Velocity Frequent Flyer members have access to a rare, coveted feature – the ability to exchange points with Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer. Even better, the rate hasn’t changed from pre-COVID. It’s still 1.55 Velocity Points to one KrisFlyer mile, with a minimum transfer of 5,000 Velocity Points.
This is one of the most unique features of the partnership between Velocity Frequent Flyer and the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program, and we’re certainly glad that it’s back.
How do I transfer points from Velocity to KrisFlyer?
- Go to the ‘Airline Points transfer’ page on the ‘Member Benefits’ section of the Velocity website.
- Link your Velocity and KrisFlyer accounts if you haven’t already done so.
- Choose the number of Velocity Points to send over.
- Click on ‘Transfer Now’ to complete the transfer.
- The KrisFlyer miles should transfer instantly, but it may take up to 24 hours.
Note that there is a minimum points transfer of 5,000 Velocity Points to KrisFlyer. And keep an eye on the calendar, because KrisFlyer miles expire three years after they are earned.
Why should I transfer points between Velocity and KrisFlyer?
The ability to transfer points from Virgin Australia’s Velocity program to Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer has been available since November 2014 (with a two-year pause during COVID). It’s one of the only frequent flyer program partnerships in the world that allows you to transfer your points between programs. (Another major example is British Airways, Qatar Airways and Iberia).
You can transfer points/miles in either direction at a rate of 1.55 points/miles in the origin program, equating to one point/mile in the destination program. Note that you can’t reverse a transfer – if you transfer the points back to the original program, you’ll lose another hit in the conversion rate.
For example, when you transfer 155,000 Velocity Points, you’ll get 100,000 KrisFlyer miles. But if you transfer those KrisFlyer miles back to Velocity, you’ll only end up with 64,516 Velocity Points.
Why make a transfer from Velocity to KrisFlyer?
The ability to transfer points between the programs is most useful for Australia-based Velocity members. It isn’t too hard to amass a chunky Velocity balance given the aggressive way they have acquired partners and offered points-earning opportunities to compete with Qantas Frequent Flyer.
1. To access more Singapore Airlines seats
While you can use your Velocity Points for travel on Singapore Airlines in all cabins, better award availability is usually given to KrisFlyer members.
If you want to book a flight in Suites, First or Business Class, then you may not be able to do so through Velocity. In that case, you should transfer your points to KrisFlyer.
Singapore Airlines has a superb international network and inflight product, which are available at excellent redemption rates. That’s along with good availability in most cases for flights in Business and First Class. Plus, you won’t pay fuel surcharges on KrisFlyer redemptions for Singapore Airlines flights.
2. To book seats earlier
KrisFlyer opens its award calendar 355 days before departure, whereas Velocity members have to wait until 330 days. That means that KrisFlyer members are at an advantage as they can snap up the seats more quickly. Especially in this day and age where reward seats are in huge demand, early access is important.
3. To access Star Alliance partner airlines
By transferring Velocity Points to KrisFlyer, you open a new world of redemptions with Star Alliance. Make sure you browse the award charts or price up the booking online before you transfer, to see if the number of Velocity Points required is worth it. Do note that KrisFlyer award rates for Star Alliance partners are higher than with Singapore Airlines.
4. Save money on carrier charges
Velocity Frequent Flyer now levies a carrier charge of up to US$150 per sector for Singapore Airlines flights. For example, Sydney-Singapore-London in Business Class would incur US$240 in carrier charges each way.
But by transferring your Velocity Points to KrisFlyer, you could escape those unnecessary fees and only pay the true taxes and fees on the reward.
Note: There are many cases where it might not be worth transferring points from Velocity to KrisFlyer just to save on carrier charges, as you’ll then lose points in the conversion process. Be sure to work out how many more points you’d spend and how much you’d save to see if it’s worth it to you.
5. You can book a round-the-world ticket
Velocity does not directly offer a redemption option for round-the-world trips. However, Singapore Airlines does – for 280,000 KrisFlyer miles from 1 August 2022. That means you can transfer 434,000 Velocity Points over to KrisFlyer to take advantage of this option.
Note: the higher price of 280,000 miles in Business Class has not yet been updated in all of our guides.
The ability to transfer points between Velocity Frequent Flyer and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer is unique. Not many other programs allow this, so we’re very glad it’s back in action.
The main reason you’d do this would be to access increased award availability for Singapore Airlines flights. However, transfers can also make sense to save on carrier charges, book a round-the-world ticket or top up your KrisFlyer balance.
Just make sure that you understand that points do not transfer over 1:1. The rate is 1.55 to one in either direction. And once the miles land in your KrisFlyer account, you only have three years to use them before they expire.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, you can. This unique partnership converts 1.55 points/miles to 1 point/mile in the other program. That means that you do lose value in transferring your points between these two programs. However, it can be useful to top up your balance for a redemption or to access more award availability.
No, you cannot. Velocity and Qantas are direct competitors, which means that points in their frequent flyer programs cannot be transferred back and forth. However, Velocity Points can be transferred to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer.
Very few frequent flyer programs allow you to convert or share points. However, Velocity Frequent Flyer and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer allow this. In addition, Avios can be transferred between British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus and AerClub.
Yes, you have a number of options to transfer Velocity Points. You can perform a Family Transfer of a minimum of 5,000 points to a family member. A more effective way to do this is to set up Family Pooling. You can also transfer your Velocity Points to Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer frequent flyer program.
Yes, you can. Singapore Airlines is a Velocity Frequent Flyer partner. Its flights fall into Table 2 of the Velocity award chart. However, you may find that award availability is limited for Velocity members. In that case, it may make sense for you to transfer your Velocity Points to Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer frequent flyer program.
No, you cannot. However, you can use Etihad Guest miles for redemptions on Virgin Australia flights. Conversely, you can also use Velocity Points for Etihad flights. However, do watch out for the hefty Etihad Airways Reward Seat Carrier Charge.