Get the Best Rate Converting Flybuys Points to Virgin Flights

virgin_fbThanks to the new partnership between Flybuys and Virgin Australia’s Velocity program, there are now more ways than ever to redeem your Flybuys points! Flybuys points, which are earned at Coles, can be redeemed for groceries, merchandise and gift vouchers, as well as flights and hotels booked through the Flybuys travel portal.

But if you want to redeem your points for flights, you can now transfer your points to two frequent flyer programs: Etihad Guest and Virgin Australia Velocity. If you’re planning to use your points to fly on Virgin Australia, these methods will provide much better value for your Flybuys points.

10,000 Flybuys points can be converted to 4,000 Etihad Guest miles. Flybuys points can also be converted to Velocity Frequent Flyer, at a rate of 2,000 Flybuys points to 870 Virgin Velocity points. Between the two programs, points can be redeemed for travel on over 30 airlines.

Importantly, both programs allow redemptions on Virgin Australia… and there are some excellent value redemptions available. But if you’re planning to use your Flybuys points for Virgin Australia flights, which program should you transfer to?

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The short answer is… it depends. Both programs charge virtually identical taxes for Virgin Australia reward flights – but they do not charge the same number of points! This means there are numerous sweet spots across both programs.

To help you out, we’ve put together a guide to using your Flybuys points for Virgin Australia flights! Find out more HERE.


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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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