I thought having 200k velocity points would help me in flying from Melbourne to Milan during the xmas period. Ideally I’d like to fly out on 26/12 return anywhere between 14-17 Jan 2017 but I’m finding all reward seats either sold or on a waitlist.
Can anyone advise what other options I may have apart from purchasing a full fare using no points.
I’m starting to think accumulating all these points hasn’t really helped me in travelling over this period.
An alternative would be to check if there’s availability on Singapore Airlines – you can do this on their website. I’m skeptical you’ll find availability MEL-SIN, and SIN-MEL, but you might get lucky. If you’re prepared to fly to/from ADL, CBR, SYD or BNE you’ll increase your chances. My feeling is SIN-MXP and MXP-SIN you’re more likely to find something. Also check alternate airports SQ flies to in Europe.
If you find availability, transfer enough Velocity points over (allowing for the 1.35:1 transfer ration), and book immediately. It’s 95k Krisflyer miles each way, plus a 15% discount for booking online. This works out to be a bit less than 220k Velocity points return trip. If you don’t have this many, you can borrow some from an eligible family member. You can also buy blocks of 1000 SQ miles for US$40 each.