European Velocity Upgrades and Award Seating

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UpUpAndAway

QF

Member since 11 Jul 2014

Total posts 19

What is the best way to secure an award flight in business or getting an upgrade with velocity points on a flight to Europe?

elchriss0

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 13 Jan 2015

Total posts 80

convert to krisflyer and fly SQ

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,114

You'd actually be better just to use your Velocity points to fly SQ outright - it's 139,000 Velocity points one-way in business class from most points in Australia to most points in Europe (Sydney-London for example).

To book the same flight through KrisFlyer is 105,000 KrisFlyer miles, but because Velocity points convert to KrisFlyer at a 1.35:1 rate, you'd need to convert around 142,000 Velocity points to SQ to get 105,000 KrisFlyer miles - so you're actually spending more points to book the same thing.

SQ has the advantage of being able to book other Star Alliance airlines, too - such as Thai, ANA, Asiana, etc - so it's an option to consider if there's no availability on SQ, but if your goal is to fly Singapore Airlines and you already have the Velocity points in your account, it's better to just spend the Velocity points.

UpUpAndAway

QF

Member since 11 Jul 2014

Total posts 19

Anyone know if there is an easy hack to secure the flights

Sibelius

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 06 Aug 2017

Total posts 109

Anyone know if there is an easy hack to secure the flights

  • Book as early as possible
  • Be willing to be flexible -- both in terms of the dates you fly, and in terms of the cities you fly to/from.

Also, what Chris said above is all true, but at times you might have more luck finding flights on the Singapore Air website using KrisFlyer points (especially if you're after business class flights). So, at times, it might make sense to transfer your 142,000 Velocity points to KrisFlyer as a last resort: check flights/availability before you do so, of course.

bl5965

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 13 Nov 2015

Total posts 81

Availability in KrisFlyer is very good, and their seats are available for booking about 20-30 days earlier than Velocity. So if you're going to travel in peak season, it's best to secure the seats ASAP via KrisFlyer.


If your dates are already available in Velocity, then go for that as it's a bit cheaper.

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