Buy Velocity Points with 20% bonus: is it worth it?

A guide to buying Velocity Frequent Flyer points

GUIDE: Buying Points
DIFFICULTY: Intermediate
TIME TO READ: 2 minutes
POSTED: February 8, 2019
UPDATED: February 11, 2019
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: Velocity Frequent Flyer

Virgin Australia is offering a 20% bonus when buying Velocity Points until 1 March—this equates to around 1.95c per point at the top tier if purchasing the maximum 250,000 points.

Buying Velocity Points might make sense when topping up your balance for a specific award redemption on Virgin Australia, or a partner like Singapore Airlines, Delta or Hawaiian Airlines.

This guide explains the basics of how and when you can purchase Velocity Points, plus an example redemption.

The essential info

If you are short of the required Velocity Points for a redemption, you can buy the remaining points needed online.

These are the key caveats:

  • Each purchase must be a minimum of 500 points
  • 250,000-point maximum purchase per calendar year
  • The price per point varies according to the level
  • No limit to the frequency of points purchases up to the maximum
  • While you must tell Velocity how you think you’ll be using the points that you buy, there is nothing that appears to hold you to this choice

With this promotion, if you purchase the minimum of 500 points, you’ll get a bonus of 100 points, meaning that each point is costing you 3c each. That is above what we value Velocity Points at (1.9c each), so I wouldn’t recommend buying points at this level specutatively.

However, if you buy the maximum of 250,000 points with a 50,000-point bonus, then that drops the per-point price down to 1.95c each, which is much more reasonable.

Note: Velocity Points expire after 24 months of inactivity in your account, so make sure to keep your account active by earning/redeeming points regularly.

An example redemption

One of the best uses of Velocity Points is for flying Business Class between the East and West Coasts of Australia for 35,500 Velocity Points one-way.

Virgin Australia A330 Business Class

If you had, say, 20,000 Velocity Points already in my account, you could top up with 15,600 points for $399 under the current promotion. Note that you’ll need to pay taxes and charges on any award redemption.

Offer history

Sometimes Velocity offers a bonus and sometimes a discount.

MonthBonusDiscount
February 201920%
August 201815%
April 201815%

Other ways to earn Velocity points

Summing up

Make sure there is award availability for the redemption you are eyeing off before purchasing the points needed to top up your balance.

As we aim to get at least 1.9c per-point value from Velocity Points, I would suggest you only buy points for a specific redemption rather than speculatively.

Buy Velocity Points with 20% bonus: is it worth it? was last modified: February 11th, 2019 by Matt Moffitt