Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program is offering bonus points if you book a return Etihad Airways flight from Australia to the Middle East, Europe or Africa.
When you book an Etihad flight in Economy class by 29 February 2020, you’ll earn enough bonus Velocity points to book a one-way Virgin Australia Economy class flight of up to 600 miles, such as Sydney-Melbourne or Brisbane-Canberra. The 7,800 bonus Velocity points could also score you a reward flight of up to 600 miles on Delta or Alitalia (or, in theory, Virgin Atlantic – except that they only operate long-haul flights).
Similarly, if you book an eligible Etihad Airways flight in Business or First Class, you’ll earn 15,500 bonus Velocity points. That’s enough to book a one-way Virgin Australia reward seat in Business class.
This offer is available if you book a return Etihad Airways flight from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to an eligible destination between 1-29 February 2020, for travel between 20 February and 12 December 2020.
To receive the bonus points, you’ll need to first activate this offer on the Velocity Frequent Flyer website and enter your Velocity number at the time of booking.
Flights marketed or operated by Etihad Airways are eligible to earn bonus points, meaning you can either book with Etihad directly or through Virgin Australia on “VA” codeshares. Bookings made through travel agents are also eligible, provided you’ve already registered for the promotion on the Velocity website and provide your Velocity membership number when booking.
Etihad Airways currently has flights to Europe available from $1,137 return, for example from Sydney to Barcelona. You can view a full list of current flight deals on the Etihad Airways website.
There are currently 3 ways to fly to Europe with Velocity Frequent Flyer partner airlines: Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi; Singapore Airlines via Singapore; or Virgin Australia & Virgin Atlantic via Hong Kong. A fourth option – All Nippon Airways via Tokyo – will become available at the end of next month.
Although Etihad Airways last year introduced buy-on-board snacks in Economy class, Velocity Gold and Platinum members have access to the airline’s excellent Abu Dhabi lounges. Etihad also offers free two-night stopovers in Abu Dhabi, with a hotel paid for by the airline.
Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: Book an Etihad flight, get a free VA flight