Earn up to triple Velocity Points on flights with Etihad and Virgin

Sally McMullen 4 May 2016

Source: Virgin Australia

Planning a trip to Europe or Abu Dhabi this year? Velocity will reward you with up to triple the rewards points if you book your flights through Etihad Airways.

Virgin Australia’s Velocity loyalty program is encouraging frequent flyers to take a holiday to Europe or Abu Dhabi with the promise of bonus points if you book your flights with Virgin or its partner Etihad Airways. If you plan to fly in Economy or Premium Economy, you’ll earn double points. High flyers in Business or First Class will earn triple Velocity Points on their trip to Europe or Abu Dhabi.

Discover how you can activate the offer, the potential benefits and the T&Cs you need to take note of if you want to pick up some bonus points.

How can I get my bonus points?

If you’re interested in picking up bonus points on your next holiday, follow the simple steps below:

  1. Visit the Velocity website and activate the offer.
  2. Book any eligible Virgin Australia or Etihad Airways flight between Australia and Abu Dhabi or Europe by 27 May 2016 at 11.59pm.
  3. Travel between 2 June 2016 and 30 November 2016.

Your points should appear in your account within four weeks of your holiday.

Terms and conditions to remember

  • Activating the offer. You’ll only receive the points if you activate the offer before you book your flights. Please note that each passenger you travel with needs to register for the offer separately if you want to earn points on their flights.
  • Eligible flights. This offer is valid for flights VA29, VA30, VA7000-7289 and any Etihad Airways operated flight from Abu Dhabi to/from Frankfurt, Munich, London Heathrow, Manchester, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Paris, Geneva, Brussels, Moscow, Belgrade, Zurich, Madrid, Amsterdam, Milan, Rome, Athens, Larnaca, Istanbul, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. Etihad Airways operates the A380 aircraft on one of its two daily Abu Dhabi to Melbourne services (EY460/461).
  • Domestic flights. Please note that domestic flights you need to take as part of an international journey are not included under the promotion. So if you need to travel from Perth to Sydney to catch your domestic flight, this route will not earn you the bonus points.
  • Seats. You will only earn bonus points on the fare class you originally purchased, so upgrades won’t receive bonus points. Points also can’t be earned on Velocity Reward Seat bookings.


How many points could I earn?

How many points you’ll earn will depend on the fare class you choose, the airline you fly with and the route you take will impact how many points you could earn. You can compare some of the possibilities below:

How many points could you earn with Etihad Airways?

Fare classRegular earn rateBonus points
Economy1 Velocity Point per mile2 Velocity Points per mile
Business1.75 Velocity Points per mile5.25 Velocity Points per mile
First2.5 Velocity Points per mile7.5 Velocity Points per mile

So, say you were flying Economy with Etihad Airlines from Sydney to Abu Dhabi, you would earn 7,506 points regularly. With the bonus points offer, you could triple this and earn 15,012 Velocity Points.

If you were flying Business from Sydney to Paris, you’d earn 39,406 (regularly 13,135) Velocity Points from the trip from Sydney to Abu Dhabi. You’d then pick up another 17,067.75 points (regularly  5,689) from there to Paris.

How many points could you earn with Virgin Australia?

Fare classRegular earn rateBonus points
Flexible Economy1 Velocity Point per mile2 Velocity Points per mile
Premium Economy1.25 Velocity Points per mile2.5 Velocity Points per mile
Business2 Velocity Points per mile6 Velocity Points per mile
First2.5 Velocity Points per mile7.5 Velocity Points per mile

If you were flying with Virgin Australia in Flexible Economy from Melbourne to Abu Dhabi, you could regularly pick up 7,245 points. With the bonus offer, though, you’d pick up 14,490 Velocity Points.

Let’s say you’re travelling from Perth to London, while you’d regularly earn 14,490 Velocity Points, you’ll pick up 43,470 Velocity Points if you book before May 27.

You can use the mileage calculator on the Velocity website to determine how many miles your flight is, multiply that number by the earn rate to see how much you’d regularly earn and then multiply that number by three to see how many bonus points you’ll earn with the offer.

If you want to escape the Australian winter for a European summer or were planning a mid-year break in the United Arab Emirates, Velocity’s latest promotion could be a great way to get more out of your rewards points. If you’re going to take advantage of the offer, make sure to read through our Europe and United Arab Emirates travel money guides for tips on how to access your money overseas.

Pictures: Virgin Australia

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