Due to Australia’s highly urbanised population, travellers based in regional and rural areas don’t often enjoy the same earning and redeeming options as those in major cities.

That’s why there is good news for people living in regional New South Wales in the addition of FlyPelican as a new earn partner for Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program.

FlyPelican routes and fleet

Based at Newcastle Airport and operating a fleet of four small aircraft carrying 19 passengers each, FlyPelican flies mainly within regional Australia and to Canberra.

Here is their route map as of May 2017:

FlyPelican route map

Their newest route is Dubbo – Canberra, which is useful for travellers from the Central West to connect to Singapore Airlines’ services to Singapore and Wellington as well as the planned Canberra – Doha route slated to start in 2018.

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Earn rates

Similar to Virgin Australia domestic flights but differing to Virgin Australia international and all other partner flights, you’ll earn Velocity Points based on the amount you pay for the ticket rather than the distance flown.

You can see from the table below that you’ll earn between 1 and 2 Velocity Points per dollar spent on most fares:

FlyPelican fare type

Points will post within seven days of the flight.

Just note that you cannot earn points on PelConnex Q fares and that you cannot earn Velocity Tier Points or Status Credits on FlyPelican flights.

You can not currently redeem Velocity Points on FlyPelican flights – it’s only an earning partnership.

You also cannot check baggage between Virgin Australia and flyPelican flights.

How to earn points

You generally have four options to credit points to Velocity:

  • enter your frequent flyer number when making the booking
  • go into Manage My Booking on the FlyPelican website and enter your number (or you may have to submit the number through an enquiry form)
  • give your number to the check-in or gate agent on the day of your flight
  • retroactively credit your flight up to 30 days after you have already taken it

Supplementary images courtesy FlyPelican

Regional NSW travellers get a new Velocity earn partner: FlyPelican was last modified: June 20th, 2019 by Matt Moffitt