Have you got 40,000 or so points lying around in your Velocity Frequent Flyer account but don’t know what to do with them? Well, here are seven ideas to inspire you!
If you don’t yet understand that maximum value of your points comes from redeeming them for flights—especially in Business and First Class—then read this guide first.
1. Fly coast-to-coast in Australia in Virgin Australia A330 Business Class
This is by far the most easily accessible premium cabin redemption available to Velocity members.
For 35,500 points, you can fly one-way between Sydney or Melbourne and Perth in Business Class. You’ll get lounge access at the airport as well as a lie-flat seat and friendly customer service.
You can also use the same amount of points to fly from Sydney or Melbourne to Fiji. The A330—as opposed to the Boeing 737 which features recliner seats—is most commonly found on Saturday flights to Nadi.
2. Enjoy Singapore Airlines’ excellent regional Business Class seat within Asia
Singapore’s flag carrier is one of the best in the world.
If you already find yourself in Singapore, you can use 38,000 Velocity Points to book a one-way flight to places like Hong Kong, Taipei or Manila. This will be on Singapore Airlines’ Boeing 787-10 or medium-haul Airbus A350 aircraft.
You’ll get a lie-flat (albeit narrow) seat along with Singapore Airlines’ famed customer service.
3. Travel in comfort within North America and the Carribean with Delta
Delta’s my favourite of the three big US carriers (the others are American Airlines and United). They generally provide excellent service and their planes are modern.
Most of the time when flying Business Class (they call it First Class) within North America, you’ll get a recliner seat. However, on some popular routes like Las Vegas – New York, you’ll get a lie-flat seat.
To give you an idea, for 35,500 Velocity Points, you can fly one-way in Business Class between New York and anywhere in the highlighted area.
4. Jet across the Tasman with Virgin Australia or Singapore Airlines
You can fly direct between most major New Zealand and Australian cities with Virgin Australia in their comfortable 737 Business Class, in an intimate 8 seat 2-2 layout, for only 35,500 points.
The Virgin Australia Boeing 737 Business Class seat
Alternatively, if you’re in Wellington, you can fly with Singapore Airlines to Melbourne for only 38,000 points on their Boeing 777–200 with angled lie-flat seats—the most comfortable option between these cities by a long shot.
5. Book five short Economy Class flights within Australia
The cheapest Velocity Point redemption is for flights under 600 miles on Virgin Australia, which cost 7,800 points each.
With 40,000 Velocity Points, you could book five of these flights (plus taxes, of course). Here are some examples of the routes you can fly:
6. Save money on intra-Hawaiian island flights
Are you headed to Hawaii for a tropical holiday? Chances are you’ll fly into Honolulu, but you may need an intra-island flight to get to your final destination.
You can use your Velocity Points to fly on Hawaiian Airlines. With 40,000 points, you can book four one-way journeys for 10,000 points each.
Given that the Hawaiian Islands are so close together, the longest flight you’ll take is just 50 minutes.
7. Transfer your Velocity Points to KrisFlyer
Some Singapore Airlines redemptions cannot be booked through partner programmes like Velocity. That’s because Singapore Airlines reserves some seats for its own KrisFlyer members.
Some partner programmes cannot access Singapore Airlines’ best Business and First Class seats
However, you can convert 40,000 Velocity Points into just under 26,000 KrisFlyer miles. What can they get you? Well, I’d aim to fly Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A350 Business Class from Singapore to somewhere in Southeast Asia like Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur.
There are many different ways to get the most out of your Velocity Frequent Flyer balance. Knowing that you can use them not only on Virgin Australia flights but also for travel on partner airlines is key.
My advice is to aim to use them for Business Class travel between the coasts of Australia, for Trans-Tasman flights, as well as elsewhere internationally. However, there can also be some good uses for Economy Class travel within Australia and Hawaii.
Supplementary images courtesy of respective airlines
Looking for more inspiration for how to spend your hard-earned frequent flyer points?
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