Executive Traveller exclusive
Virgin Australia frequent flyers can once again use their Velocity points to book premium economy seats on Singapore Airlines’ flights, with the airlines restarting the option for the popular ‘better than economy’ class as of noon today, Tuesday July 5.
Velocity unlocked business class and economy Reward Seats in March, with premium economy now almost completing the picture, says Velocity Frequent Flyer CEO Nick Rohrlach.
“This means Velocity members can now redeem their Points for Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy seats on Singapore Airlines’ expansive network of destinations all around the world,” Rohrlach says.
Singapore Airlines offers premium economy on its Airbus A380, Boeing 777 and long-range Airbus A350 flights out of Australia and onwards to all corners of the globe.
“Similarly to Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines is known for their fantastic service, and through our deep and much-loved partnership, members and customers have access to the most one-stop connections between Australia and Singapore out of any other airline loyalty program.”
Up next, although there’s no date set as yet, is first class – although as Rohrlach admitted to Executive Traveller last month, “obviously (Singapore Airlines) doesn’t offer as much first class to all of Australia.”
And as of July 19 2022, Velocity members will be able to transfer their Velocity Points to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles again, opening up a range of added travel options on not only Singapore Airlines but its worldwide network of Star Alliance partners.
If you’re among Virgin’s frequent flyers who have been steadily stockpiling their Velocity Points over the past two years, here’s how many Velocity Points it will cost you to hop a Singapore Airlines flight one-way between Australia and Singapore:
From Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane:
- 35,000 Velocity Points in SQ economy
- 52,500 Velocity Points in SQ premium economy
- 65,000 Velocity Points in SQ business class
- 95,000 Velocity points in SQ first class
From Adelaide or Perth:
- 28,000 Velocity Points in SQ economy
- 42,000 Velocity Points in SQ premium economy
- 53,000 Velocity Points in SQ business class
- 78,000 Velocity points in SQ first class
Looking to go all the way to London, Paris, Rome or other Singapore Airlines’ destinations across the UK or Europe? Here’s the tally for a one-way trip from Australia.
- 75,000 Velocity Points in SQ economy
- 112,500 Velocity Points in SQ premium economy
- 139,000 Velocity Points in SQ business class
- 203,000 Velocity points in SQ first class
Additional reporting by Chris Ashton