What route do people recommend to Italy with Velocity points to spend?

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dylanmalloch

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 16 Jul 2018

Total posts 27

Hi all, I'm off to Italy for a wedding next year (with my wife and 1 year old son) and will depart from Brisbane. I have around 300,000 Velocity points and am contemplating the best way to use them on the trip.

One thought is to do three economy class paid trips to get over to Italy and then come back Etihad First Class. Another idea was to do economy return to Singapore and then purchase some extra points to do a return to Milan from Singapore in business on SQ.

The problem is booking SQ business class on Virgin's website is nigh on impossible to find availability. But does anyone have any other suggestions?

I realise this isn't a 'business' travel question but figured it was worth floating the idea in case anyone had any pearls of wisdom.

Jazzop

Member since 02 Dec 2016

Total posts 104

Transfer your points to KrisFlyer and book from there. Finding LH flights with Velocity is almost impossible. You'll need to be a member and once you are you can search for flights. Then once you find them, transfer your Velocity points over. There are plenty of guides on this.


Paying for a one way fare can get expensive too, so look at your options.

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,103

Take a look at this piece we ran a few months ago, about using Velocity points to book Alitalia flights (which can only be done over the phone), which could give you a few ideas.

Alitalia doesn't fly to Australia but does fly to Italy from Tokyo and Seoul, so depending on award availability and what you want to do, it could be another option for you.

As Jazzop points out, one-way international flights can be expensive. An option here could be to purchase a paid economy return flight between Australia and Seoul/Tokyo, and use Velocity points to fly Asia-Italy-Asia return as a separate ticket. If doing that, just allow plenty of time between the Alitalia and 'Australia' parts of your trip as they'll be on separate bookings and your connection won't be protected in case of delays (an overnight stay in the middle could be best, just in case, and provides a good excuse for more sightseeing).

dylanmalloch

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 16 Jul 2018

Total posts 27

Thanks Chris. Much appreciated.

npaul

Member since 17 Feb 2017

Total posts 3

Be careful with Singapore airlines award booking with an infant- Each infant will be charged at 10% of the revenue fare. Ie if revenue price is $5000 return you will be paying $500 for your child to sit on your lap!
Last editedby npaul at Oct 27, 2018, 07:42 AM.

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