Vanuatu is a superb tropical holiday destination, and the beautiful Vanuatu Islands are just a short flight from Australia! In fact, a direct flight from Brisbane to Port Vila takes less than 3 hours. Here’s some more good news: you can redeem frequent flyer points to Vanuatu.
Redeem Virgin Australia Velocity Points to Vanuatu
Virgin Australia flies 3x weekly from Brisbane to Port Vila, Vanuatu. These flights operate during the middle of the day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
You can redeem Virgin Velocity points for a seat on one of these Virgin Australia flights. A one-way Economy ticket from Brisbane to Port Vila costs just 11,800 Velocity points and $94.31 in government & airport taxes. On the way back, you’ll pay the same amount of Velocity points and $82.91 in taxes. And if you’re after a little luxury, Business Class reward seats are available for 23,500 Velocity points and the same amount of taxes. You can book on the Virgin Australia website.
Redeem Etihad Guest Miles to Vanuatu
There’s an even cheaper way to fly to Vanuatu with frequent flyer points! It costs only 6,900 Etihad Guest miles to book a Virgin Australia Economy flight from Brisbane to Port Vila. Business Class costs 13,800 Etihad miles. The same tax amounts quoted above are also payable. You won’t be able to redeem Etihad Guest miles for Virgin Australia flights online though – call Etihad Guest on 1300 532 215 to book Virgin Australia reward flights.
Etihad Guest is a transfer partner for many Australian credit cards. It was also previously possible to transfer Coles Flybuys points to Etihad Guest. But this option has been temporarily suspended for the time being.
You can also buy Etihad Guest miles for USD20 ($27) per thousand. To buy enough miles for a return Business class ticket to Vanuatu would cost USD560 ($753). Accounting for the taxes you’ll also pay when redeeming the miles, you’d pay $930 in total for a round-trip Business class ticket. This compares favourably to Virgin’s $1,387 Business class saver fare!
Redeeming Qantas Points to Vanuatu
In theory, it’s also possible to redeem Qantas Frequent Flyer points for international Air Vanuatu flights. Qantas partners with Air Vanuatu, which flies from Sydney and Brisbane to Port Vila. Air Vanuatu also has a weekly Brisbane-Espiritu Santo service. If any reward seats are available, they will be shown on the Qantas website.
Unfortunately, we have been unable to find a single Air Vanuatu flight between Australia and Vanuatu with award availability! You can still use Qantas points to fly to Port Vila via Noumea or Nadi, but this generally involves long layovers. So if you want to redeem your points for a holiday in Vanuatu, Qantas Frequent Flyer is not the program for you!
Would you like help with redeeming your frequent flyer points?
Frequent Flyer Solutions offers a personalised service that’s designed to take the hard work out of redeeming your frequent flyer points!
Award Flight Assist can help you to find the perfect flights using your points. Just let the team know how many points you have and where you would like to go, and they’ll prepare an itinerary for you.