How to convert Velocity frequent flyer points into KrisFlyer miles

By Chris Chamberlin, November 19 2014

Through Virgin Australia’s closer partnership with Singapore Airlines, members of Velocity Frequent Flyer can now transfer Velocity points to KrisFlyer.

At a 1.35:1 conversion rate, it may seem as though you’re ‘losing’ points – but keep in mind that the number of points needed to book a flight is different in both programs, and can be used to your advantage.

For example, a one-way journey in business class from Sydney to Singapore on the Singapore Airlines A380 costs 80,000 Velocity points, while through KrisFlyer the same seat is only 46,750 miles when booking online.

To lock in the flight at a reduced rate, savvy travellers could use the new 1.35:1 conversion rate to ship 63,113 Velocity points over to KrisFlyer (receiving 46,750 miles), and then book the journey directly through Singapore Airlines.

Sound good? Here’s how it’s done.

Swapping Velocity points for Singapore KrisFlyer miles

Unlike with family transfers, there’s no upper limit to to the number of points that you can convert, although you'll need to move across at least 5,000 Velocity points at a time.

It’s also completely free, and can be done with ease via the Virgin Australia Velocity website.

Start by logging into your Velocity account, and then select 'Points Transfer - Airlines' on the left:

Next, you'll need to link your Velocity and KrisFlyer accounts:

For things to go smoothly, the names and birth dates on both accounts need to match...

... so it's as simple as punching in your KrisFlyer number and clicking 'submit'. You'll see this if the link was successful:

At any time, you can now use the 'Points Transfer - Airlines' option to move your points from Velocity to KrisFlyer.

Double-check your transaction before going ahead, and you’re all set! Once the points appear in your KrisFlyer account, you're clear to swap them for any award normally available to KrisFlyer members.

That includes flights on Singapore Airlines and also across the Star Alliance with airlines such as United, Thai Airways, Air Canada and Lufthansa on SQ’s impressive roster.

KrisFlyer miles: advantages over Velocity points

Velocity members can already redeem their points for flights with Singapore Airlines, yet they can’t use them to upgrade to business class with SQ or to book award travel with most Star Alliance carriers.

Velocity points also can’t be traded for flights in Singapore Air's luxurious Suites Class on the Airbus A380, or the new First on the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER fleet.

That’s where KrisFlyer now steps in, with these bookings even available to base-level KrisFlyer members who have just joined the program.

And don’t forget, by following the simple steps above you’ll be able to snag a business class seat on Singapore Airlines for around 20% fewer Velocity points than by booking the same flight directly with Virgin Australia.

New to KrisFlyer? Get started with our in-depth guides:

Then, begin planning your Star Alliance travel to earn Velocity points via KrisFlyer:

Also read: How to convert KrisFlyer miles into Velocity frequent flyer points

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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!

Doubleplatinum Banned

Doubleplatinum Banned

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum

07 Feb 2013

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Cheers Chris is it  easy enough to do this in reverse also i.e. Krisflyer to Velocity? 

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin

24 Apr 2012

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Hi DoublePlatinum,

Indeed – our guide for the reverse is here (with screenshots of the steps): How to convert KrisFlyer miles into Velocity frequent flyer points

Doubleplatinum Banned

Doubleplatinum Banned

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum

07 Feb 2013

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Nice one thanks Chris

jhor

jhor

18 Nov 2013

Total posts 48

I got excited when I heard about this, as I have an Air New Zealand flight coming up that doesn't earn Velocity points. Turns out that Kris don't give points for economy bookings in S fare class anyway.

smithrhy

smithrhy

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

28 Oct 2014

Total posts 19

I could be wrong, but in my experience, when booking with KrisFlyer, the taxes/surcharges are MASSIVE (e.g $700 to Europe, return in Economy!), whereas Velocity tends to be much lower.  I think KrisFlyer charges you fuel surcharges, whereas Velocity only charges the actual airport and govt taxes.  Can you clarify on this any further Chris?  If correct I think the apparent "savings" will be non-existant.

Doubleplatinum Banned

Doubleplatinum Banned

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum

07 Feb 2013

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Yep tried a few dummy bookings from both airlines using points and as you mentioned surcharges on singapore are massive using krisflyer miles compared to the same using velocity points, I'll stick with the pain of a long phonecall with the velocity call centre to lock in a flight with SQ before I go transferring for now

bmc

bmc

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

22 Aug 2013

Total posts 138

Points Transfer - Airlines 

Airlines (plural)?

kinga

kinga

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

28 Jul 2015

Total posts 3

Can I transfer the equivalent of 50,000 miles (Velocity points) to KrisFlyer and then claim KrisFlyer gold status? I have around 80,000 Velocity points but I suspect that's too easy.

kinga

kinga

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

28 Jul 2015

Total posts 3

Ignore that - Krisflyer Miles are different to Elite Miles I found out.


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