The ability to transfer points from Virgin Australia’s Velocity program to Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer has been available since November 2014, and it is one of the only frequent flyer program partnerships in the world which allow you to transfer your points between programs (British Airways and Iberia also allow you to transfer between each other).

You can transfer points/miles in either direction at a rate of 1.55 points/miles in the origin program equating to 1 point/mile in the destination program.

How to and why to transfer your points between Velocity and KrisFlyer | Point Hacks

Through this unique partnership, Velocity Points can be used for THAI First Class

For example, you can get 100,000 KrisFlyer miles when you transfer 155,000 Velocity Points and visa versa.

Why make a transfer?

The ability to transfer points between the programs is most useful for Australia-based Velocity members. It is not too hard to amass a chunky Velocity balance given the aggressive way they have acquired partners and offered points-earning opportunities here to compete with Qantas Frequent Flyer.

KrisFlyer miles are also more valuable than Velocity points in my book, so taking a hit of KrisFlyer miles on the way to Velocity does not make too much sense.

As such, there would not be too many overseas KrisFlyer members trying to take advantage of this function—mostly it will be Velocity Points holders looking to take advantage of KrisFlyer redemptions on Singapore Airlines flights. We explore when it makes sense to transfer your Velocity Points to KrisFlyer for Singapore Airlines redemptions in this guide.

Singapore Airlines has a superb international network and inflight product and acceptable redemption rates—along with good availability in most cases for flights in Business and First Class.

How to and why to transfer your points between Velocity and KrisFlyer | Point Hacks

Singapore Airlines A350/777-300ER Business Class

You can also get free/cheap stopovers when redeeming through KrisFlyer, something that Velocity does not allow.

Finally, KrisFlyer members have access to better award availability for premium cabin redemptions on Singapore Airlines flights, including A380 Suites Class.

Singapore Airlines A380 Suites Class

Singapore Airlines A380 Suites Class

An example

KrisFlyer is ideal for long-haul redemptions on Singapore Airlines-operated flights. A quick search for a Melbourne to London one-way Business Class flight including the miles needed and taxes & fees looks like this:

one-way Business Class flight example

Put simply, this is nearly 24 hours in one of the world’s best Business Class products—for 23,000 points less than the equivalent flight when redeeming through Qantas Frequent Flyer. Plus, you will not pay fuel surcharges on KrisFlyer redemptions for Singapore Airlines flights.

Calculating how many points you’ll receive when you transfer

The calculation is fairly straightforward—for every 1.55 Velocity Points, you’ll receive 1 KrisFlyer mile.

Similarly, for every 1.55 KrisFlyer miles, you will receive 1 Velocity points.

More simply, the transfer rate is 0.6452—so transferring 100,000 Velocity Points would earn you 64,516 KrisFlyer miles, and vice versa.

Terms for points transfers

The main notable restriction is that accounts need to match by name and birthdate, so you do need to do same person-to-person transfers, with no room for transferring points to a friend or family account.

Making the transfer from Velocity to KrisFlyer

The transfers are initiated from the website of the frequent flyer program you are transferring from.

Once logged into your Velocity account, navigate to Link & Transfer > Airline Points Transfer.

Velocity account

If you have not yet linked your Velocity and KrisFlyer accounts, this is where you will do so. And then you can transfer points by clicking on the Transfer Now button.

Transfer Velocity points

Note that there is a minimum points transfer of 5,000 Velocity Points.

Transfer Velocity points

Points transfers are supposed to be instant, however, if they do not land within 24 hours, you can phone Velocity to chase it up.

Note that KrisFlyer miles expire three years after they are earned/land in your account, so factor that into your redemption strategy.

Summing up

If you have Velocity Points and are looking at making a redemption to Europe or Asia, transferring them over to KrisFlyer rather than redeeming through Velocity directly can often get you better value.

Similarly, if you already have an active KrisFlyer balance and you need to top it up to make a redemption, this is a great way to do so.

Velocity devalues transfer rate to KrisFlyer was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by Matt Moffitt