If you’re just starting out, then 80,000 Velocity Points is a good number to aim for. It’s easy enough to achieve with a single credit card sign-up, but also big enough to unlock a variety of interesting flight rewards.
In this guide, we go over 7 ways to use your 80,000 Velocity Points balance for maximum value — both for domestic rewards now and international rewards down the track. One key thing to note is that the best-value rewards usually involve Business and First Class travel.
Did you know: The American Express Velocity Platinum Card comes with 90,000 bonus Velocity Points — enough to fly return Business Class anywhere within Australia — plus a $300 statement credit, four lounge passes and a free domestic return flight benefit every year!
Now-ish: fly coast-to-coast return in Virgin Australia Business Class
This option is heavily dependent on WA’s borders, of course, which usually becomes more restricted whenever there is a small outbreak in the eastern states, unfortunately.
But regardless of whether you can travel now with an exemption or would rather wait until later, your Velocity Points are good for a round-trip from the eastern states over to Perth.
It takes only 35,500 Velocity Points each way (or 71,000 points return), which allows you 2,400 miles (3,862 km) to travel each way.
Given that Perth to Melbourne is only 1,670 miles (2,690 km) and Perth to Sydney is 2,037 miles (3,278 km), you can still add short connecting flights to your main transcontinental flight without affecting the overall price, as long as the total distance remains under 2,400 miles.
For example, you can also fly Perth to Melbourne to Launceston for the same 35,500 points one-way, and enjoy the extra space afforded in Virgin’s Boeing 737 Business Class.
Now: Upgrade from domestic Economy to Business Class up to 16 times
A balance of 80,000 Velocity Points could be potentially enough for up to 16 upgrades to Business Class on Australian domestic and some 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 (giving you a maximum of 16 upgrades through this way). This could be handy if work pays for a flexible Economy flight but you want to upgrade cheaply.
At the other end of the scale, a discount Economy (Getaway or Elevate) ticket on a transcontinental route requires 30,000 points to upgrade, so you can do it twice, perhaps on a return journey.
Now: Book 10 short Economy Class flights (or 5 in Business) 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 80,000 Velocity Points, you could book 10 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 (or in Business Class for 15,500 points, which gives you 5 flights):
New to doing all this? Check out our Point Hacks guide to booking Virgin Australia reward flights.
Later: Singapore Airlines Suites Class from Singapore to Hong Kong from 56,000 points one-way
If you want to sample Singapore Airlines’ fancy Suites Class, even on a short four-hour flight, then you may be in luck, once Velocity enables international flight redemptions again.
For just 56,000 Velocity Points from Singapore to Hong Kong, you could start your journey in The Private Room, which features a proper restaurant dining experience.
If you land the updated Airbus A380, then this spacious suite would be yours for the next four hours. Otherwise, the airline’s other First Class products are still quite fancy too.
If Velocity also re-enables points transfers to KrisFlyer, then you could later send 58,125 Velocity Points and receive 37,500 KrisFlyer miles, which is enough to book the same trip directly through Singapore Airlines.
Later: Etihad First Apartment between London and Abu Dhabi for 78,000 points one-way
Add this to our post-pandemic wishlist. Etihad’s First Apartment is one of the most luxurious First Class products in the world, with a comfy bed, chef-prepared food, fine champagne and an onboard shower.
It is only found on select routes serviced by the Airbus A380 from the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub. The lowest-cost redemption is the seven-hour flight from Abu Dhabi to London or Paris for 78,000 Velocity Points.
You will have access to the Etihad First Class Lounge & Spa if departing from Abu Dhabi, The House lounge if departing London, or the Etihad lounge from Paris.
Do note that Etihad First Class redemptions using Velocity Points attract a US$300 fee per segment (on top of taxes). Once again, you’ll have to wait for Velocity to open up international partner redemptions.
Later: Singapore Airlines Business Class to destinations in Asia from 53,000 points one-way
Back to Singapore Airlines again, which is a firm fan favourite partner of Virgin Australia and Velocity Frequent Flyer.
Perth-Singapore flights start at 53,000 Velocity Points in Business Class, which gives you up to 3,600 miles to travel. Since the distance between the two cities is only 2,432 miles, that means you can add on a shorter connecting flight at no extra cost—such as to Bangkok.
Flights from the eastern states start from 65,000 Velocity Points in Business Class, and you will be able to experience some of the latest seats on selected flights out of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.
Later: Fly transatlantic on Virgin Atlantic Upper Class from 49,500 points one-way
Virgin Atlantic in London is one of two major partner airlines that benefit from being in the same points table as Virgin Australia itself, which means lower rates overall (the other partner is Delta in the US).
Just 49,500 Velocity Points will net you a Virgin Atlantic Upper (Business) Class seat between London and New York or Boston. The taxes component is also drastically less with Velocity, as detailed in this guide.
It may be a year or two away still, but one can dream. On the day of travel, your journey starts off at the fabulous Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse lounges.
You will enjoy the seven-hour flight across the pond in a lie-flat seat and with an in-flight bar as well. Virgin Atlantic recently picked up the keys to new Airbus A350 jets
Velocity Frequent Flyer offers numerous ways to redeem your points both close to home and far abroad, with a decent mix of partner airlines. However, international redemptions are still suspended, for now, so your immediate options involve domestic journeys.
But once overseas travel opens up again for all, 80,000 Velocity Points will certainly come in handy and get you a lot of ‘travel for your buck’ in Business and First Class compared to buying toasters, for example.
Just remember reward seat availability is generally limited especially on popular routes, so if there’s a seat you want, book first and ask questions later! These bookings usually have more lenient cancellation terms than normal commercial tickets.
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Looking for more inspiration for how to spend your hard-earned frequent flyer points? Here is a comprehensive list of all of our Best Uses of Points guides. There may be some overlap but each guide has its own twist.
Qantas Frequent Flyer
- Best uses of Qantas Points
- ‘Ultimate’ uses of Qantas Points
- Best uses of 60,000 Qantas Points
- Best uses of 75,000 Qantas Points
- Best uses of 80,000 Qantas Points
- Best uses of 100,000 Qantas Points
- When it makes sense to use your Qantas Points for domestic travel in Economy (and when it doesn’t)
- Best uses of Qantas Points from the East Coast
- Best uses of Qantas Points from Perth
- Reader responses: what is the best use of Qantas Points?
- Seven of the cheapest Qantas Points redemptions for luxurious Emirates flights
- The cheapest ways to fly Cathay Pacific First Class with Qantas Points
Velocity Frequent Flyer
- Best uses of Velocity Points
- Best uses of 40,000 Velocity Points
- Best uses of 80,000 Velocity Points
- Best uses of 100,000 Velocity Points
- Five flight redemptions that maximise your Velocity points balance
American Express Membership Rewards
- Best uses of Etihad Guest miles
- Etihad Guest vs Velocity for Virgin Australia flights comparison guide