Virgin Australia frequent flyers can again use their Velocity Points to book ‘reward seats’ on international partner airlines.
The move to offer redemption bookings through partners such as Singapore Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Etihad Airways and its newest partners Qatar Airways and United Airlines comes as Australians reignite their love affair with travel and reunite with family and friends following the worst days of the global pandemic.
Velocity Points can now be redeemed on flights with the following partners:
- Air Canada
- Delta Air Lines (only until June 12)
- Etihad Airways
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- South African Airways
- Virgin Atlantic
- Qatar Airways
- United Airlines
In recent months, Virgin Australia has reactivated points redemptions on Singapore Airlines, which includes the welcome return of Velocity Points transfers to SQ’s KrisFlyer Miles.
Virgin advises that “travel dates will vary for each carrier, and reward seat and route availability is expected to grow in line with international travel demand returning to the market.”
With that in mind, Velocity members are encouraged to move fast and book their points-based reward seats owing to the limited availability on offer. Passengers on paid tickets with each partner airline will also earn status credits to help with their ascent up the Velocity status ladder.
Also on the rebound: Velocity status perks with partner airlines such as lounge access, additional checked baggage, express immigration screening and priority boarding.
For more information on the status of international partner redemptions, click through to this update on Virgin Australia's website.
Still missing from Virgin's partner network is ANA, which initially joined the roster in the lead-up to Virgin's planned launch of Brisbane-Tokyo flights in March 2020; newly formed Italian carrier Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA), which emerged from the ashes of defunct national airline Alitalia; and Hong Kong Airlines, a beleaguered member of bankrupt Chinese conglomerate HNA.
“After being grounded for so long, many of us can’t wait to reunite with family and friends and experience new places” enthused Velocity Frequent Flyer CEO Nick Rohrlach. “Now Velocity Points will once again make it possible.”
To help would-be travellers turbocharge their points balance, Virgin Australia is also offering a bonus of between 10-30% extra Velocity Points when transferring reward points from selected credit card partners between May 1-31.