Virgin Australia: 20% bonus on transfers in, 30% off flight redemptions
If you are a member of the Velocity program for Virgin Australia frequent flyers, then you will have received notice about ways to transfer points from a range of partners to the Velocity program with a 20% bonus, and a way to redeem points and get a 30% reduction in points required for business and upgrade redemptions.
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Transfer bonus ends soon
For some of us who transferred our points out of the Velocity program when Virgin Australia was heading into administration, this may be an incentive to transfer them back. You only have a few days left, as this promotion ends on 20 September.
You can transfer from any of the following programs:
- American Express
- Marriot Bonvoy
- IHG Rewards Club
- Choice Privileges Rewards
You can follow the ‘how to‘ guide if you are unsure of the procedure.
Redeem Business Class and UpgradeMe reward seats for 30% less
This promotion applies to Virgin Australia domestic flights on some routes booked and for travel between 8 September until 24 October, unless already sold out. This promotion can be used on Business Class Reward Seats and UpgradeMe seat redemptions, subject to availability, and you can’t combine this promotion with any other.
Remember that the discount does not apply to fees and taxes however paid for.
What you won’t get
Unfortunately you will miss out on one of the major benefits of booking a business a class seat, and that is access to the Virgin Australia Lounge network which is closed and the onboard catering and alcohol is non-existent according to a recent report. Lounge closure and reductions in business class service are due to COVID-19 precautions – or because of the need to save money – you choose the reason.
Oh yes, and if you don’t do the redemption online, but do it by phone, that will cost you AU$40 or 5200 points! So don’t make the redemption complex.
If you have a thirst for fine print, then check out the full terms and conditions.
The aviation industry has a difficult road ahead when it comes to sustainability. It’s going to require a relative revolution in technology, with ‘electric planes’ or hydrogen planes, or some form of jet engine that doesn’t require a carbon based fuel. And that is going to require the development of an alternative to jet engines probably.
It’s a big ask. It will take time to develop.
This move to home grown and manufactured SAF is a first step – maybe even a baby step in a very long road of innovation. In the long run, US$200 million won’t even touch the sides.
On the one hand they giveth, and on the other they taketh away.
Transfer your points and gain, redeem and pay less points for less product.
I have a bucketload of IHG and Amex points. Should I transfer? Maybe I will hold on to them until this crazy uncertainty ends. Especially concerning international travel.
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