From today until 24 October 2020, you can get a 30% discount when redeeming Velocity Frequent Flyer points for Virgin Australia flights in Business class. You can also now get a 30% discount when using Velocity points to upgrade to Business class on Virgin Australia flights.
The 30% discount applies to the points required (but not taxes & carrier charges) on any Virgin Australia domestic flight where Velocity Business Reward seats are currently available. You would need to book and travel by 24 October 2020.
The Reward Seat discount will be automatically applied when you book an eligible Business Reward Seat on the Virgin Australia website.
With the 30% discount on Business Reward Seats, here’s the number of Velocity points you’ll need for a domestic Virgin Australia flight (excluding taxes & carrier charges) by 24 October 2020:
|Distance flown||Economy Class
(with 30% discount)
|0-600 miles||7,800 points||10,800 points|
|601-1,200 miles||11,800 points||16,400 points|
|1,201-2,400 miles||17,800 points||24,800 points|
The UpgradeMe discount will similarly be applied automatically if you upgrade from Economy class fare to Business on an eligible flight. Here’s the number of points you’ll need to upgrade with the 30% discount available until 24 October 2020:
|Flight distance||Upgrade from Getaway or Elevate||Upgrade from Freedom fare|
|0-600 miles||7,000 points||3,400 points|
|601-1,200 miles||12,200 points||5,100 points|
|1,201-2,400 miles||21,000 points||6,900 points|
UpgradeMe Points upgrades on Virgin Australia flights can be confirmed instantly if there is a Business Reward seat available on your flight.
Discount reflects reduced Business class service
The discount on the number of Velocity points required for Business Reward Seats and upgrades is fair as passengers are not currently receiving the full Business Class experience. Virgin Australia’s lounges all remain closed indefinitely, and on-board catering in Business class has been reduced to water and a granola bar or similar snack. There are currently no meals available on Virgin Australia flights.
At this point, you’re really just paying for the larger seat when booking Business class on Virgin Australia flights. But you do at least still get priority check-in, priority boarding and an additional baggage allowance. If you also want lounge access and a meal on board, you’ll have to fly Qantas!
The minimal Business class service is likely to remain at least until Virgin Australia emerges from voluntary administration. This is expected to happen around the end of October – when this deal expires.
Earn points back when redeeming for hotels or car hire
Velocity Frequent Flyer is also currently offering points back when members redeem for hotel or car hire bookings.
You can currently get 2,000 points back if you use at least 4,000 Velocity points towards a hotel booking with Velocity Hotels. Or, redeem at least 4,000 Velocity points for a Europcar rental of at least 3 days and get 1,000 points back, when booking via Cartrawler.
Velocity Frequent Flyer redemptions for flights on partner airlines are still unavailable. Flights on some Virgin Australia domestic routes, such as Sydney-Coffs Harbour or Brisbane-Gladstone, also remain unavailable for Velocity Reward Seat bookings despite flights having restarted.
Yesterday, Velocity also launched a 20% bonus offer when transferring points from Amex Membership Rewards, NAB Rewards or six hotel loyalty programs to Velocity Frequent Flyer.
Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: 30% off Velocity Business Reward seats & upgrades until 24/10/20