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.

Virgin Australia’s Boeing 737 Business Class is simple but comfortable for shorter flights.

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 PointsEconomy RewardBusiness Reward (30% off)
Short domestic (e.g. Sydney to Melbourne)7,800 points15,500 points
10,800 points
Medium domestic (e.g. Melbourne to Brisbane)11,800 points23,500 points
16,400 points
Long domestic (e.g. Brisbane to Perth)17,800 points35,500 points
28,400 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.

Eligible flights before 24 October 2020 will show the discount for Business Reward seats.

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 FreedomFrom Economy Elevate or Getaway
Short domestic (e.g. Sydney to Melbourne)4,900 points
3,430 points
10,000 points
7,000 points
Medium domestic (e.g. Melbourne to Brisbane)7,400 points
5,180 points
17,500 points
12,250 points
Long domestic (e.g. Brisbane to Perth)9,900 points
6,930 points
30,000 points
21,000 points

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.

VA Upgrade with Velocity Points
Virgin Australia allows upgrades to be performed instantly, online.

Read our guide on how to upgrade flights with Velocity Points

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.

Summing up

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?

Virgin Australia launches limited 30% off sale on Business Class reward seats and upgrades was last modified: September 8th, 2020 by Brandon Loo