Velocity frequent flyers can once again redeem business and economy Reward Seats on Singapore Airlines from today, nearly two years after the perk was put on hold as Virgin Australia moved into administration in April 2020.
With the return of rewards seat bookings, travellers are now almost back to pre-pandemic era benefits, as it joins the ability to use Velocity Points on Singapore Airlines, which was reinstated on February 7.
The announcement is well timed too, with Singapore also set to drop its Vaccinated Travel Lane and welcome travellers from anywhere in the world from Friday, April 1.
However, those looking to book first class or premium economy seats, or transfer their Velocity points to KrisFlyer Miles, will need to wait a bit longer.
Virgin Australia says it is “working closely with Singapore Airlines to restart Reward Seat redemptions in the remaining cabins and the ability for members to transfer points between Velocity and KrisFlyer programs."
This unique KrisFlyer exchange was a popular measure enabling Velocity members to obtain points-based bookings and upgrades not only on Singapore Airlines but across the Star Alliance network with members such as ANA, Air New Zealand, Lufthansa, Swiss, Thai, and and newly-minted Virgin partner United Airlines.
Outside of Star Alliance and over in the camp of rival network Oneworld, Virgin Australia’s new partnership with Qatar Airways will see seats on the Doha-based carrier’s flights between Australia and the Gulf nation available for Velocity members to burn points.
Virgin notes not all Singapore Airlines flights will have Reward Seats availability yet, and travel dates will vary with each route. However, it’s a step in the right direction.
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
Virgin says its 10 million Velocity members have already redeemed hundreds of millions of Velocity Points on international flights since November 2021, with 39% of Velocity members planning to travel overseas within the next 12 months.
In another sign of confidence in travel, Singapore Airlines recently unveiled its new-look KrisFlyer Gold, SilverKris First and The Private Room lounges at Changi Terminal 3, following an extensive SGD$50m makeover of the flagship lounges. They will join the new SilverKris Business Lounge, which reopened to travellers in November 2021.
Additional reporting by David Flynn