Damn, Velocity’s birthday offers aren’t very appealing
Virgin Australia isn't throwing the right kind of party for me.
So it was my birthday earlier this month, and now Velocity has sent me an email with three birthday offers.
Unfortunately, none of them are going to do a lot for my points goals for the year.
The first is a discount code that will give me 15% off one purchase in the Velocity Rewards Store. That's not appealing because the #1 rule for frequent flyers is to save your points for flights, not fragrances. So I won't be taking advantage of that. (The discount also can't be used for lounge access, which is something I occasionally contemplate buying when taking Virgin flights, though that's not a good value use of points either.)
The second is an offer of 4 Velocity Points per $1 spent at Myer, Etsy, Lorna Jane or Oroton. All those retailers normally offer 2 Velocity Points, so it's a healthy bonus. But I don't see myself shopping at any of those stores soon, though I guess I could dive onto Etsy and do some advance present buying for the year ahead.
Finally, there's $100 off a booking with Virgin Australia Holidays, provided I spend at least $1,000. I'm really not a fan of packaged holiday deals, though, because I've always found I can put something together more cheaply myself. So that one's not happening either.
Of course, Velocity isn't obliged to come up with amazing points offers just to celebrate my birthday. But with those deals, I think I'll keep building my total with a more reliable strategy: earning through flybuys.
Angus Kidman's Findings column looks at new developments and research that help you save money, make wise decisions and enjoy your life more. It appears regularly on Finder.