Virgin Australia Velocity rolled out a new promotion where members can save 30% on all redemptions using their Velocity points in the promotional period on select airlines.
The promo is good for all flights operated by Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic, Alitalia, Delta Air Lines or Air New Zealand (Trans Tasman only) and redeemed via the Velocity Frequent Flyer program for travel from 15 March 2018 until 9 January 2019.
Virgin Velocity has frequent promotions where they offers bonuses for credit card points transfers or mileage redemption discounts however they are often limited to domestic or Austral-Pacific flights, however this time around partner airlines and worldwide routes are included.
You can access the Velocity promotional website for this campaign here.
Here is the basic description of the promotion as found under the FAQ:
The 30% discount is available on all Reward Seats on flights operated by Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic, Alitalia, Delta Air Lines and Air New Zealand (Trans Tasman only) when redeemed by 28 February via velocityfrequentflyer.com or Virgin Australia website. Valid for travel from 15 March 2018 until 9 January 2019….
While we have sent this offer to a select group of members (those whom have subscribed to Other Partner Offers), the offer is open to all existing and new Velocity members. …
There is no registration required for this campaign.Simply make an eligible Virgin Australia Reward Seat booking by 28 February 2018.
Velocity has structured the design of the promotional site in a very strange way that makes it appear that a member needs to transfer points to their account (such as shopping or credit card points) which is however not that case and confirmed in the fine print as well.
The reason why they try to promote points transfers every left and right is of course revenue. The credit card companies have to pay these programs good money for every point they transfer into these frequent flyer accounts.
Here is an example for a flight from Los Angeles to Sydney in Economy Class (haven’t been able to find a single seat in Business Class for months):
Both the redemption value and surcharges are quite reasonable. I was able to find availability for one Virgin Australia flight from Melbourne to Hong Kong in Business Class:
The redemption rates for these flights are very reasonable as long as the promotion is going. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any of the partner flight availability but probably some of the members have better success depending what routes they’re looking for.
For residents in Australia/South Pacific it’s pretty easy to accumulate Velocity points, be it through local shopping offers and especially with credit card offers. I remember I had a balance of ~ 50k collected during the time I lived in Sydney and never found proper use for them until I finally managed to used 48k miles for a Virgin America Domestic First Class flight from Los Angeles to New York. Needless to say the redemption option above Melbourne to Hong Kong is a much better option.
The tollowing are the Terms & Conditions for this promotion:
Redeeming Flights: Save 30% off the Points required for all Reward Seats on flights operated by Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic, Alitalia, Delta Air Lines or Air New Zealand (Trans Tasman only) and redeemed via the Velocity Frequent Flyer program for travel from 15 March 2018 until 9 January 2019. The discount does not apply to taxes and fees whether paid in Points or cash. The discounted price will be displayed during the booking process or quoted by Velocity’s Contact Centre. On sale from 12 February 2018 until midnight AEST 28 February 2018 unless sold out prior. The quoted redemption fares are correct as at 30 January 2018 and are subject to change. Fares are subject to availability, and seats are limited and may not be available at peak times or on all flights and must be booked on the Velocity website, virginaustralia.com or through Velocity’s Contact Centre. The discount is not applicable when booking via Virgin Australia Any Seat or Points + Pay options, or when booking via Tigerair Australia using Velocity Points as a payment method. Taxes are payable in addition to Velocity Points redeemed. Any taxes or fee components are not eligible for Points earn. Price may vary until ticketed. All payments made on the internet or on the phone via debit/credit card are subject to a payment surcharge between 0.6% to 1.3% of the total value of the card transaction (capped at $40 for domestic and $70 for international, per passenger per booking). Add $40 or 5,200 Points for domestic and international short haul bookings or $70 or 8,800 Points for international long haul booking per person for bookings made on the phone. A checked baggage allowance is included in your Virgin Australia fare, see Reward Seat Baggage Allowances for details. When travelling with a partner airline, check their website for baggage allowance information. Name changes are not permitted. Other changes, refunds and cancellation are permitted prior to travel and may incur a fee and any applicable fare difference. Itinerary changes made after 28 February 2018 will cause your discount to be lost. See the Velocity Rewards Seat fare rules for more information. Some flights may be operated by a partner airline. Different baggage allowances and conditions may apply to these flights.