore’s flag carrier is one of the best airlines in the world, recognised for its stellar service and seating onboard.
If you find yourself in Singapore one day (hopefully sometime soon), you can use 38,000 Velocity Points to book a one-way flight to places like Hong Kong, Taipei or Manila. This will be on Singapore Airlines’ Boeing 787-10 or medium-haul Airbus A350 aircraft.
You’ll get a lie-flat (albeit narrow) seat along with Singapore Airlines’ famed customer service.
2. Travel in comfort within North America and the Caribbean with Delta
Delta’s an easy favourite of the three big US carriers (the others are American Airlines and United), with generally excellent service and a modern fleet of jets.
Most of the time when flying domestic Business Class (they call it First Class) within North America, you’ll get a recliner seat. However, on some popular routes like Las Vegas – New York, you’ll get a lie-flat seat.
To give you an idea, for 35,500 Velocity Points, you can fly one-way in Business Class between New York and anywhere in the highlighted area. Read our review on what to expect from Delta domestic First Class.
3. Jet from Darwin to Singapore in SilkAir Business Class
SilkAir is currently Singapore Airlines’ regional subsidiary, however, it is on track to be folded back to the parent airline. Before COVI-19, SilkAir serviced both Darwin and Cairns.
From Darwin, you can fly the five hours to Singapore in full-service Business Class for 38,000 Velocity Points (Cairns costs 15,000 more). You’ll get a recliner seat similar to what you’d find on Qantas and Virgin Australia’s Boeing 737 aircraft, but a higher standard of service.
4. Save money on intra-Hawaiian island flights
Are you planning to go to Hawaii for a tropical holiday once borders open? Chances are you’ll fly into Honolulu, but you may need an intra-island flight to get to your final destination.
You can use your Velocity Points to fly on Hawaiian Airlines. With 40,000 points, you can book four one-way journeys for 10,000 points each. These flights can often be quite expensive with cash.
Given that the Hawaiian Islands are so close together, the longest flight you’ll take is just 50 minutes. Learn how to get to Hawaii in the first place, using frequent flyer points.
5. Transfer your Velocity Points to KrisFlyer
|Important: this transfer is currently suspended and no timeline has been given on when it will return.|
Some Singapore Airlines and Star Alliance partner redemptions cannot be booked through programs like Velocity. That’s because Singapore Airlines reserves some seats for its own KrisFlyer members.
However, you were previously able to convert 40,000 Velocity Points into just under 26,000 KrisFlyer miles. What can that get you? Well, it would be enough to fly Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A350 Business Class from Singapore to somewhere in Southeast Asia like Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur.
There are many different ways to get the most out of your Velocity Frequent Flyer balance. Unfortunately, only the domestic options are viable right now given the current travel climate.
My advice is to aim to use them for Business Class travel between the coasts of Australia as well as internationally. However, there can also be some good uses for Economy Class travel within Australia and Hawaii.
Supplementary images courtesy respective airlines. This article was previously written by Matt Moffitt.
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