Got a stash of Velocity Points sitting around just waiting to be used? Velocity Frequent Flyer is discounting domestic Business Class Reward Seats and upgrades by 30% — but there’s a catch. You’ll have to book and travel by 24 October 2020.
At Point Hacks, we’ve always encouraged readers to use points for Business (and First Class) reward seats where possible, as it tends to give you the biggest bang for your buck. If you’re able to travel in the next six weeks, then it could be worth taking advantage of the deal now.
Curious as to what you get in Business Class? For those without elite status, perks usually include:
- Lounge access (although these are still temporarily closed)
- Better inflight catering (but currently limited to water and snacks)
- Wider Business Class seat
- 2x 32kg checked baggage allowance
- Priority check-in, screening, boarding and baggage
Virgin Australia notes that the current travel climate means certain services are reduced, so temper your expectations accordingly.
Please note, due to the impacts of COVID-19, Virgin Australia lounges remain temporarily closed and inflight catering is currently limited to water and complimentary snacks.– Virgin Australia spokesperson
Using Velocity Points for Business Class reward seats
With the current sale, here are some example rates for domestic travel:
|Using Velocity Points||Economy Reward||Business Reward (30% off)|
|Short domestic (e.g. Sydney to Melbourne)||7,800 points|
|Medium domestic (e.g. Melbourne to Brisbane)||11,800 points|
|Long domestic (e.g. Brisbane to Perth)||17,800 points|
With the gap between Economy Reward and Business Reward seats narrowing considerably during this sale, it’s a no brainer to splurge on Business Class if you can.
If you need to cancel a domestic reward seat and it’s not covered under existing travel waiver policies, expect to pay 4,500 Velocity Points or $35 to do so, per person.
Using Velocity Points for Business Class upgrades
Want to use Velocity Points for UpgradeMe Seats? Here are the points you would need from the various fare classes.
|Using Velocity Points to upgrade to Business Class||From Economy Freedom||From Economy Elevate or Getaway|
|Short domestic (e.g. Sydney to Melbourne)|
|Medium domestic (e.g. Melbourne to Brisbane)|
|Long domestic (e.g. Brisbane to Perth)|
Remember that upgrades on domestic flights can be done instantly if there is Business Reward seat availability on your desired flight. If not, you can be put into a waitlist for upgrades, which will be actioned in the lead-up to departure.
If you need to cancel an upgrade with Velocity Points at least 24 hours before travel, it will cost you 4,500 points or $35. However, this fee is waived for Velocity Platinum frequent flyers.
As Virgin Australia prepares to leave voluntary administration under the wing of its new owner, Bain Capital, it’s heartening to see that Velocity Frequent Flyer is launching more promotions and initiatives to bring customers back into the air.
Just yesterday, there was a not-so-coincidental 20% bonus on Velocity Points transferred from banking and hotel partners, which goes well with this 30% discount on Business Class seats.
The main issue is that flights need to be booked and flown by 24 October 2020, which is still quite restrictive in this current travel climate. It will likely only benefit those who can travel intrastate on Virgin Australia-operated flights, or across domestic borders where permitted.
Will you be booking Business Class flights with the 30% off sale?