It’s been a tough year for airlines, with the latest battle one to retain frequent flyer members – which is great news for us.
Virgin Australia has launched a special offer where all members of the Velocity loyalty program have the opportunity to obtain a share in 20 million Velocity Points until January 26.
Virgin Australia says this slice of points pie is their way of thanking their loyal members right in time for the easing of border restrictions.
“We’re committed to our members and this is our way of thanking them for their loyalty, and in doing so, making it that bit easier to boost their Points balance in time for the easing of border restrictions,” a spokesperson said.
How do you claim these sweet, extra points?
To get in on the points action, frequent flyer members will need to download the Velocity app by midnight on Tuesday January 26 and activate the offer. According to the terms and conditions, “there is a limit of one share per Velocity member.”
How many points do you need to fly?
It’s all broken down by mileage brackets. The below is the Reward Seat table, but there are other tables for All Seats, too.
Flying Sydney to Ballina for a cheeky Byron break will see you travel 378 miles, meaning you’re looking at 7,800 points one way. If you’re in Brissy and want to hit up the pristine waters of the Whitsunday Coast then that’s 558 miles, just scraping into the same bracket at 7,800 points one way.
Further afield trips, like Sydney to Uluru (1344 miles) and Melbourne to Perth (1670 miles) also both fall under the same tier and will cost you 17,800 points each way.
There will be taxes and carrier charges you pay out of pocket, but they’re usually nominal (you can check out tables for those, too.)
There’s other things to consider, like how you’ll need extra points if there’s a break between flights. A break in the journey for a purely Australian domestic itinerary (for example Perth to Cairns via Brisbane) is considered when onward travel doesn’t take place on the same calendar day.
For other itineraries, including those containing a domestic to international connecting flight, a break is considered a break when your ongoing flight isn’t scheduled to depart within 24 hours of arriving.
Velocity are also waiving change and cancellation fees for both domestic and international bookings you make for travel prior to the June 30, 2021 and for reward seat bookings made prior to March 31, 2021.
Grab a share in the 20 million Velocity Points by downloading the Velocity app here by midnight AEST on Tuesday 26 January, and activate the offer on the home screen.
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