Last week we showed you how to redeem Qantas points for trans-Atlantic flights between North America and Europe. This week we turn our attention to Virgin Australia Velocity trans-Atlantic reward flights.
Virgin Australia doesn’t have quite as many partner airlines as Qantas, but there are still plenty of options across the Atlantic. Velocity reward seats are available with Delta, Virgin Atlantic, Alitalia, Singapore Airlines and even Air New Zealand. Plus, thanks to a unique feature of the Velocity Frequent Flyer program, you can also access Star Alliance award availability.
Redeem Velocity Points with Delta Airlines
Delta Airlines flies an impressive 52 trans-Atlantic routes from its hubs across the United States. With so many flights to choose from, you’ll usually find at least one flight with available reward seats. But Delta’s fuel surcharges aren’t great with $205.20 payable on a one-way Velocity reward seat from the USA to Europe. Delta awards can be booked on the Virgin Australia website.
Redeem Velocity Points with Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic is another key partner airline for Velocity trans-Atlantic redemptions. Virgin Atlantic flies to 11 US cities from its hubs in London and Manchester. You’ll need to call Velocity to book Virgin Atlantic reward flights, but you can search for availability on Virgin Atlantic’s own website before calling. As well as the airline’s great product, another key benefit of redeeming Velocity points on Virgin Atlantic is no fuel surcharges!
Other Velocity partners flying between Europe and North America include Alitalia, Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand. Italy-based Alitalia flies to 5 US cities, as well as Toronto in Canada. Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand both operate fifth-freedom flights across the Atlantic. Award availability on Singapore Airlines’ Frankfurt-New York and Manchester-Houston services is reasonable. But you’re unlikely to find anything other than Economy award availability on Air New Zealand. The following map shows routes operated by Virgin Atlantic (in red), Alitalia (green), Singapore Airlines (yellow) and Air New Zealand (blue).
Transfer Velocity Points to KrisFlyer
A unique benefit of the Velocity Frequent Flyer program is the ability to transfer your points to the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program. If you’re having trouble redeeming your Velocity points, consider using KrisFlyer miles instead for a Star Alliance redemption. You can redeem KrisFlyer miles to fly on Star Alliance carriers including United, Air Canada, Swiss Airlines, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, TAP Portugal, Scandinavian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines. You can even fly Ethiopian Airlines from Dublin to Los Angeles or Air India from London to Newark. Turkish Airlines also has excellent award availability to/from Istanbul.
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