It’s ‘final call’ for Virgin Australia Velocity members hoping to book Virgin America flights using their hard-earned points, as the two airlines get closer to ending their mutual frequent flyer partnership following Alaska Airlines’ takeover of the Stateside carrier.
The last day to book a Virgin America flight with Velocity points is Saturday September 30 2017, for travel until January 15 2018 – so if you’ve been putting off making a reward booking, now is your very last chance to secure it.
On the longest Virgin America routes such as Los Angeles to New York, 49,500 Velocity points can land you a first class ticket (which most Aussies would recognise as business class, below); 36,700 Velocity points fetches a Main Cabin Select seat (extra legroom economy); and 22,300 Velocity points delivers a standard economy ticket, one-way.
Shorter journeys such as Los Angeles to Las Vegas require just 15,500 Velocity points in first class; 11,700 Velocity points in Main Cabin Select; and 7,800 Velocity points for economy.
Virgin America reward flights occasionally appear for booking via the Velocity Frequent Flyer website, but most often require a phone call to Velocity – 13 18 75 between 7:30am and 10:30pm, Sydney time, seven days – to secure a reservation.
If you’re travelling with Virgin America on a paid ticket, you’ll also only earn Velocity frequent flyer points and status credits for flights taken until September 30 2017, with neither awarded after that date.
Virgin America’s own Elevate frequent flyer members won’t be able to earn or spend Elevate miles on Virgin Australia flights after September 30, either, with the Elevate program to be shut down on January 1 2018.
Delta Air Lines remains a partner of Virgin Australia and Velocity Frequent Flyer, with Velocity members still able to earn and spend Velocity points on Delta flights worldwide, including on the airline's Sydney-Los Angeles flights as availability permits.