Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer Guides
Velocity Frequent Flyer is loyalty program of Virgin Australia. Since Virgin Australia's rebrand and relaunch undertaken throughout 2011 and 2012, Velocity has become a real competitor to Qantas Frequent Flyer for customer loyalty.
The key differences of Velocity to Qantas Frequent Flyer are consistently good award seat availability on most of Virgin's routes; partnerships with a range of banks and their flexible points programs; reduced redemption costs compared to Qantas; and an increased range of earning partners.
A decent offer for New Zealand-based travellers who have a healthy balance of hotel program points and have a Velocity redemption in mind.
The points earn is the equivalent to earning about 25% cashback on your ticket, so stock up if you have travel planned.
There will be brand-new lounges in Brisbane and Wellington, with some passengers in other airports shifted away from Air NZ lounges.
This is a great way to fast-track your way to elite status. Flights to/from Hong Kong and LA are excluded this time around.
With changes to Velocity’s award chart coming into effect earlier this month, it was time for us to revise where the best redemptions of Velocity points can be found. Thankfully, there are still some good-value opportunities.
80,000 Membership Rewards Points plus $200 travel credit and unlimited lounge access with the Amex Platinum Charge
The is the highest points-earning card in the market and includes unlimited airport lounge access, a $200 travel credit, a free hotel night, and the equivalent of 40,000 points with the likes of Qantas, Asia Miles and KrisFlyer.
There is a new ‘Carrier Charge’ coming, which will increase in cost the further you fly.
Velocity’s estore allows Velocity members to earn points for purchases made online after signing in and clicking through to a range of retailers.
Come January 2019, you will need to transfer 15% more Velocity Points to get the same amount of KrisFlyer miles as now.
Ever been quoted over 500,000 points for a redemption? Here’s how to avoid that.
You’ll now earn more renting from Europcar rather than Hertz or Thrifty in New Zealand and Australia. Plus, a few special promotions on until February.
I wanted to share my discovery that one of the best uses of Velocity Points is for Virgin Atlantic Upper Class redemptions. Here is how I used only 40,000 points + $14.90 NZD in taxes to book a $7,000 USD flight from New York to London.
Velocity’s excellent and very useful ‘Family Pooling’ feature offers an easy way for couples and families to work together when trying to build their points and status balances.
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 […]
Now that Velocity members can book directly book Singapore Airlines First Class awards, here’s our comparison guide. The results may surprise you.
The first leg of my flight from Europe back to Australia was in Etihad’s Diamond First Class from Geneva to Abu Dhabi, redeemed using Velocity Points, and I really enjoyed it! Etihad’s ‘standard’ long-haul First Class product offers an excellent seat, and for my flight, great service.
The United States is one of the most popular routes for New Zealanders to redeem frequent flyer points, however, it is also one of the hardest routes to find Business Class or First Class award availability on due to high demand. Here are your best options for using Velocity Points fly across the Pacific.
Our take on Etihad’s luxurious A380 flagship First Class Apartments. Australians and Kiwis have several options to access this Etihad product with frequent flyer points, and it’s worth well aiming for.
We’ve road-tested Etihad’s A380 flagship Business Class – and it’s excellent. Kiwi’s have several options for to access Etihad flights with points, and it’s worth well aiming for.
We size up Virgin America’s First Class cabin and explain how to redeem Velocity Points and KrisFlyer Miles for Virgin America flights. Virgin Australia’s sister airline is towards the top of US domestic airlines, with good-value Velocity redemptions.
Virgin Australia’s “The Business” on their A330 fleet offers a level of space and service that’s a cut above what you’ll find with most other airlines for domestic flights around the world. Here’s our overview guide of what to expect (or aspire to!) when travelling in Virgin Australia’s A330 Business Class.
A couple of months have passed now since I finished my first US Status Run. In the first post I was sitting in the Auckland Emperor Lounge explaining the trip to Aruba I was about […]
With Qantas just announcing their own status hold program, I thought it would be worth revisiting Velocity’s offering for new parents. I’ve taken advantage of this twice in the last 5 years for our two […]
Upgrades are almost always a handy use of points if travelling in Premium Economy or Business Class is on your wish list. Going after upgrades from paid fares, rather than outright redemptions using your points […]
How to search for award seats on Virgin Australia and tips for making Velocity 'award' bookings using your Velocity points
Half the battle with frequent flyer points are finding the seats you want for your trip and using your points for your ideal travel goal. In this introductory guide I’ll run through how I search […]