Velocity boosts the number of points you can buy – easier top-ups now available

A guide to buying Velocity Frequent Flyer points

GUIDE: Buying Points
DIFFICULTY: Intermediate
TIME TO READ: 2 minutes
POSTED: December 18, 2018
UPDATED: December 18, 2018
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: Velocity Frequent Flyer

Virgin Australia are now offering the ability to purchase up to 250,000 points per calendar year. You also no longer need a minimum percentage of points before being able to make a top-up.

Buying Velocity points might make sense when topping up your balance for a specific award redemption on Virgin Australia, or a partner like Singapore Airlines, Delta, or Hawaiian Airlines.

Our guide below explains the basics on how and when you can purchase Velocity points, plus an example redemption.

The essential info

If you’re short of the required Velocity points for a redemption on Virgin Australia or a partner like Singapore Airlines or Etihad, you can buy the remaining points needed online.

These are the key caveats:

  • Each purchase must be a minimum of 500 points
  • 250,000-point maximum purchase per calendar year
  • The $ AUD price per point varies according to the level, e.g. 500 points = $18 total = 3.6c per point // 25,000 points = $677 total = 2.7c per point // 50,000 points = $1172 total = 2.3c per point (approx; all prices include GST)—the best value is for purchases from 50,000 to 250,000 points
  • No maximum frequency of points purchases up to the maximum

Note that while you must tell Velocity how you think you’ll be using the points that you buy — there is nothing that appears to hold you to this choice.

An example redemption

One of the best uses of Velocity points is for flying Business Class between the East and West Coasts of Australia for 35,500 Velocity points one-way.

Virgin Australia A330 Business Class

If I had, say, 24,000 Velocity points already in my account, I could top up with 11,500 points for $371 AUD.

Other ways to earn Velocity points

Summing up

Make sure there is award availability for the redemption you are eyeing off before purchasing the points needed to top up your balance.

As we aim to get at least 2c per-point value from Velocity points, I’d suggest you only buy points for a specific redemption rather than speculatively.

Velocity boosts the number of points you can buy – easier top-ups now available was last modified: December 18th, 2018 by Daniel Kinnoch
Velocity boosts the number of points you can buy – easier top-ups now available was last modified: December 18th, 2018 by Daniel Kinnoch