There a few partnerships that Velocity Frequent Flyer Members can take advantage of to earn Velocity points for hotel stays – domestically in New Zealand, across the Tasman in Australia, and beyond.
This post is intended as a brief overview – a guide for those who didn’t realise you could also earn Velocity points from your hotel stays and want to know the basics.
In short, there are a few different types of partnerships between Velocity, hotel chains and online aggregators to understand from which you can earn points from your hotel stays:
- booking through the Agoda PointsMAX, Virgin Australia Holidays and Kaligo portals
- earning directly from select hotel partners
- transferring your points to Velocity from hotel loyalty programs
The battle of the online portals: Agoda PointsMAX vs Virgin Australia Holidays vs Kaligo
There are three portals that offer Velocity points for hotel bookings, so which one earns you the most?
At the start of 2017, Virgin Australia introduced a new partnership with Kaligo and tweaked its old one with Agoda. That’s on top of being able to book through their own portal too.
Careful: prices and earn rates differ between all three.
To analyse the partnerships, I compared how much five hotels in Adelaide would cost on a random weeknight in March 2017 and found that Kaligo offered the cheapest price for three of them, and Agoda for two of them. But Kaligo comes with a catch – you have to redeem Velocity points as well.
So, who’s the winner?
Offers a solid earn rate and quite competitive prices but they tend to be higher than booking directly.
If you book by 30 November 2017 (for stays even after that date), then you’ll earn triple Velocity points on your booking/s.
Offers a flat 3 Velocity points per $ spent, but usually has higher prices than the other two portals listed here.
Offers 3 Velocity points per $ spent on the cash component of a hotel booking, but you also have to fork out 4,000 Velocity points for the redemption in the first place.
Kaligo’s offering does not represent great value, as according to our target redemption value for Velocity points at 2 cents, Kaligo’s pricing would need to be more than $80 cheaper (4000 x 0.020) than the other two to make it worthwhile parting with your points.
I didn’t see a price discrepancy this big when comparing between the three portals, and the 2c target is the lowest you should go for when making a redemption in my view.
Make sure you do a comparison between all three portals – Agoda PointsMAX, Virgin Australia Holidays and Kaligo – but if you are stuck on time, chances are you will earn the most Velocity points from Agoda PointsMAX.
Velocity Frequent Flyer Hotel Partners
Velocity Frequent Flyer has partnered with a number of hotels and resorts in and outside New Zealand and Australia. If you book directly with one of these partners, you’ll earn Velocity Points for your stay, if on a qualifying rate.
To earn points, show your Velocity membership card during check-in or add your frequent flyer number to the hotel booking over the phone or online before you stay. If you don’t have your physical membership card on you, you can always download the Virgin Australia app and display your card through that.
This table lists all participating Hotel Partners, and the number of points you can earn.
|Hotel/brand||For stays in Australia||For stays overseas, including New Zealand|
|Adina Apartment Hotels||3 points per $1 AUD|
|Ascend Collection||3 points per $1 AUD||600 points per stay|
|Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas||1000 points per stay|
|Atlantis The Palm Dubai||1000 points per stay|
|Australis||3 points per $1 AUD|
|Ayers Rock Resort||3 points per $1 AUD|
|Beach Club Hamilton Island||3 points per $1 AUD|
|BLUE Sydney||3 points per $1 AUD|
|Candlewood Suites||600 points per stay|
|Chifley Hotels & Apartments||3 points per $1 AUD|
|Clarion||3 points per $1 AUD||600 points per stay|
|Comfort||3 points per $1 AUD||600 points per stay|
|Conrad Hotels & Resorts||3 points per $2 USD|
|Country Comfort||3 points per $1 AUD|
|Crown Hotels||3 points per $1 AUD|
|Crowne Plaza||3 points per $1 AUD||600 points per stay|
|DoubleTree by Hilton||3 points per $2 USD||3 points per $2 USD|
|Eaton Hotels||1000 points per stay|
|Econolodge||3 points per $1 AUD||600 points per stay|
|Embassy Suites Hotels||3 points per $2 USD|
|Grand Chifley||3 points per $1 AUD|
|Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton||3 points per $2 USD|
|Hilton Garden Inn||3 points per $2 USD|
|Hilton Grand Vacations||3 points per $2 USD|
|Hilton Hotels & Resorts||3 points per $2 USD||3 points per $2 USD|
|Holiday Inn & Holiday Inn Express||3 points per $1 AUD||600 points per stay|
|Home Valley Station||3 points per $1 AUD|
|Homewood Suites by Hilton||3 points per $2 USD|
|Hotel Indigo||600 points per stay|
|InterContinental Hotels & Resorts||3 points per $1 AUD||600 points per stay|
|Leisure Inn Hotels & Suites||3 points per $1 AUD||1000 points per stay|
|Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort||1000 points per stay|
|Medina||3 points per $1 AUD|
|Morgans Hotel Group||1000 points per stay|
|Next Hotel||3 points per $1 AUD|
|One&Only Hayman Island||3 points per $1 AUD|
|One&Only Resorts||1000 points per stay|
|Palazzo Versace||3 points per $1 AUD|
|Palm Bungalows Hamilton Island||3 points per $1 AUD|
|Pan Pacific Hotels & Resorts||3 points per $1 AUD|
|Park Regis||3 points per $1 AUD||1000 points per stay|
|PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts||3 points per $1 AUD||1000 points per stay|
|Piermonde Apartments||3 points per $1 AUD|
|Qualia Hamilton Island||1 point per $1 AUD|
|Quality Inn||3 points per $1 AUD||600 points per stay|
|Reef View Hotel Hamilton Island||3 points per $1 AUD|
|Rendezvous Grand Hotels||3 points per $1 AUD||1000 points per stay|
|Rendezvous Hotels||3 points per $1 AUD||1000 points per stay|
|Rendezvous Studio Hotels||3 points per $1 AUD||1000 points per stay|
|Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts||3 points per $1 AUD||1000 points per stay|
|Staybridge Suites||600 points per stay|
|Sundowner||3 points per $1 AUD|
|The Langham Hotels & Resorts||3 points per $1 AUD||1000 points per stay|
|The Langham Hotels & Resorts||1000 points per stay|
|Travelodge Hotels Australia and NZ||2 points per $1 AUD|
|Vibe Hotels||3 points per $1 AUD|
|Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts||3 points per $2 USD|
Note that you can only earn miles at Hilton properties via Hilton points transfer only as of 2 April 2018.
Earn Velocity points from hotel stays by transferring hotel loyalty program points to Velocity
You can also earn Velocity Points when you transfer your existing hotel loyalty program points from participating hotel partners to your Velocity Account.
Participating hotel partners:
- Choice Privileges: 20,000 Choice Privileges Points = 3,000 Velocity Points
- Hilton Honors: 10,000 Honors Points = 1,500 Velocity Points
- IHG Rewards Club: 10,000 IHG Rewards Club Points = 2,000 Velocity Points
- Le Club AccorHotels: 1 Le Club AccorHotels point = 1 Velocity Point
- Starwood Preferred Guest: 1 Starpoint = 1 Velocity Point (remember, you get a 5,000 bonus if you transfer more than 20,000 Starpoints)
- Shangri-La Golden Circle: 1 Golden Circle Award Point = 1 Velocity Point
In many cases if you know you want to only earn and keep Velocity points, and aren’t aiming for hotel program status you would be better to earn Velocity points directly into your Velocity account rather than target hotel programs. Some exceptions to this might include specific hotel bonus promotions to earn you points from your stay in the hotel program.
Earning Velocity points from hotel stays isn’t hard – in fact, if you’re loyal to Velocity you’d be silly not to try and book your hotel stays in a way to maximise your points.
There’s a large range of Velocity and hotel partners to take advantage of – and as always, do your comparisons and sums to make sure you’re not missing out on a better cash deal by booking elsewhere.