Booking an Etihad reward seat with Velocity Points

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KP1983

Qantas

Member since 20 Apr 2016

Total posts 5

Booking an Etihad reward seat with Velocity Points

KP1983

Qantas

Member since 20 Apr 2016

Total posts 5

I am looking at business class flights to Europe with Etihad, but wishing to use my Velocity points to book. When searching the Virgin Australia site, I don't see much availability however when searching the Etihad rewards page I can see availability every day.

As there is availability for Open seats with Etihad, I was wondering if I called up Virgin Australia whether they have the ability to book these even though they are not on their website booking engine. 

bob342

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 24 Apr 2014

Total posts 35

Hi Karl

I can't speak for others, but I called Virgin and was able to make my booking when I saw no availablity on VAs site, unsure what the status was with Eithads program though.  This was about 9 months ago mind you.

Truie

Member since 26 Jul 2015

Total posts 10

I'd suggest you join Krisflyer, transfer your points and fly Singapore Airlines. Requires a lot less points at the end of the day in my experience.

Doubleplatinum Banned

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum

Member since 07 Feb 2013

Total posts 431

Sure, less points and a hell of a lot more $ in taxes and fees, not worth it.

Truie

Member since 26 Jul 2015

Total posts 10

I'll still stick with Singair, Suite Class to Paris for $500.00 & 112,000 points is a pretty good deal as far as I'm concerned.

Doubleplatinum Banned

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum

Member since 07 Feb 2013

Total posts 431

112,000 krisflyer points yes, which is equivalent to around 150,000 Velocity points, last month I used that (160,000 velocity) to fly J return to singapore from BNE with $140 in taxes, much better value in my opinion but each their own.

cssaus

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

Member since 29 Jan 2011

Total posts 75

My experience has been to check availability on the Etihad web site first and then call VA and make a booking request for the seating availablity found..

For a start I'm a Platinum velocity member and haver only requested business class seats. The advantage I find is that the taxes  are lower (compared to Singapore) and you get the offer of a limo service at both your departure and destination locations.

Mal

Member since 14 Jun 2013

Total posts 109

Michael Kao

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 06 Nov 2014

Total posts 155

Karl, also remember for some routings VA doesn't allow you to book as one award. I tried to book BNE-AUH-IAD, it's within 15000 miles and even VA can see availability in each sector, but when combined it wouldn't show and I was forced to book as 2 awards. I wonder if that was the problem. 

and don't forget, the availability you see in Etihad site must be guest seat (I guess you already knew that).

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