Book Singapore Airlines flights with Virgin Australia frequent flyer points

By Chris Chamberlin, April 19 2016

That pile of Velocity Frequent Flyer points you've been earning on Virgin Australia flights could also get you to Singapore and beyond with Singapore Airlines.

Singapore Airlines reward flights are easily booked through the Velocity website, over the phone or via a third and more complex method of converting your Velocity Points into KrisFlyer miles and booking your flight through the Singapore Airlines website at differing rates.

Whether your journey ends in Singapore or continues through to London or elsewhere in Europe, here’s how to turn your Velocity Points into a seat, or even a suite, with Singapore Airlines.

Also read: The five best credit cards for earning Virgin Australia frequent flyer points

Singapore Airlines reward flights: the basics

For starters, the way you book your Singapore Airlines trip determines which award options are available to you.

Via the Virgin Australia website or VA call centre you can book Singapore Airlines business class and economy flight rewards, and via the KrisFlyer transfer method (which we’ll cover in more detail below) you can also book first class and Suites Class in addition to business class and economy.

Psst: Velocity members can book Suites Class via the KrisFlyer scheme...
Psst: Velocity members can book Suites Class via the KrisFlyer scheme...

Reward flights in Singapore Airlines premium economy aren’t available in any form, either when using Velocity Points directly or when converting and redeeming your points through KrisFlyer.

It’s also worth highlighting that SQ prevents most partner airlines from booking business class reward flights on its Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, but that this restriction does not apply to Virgin Australia Velocity members redeeming Velocity Points.

Searching for Singapore Airlines reward flights

Make your first stop the Virgin Australia Velocity website: login to your account, click ‘search and book flights’ on the left navigation panel, then enter your preferred route, dates and travel class and ensure the ‘Use Points + Pay’ option is ticked at the top:

You’ll be presented with a list of flights with two columns. Assuming you’re booking business class, the left-hand column displays what we’re looking for: traditional flight rewards at the usual rates, while the hefty figure in the right-hand column shows what you’d pay to use your points to book a commercial fare.

As none of the standard ‘Business Rewards’ were available on the dates we entered, trying again with a different date worked wonders, revealing a business class reward ticket for 80,000 Velocity Points plus a cash payment of $83.51:

From there it’s as simple as entering the passenger name(s) and making payment, but if you’ve searched multiple dates and still can’t find what you’re after, try changing your search to a city nearby.

Also, the Virgin Australia website doesn’t let you search for all cities and routes flown by Singapore Airlines, such as for flights from Hong Kong to Singapore, so if you’re having difficulties, do give the Velocity team a call on 13 18 75 and see what the operator can piece together.

Changes to Velocity rewards with Singapore Airlines

Come June 1 2016, Virgin Australia is altering the number of points needed to book flights with Singapore Airlines – in most cases you’ll actually need fewer points than today, on a few short routes you’ll require more points, and on some flights the figure is unchanged.

For instance a one-way Sydney-Singapore flight can currently be booked for 37,500 Velocity Points in economy or 80,000 Velocity Points in business class. As of July, that’s lowered to 35,000 Velocity Points for economy and a reduced 65,000 Velocity Points in business class.

Taking a longer Sydney-London trek will also cost you fewer points in business class – trimmed from 175,000 to 139,000 Velocity Points, one-way – while in economy there’s no change from today’s 75,000 figure.

Read more: Virgin Australia tweaks Velocity points scheme

Converting Velocity Points into KrisFlyer miles

A final and more advanced option is to take your Virgin Australia Velocity points, turn them into KrisFlyer miles in Singapore Airlines’ own frequent flyer program on a 1.35:1 basis, and then to book your flight using those newly-realised KrisFlyer miles.

Convert your points to KrisFlyer miles, book Singapore Airlines flights
Convert your points to KrisFlyer miles, book Singapore Airlines flights

As the KrisFlyer program is entirely separate to Velocity, the number of KrisFlyer miles needed to book flights with Singapore Airlines differs, and therefore means you could get an even sweeter deal when locking in your flight.

Take the Sydney-Singapore route: currently you’d need 80,000 Velocity Points to book a one-way jaunt in business class, or 65,000 Velocity Points from June 1.

However, KrisFlyer requires only 46,750 KrisFlyer miles to book the same via the SQ website, which equates to 63,113 Velocity Points: less points than both the current and new Velocity redemption rates.

KrisFlyer also permits online bookings in first class and Suites Class – which cannot be booked directly through Velocity – for 63,750 KrisFlyer miles, which you’d get by converting 86,063 Velocity Points across on a 1.35:1 basis.

On the downside, the cash amount levied by Singapore Airlines when booking reward flights is usually higher than charged by Velocity to book the same flight, so although you can slice almost 2,000 Velocity Points from the reward cost, you’ll essentially cover the difference through higher fees.

Also read: How to convert Velocity Points into KrisFlyer miles

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Aug 2013

Total posts 58

Excellent that come June they are dropping point requirements. From Perth to Singapore alone was something like 77,000 points where as using Qantas FF Perth to Hong Kong on CX and even onto a connecting flight such as Manila and Ho Chi Minh are all equal 65,000 points. Must say though Velocity need to upgrade their online system  - QF way ahead in that race especially for partner redemptions.

18 Mar 2016

Total posts 10

How is availability on QF/CX compared to VA/SQ?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Aug 2013

Total posts 58

I can only comment on what I have found from flights from Perth. QF/CX is ok - There always seems to be availability in J for CX flights on days when they operate a second service on top of their midnight flight. It's not most days I think they fly 10x a week from Perth. I'm sure Syd and Mel will show more availability. With VA/SQ there are 4x flights a day to SIN and certainly every time I have looked there is always business reward available. Even for a flight on Dec 20 this year shows availability which is peak travel period! Something rarely seen for reward bookings. 

18 Mar 2016

Total posts 10

Thanks :)

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Jan 2015

Total posts 584

Booking direct with VA is always worse than converting to SQ.  I can get return business MEL to AMS for 136k krisflyer (183.6k Velocity).  VA is around 50% more points (assumeing you can find saver rewards) and availability of the saver rewards tickets is virtually none existant vs SQ.  Converting to SQ isn't exactly hard...

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Jan 2015

Total posts 584

It's much easier to pay the extra taxes with SQ than the time/effort required to earn double the points for VA.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum

07 Feb 2013

Total posts 558

Kind of defeats the purpose of using points when you have to pay so much in taxes

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

07 Dec 2015

Total posts 39

Is seat selection available on VA website when travelling on SQ? I remember 18 months ago bkg paid flights to FRA on VA code shares and I couldn't select seats on any of the sectors. VA wouldn't help and told me to call SQ. It wasn't an easy process to get the seats I wanted via SQ and if this hasn't changed, I'd book with SQ direct and avoid VA altogether. Not sure this virtual alliance thing with VA is all it is cracked up to be IMHO....

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 Sep 2011

Total posts 85

No, you have to get the PNR (which Velocity supplies) and then go to "Manage my Booking" on the SQ site in order to select a seat. However, that's no different to me booking a flight on SQ or TG or any other airline using my MileagePlus points on the UA site. It never claimed to be an *integrated* solution

15 Oct 2015

Total posts 6

Has anyone had any luck with the Velocity site booking a one-way flight commencing in SIN? I was looking to finish off a trip from EUR after a stopover in SIN and no availability seems to come up in any SIN-AUS city pair in any class for any date?

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