Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

Frequent flyers from Virgin Australia will once again be able to use their Velocity Points to reserve ‘reward seats’ with international partner airlines from 1 November.

The move to offer redemption reservations through partners such as Singapore Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Etihad Airways comes as Australia’s international travel ban ends on November 1, with New South Wales and Victoria also lifting quarantine for incoming travelers from the same date.

From 1 November, Velocity Points can be redeemed on flights with the following partners:

  • Air Canada
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Etihad Airways
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • Virgin Atlantic

Singapore Airlines will follow soon, and that will include the welcome return of Velocity Points transfers to SQ’s KrisFlyer Miles.

The imminent opportunity to book a Singapore Airlines flight using Velocity Points is particularly well timed given the opening on November 8 of a ‘Vaccinated Travel Lane’ between Australia and Singapore.

Likewise, Hawaiian Airlines will resume direct flights between Honolulu and Sydney from December 15, with Air Canada restarting its Vancouver-Sydney service from December 17.

Virgin states that “travel dates will vary for each airline and the availability of reward seats and routes is expected to grow in line with international travel demand returning to the market.”

With that in mind, Velocity members are encouraged to move quickly and book their point-based reward seats due to the limited availability offered, “until partner airlines increase their networks and services as travel demand returns.”

Passengers on paid tickets with each partner airline will continue to earn Velocity Points and status credits.

Also on the way: Speed ​​status perks with partner airlines such as lounge access, extra checked baggage, express immigration screening and priority boarding.

For more information on the status of international partner redemptions, click on this update on Virgin Australia’s website.

Missing from today’s partner announcement is ANA, which made the list in the run – up to Virgin’s planned launch of Brisbane – Tokyo flights in March 2020, but whose Virgin partnership remains “pause”; Alitalia, as per. October 15 was replaced by the new state-owned carrier Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA); and Hong Kong Airlines, a beleagured member of the 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,” excited newcomer Velocity Frequent Flyer CEO Nick Rohrlach. “Now Velocity Points will make it possible again.”

To help potential travelers boost their points balance, Virgin Australia also offers a bonus of between 20-30% extra Velocity Points when transferring reward points from selected credit card partners between November 1st and November 30th.

David

David Flynn is the editor-in-chief of Executive Traveler and a bit of a travel tragedy with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and litchi-martini.

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