Virgin’s latest triple points offer: What to watch out for
Which flights are the best choice for earning points?
Just ahead of Christmas, the latest Velocity bonus points offer for Virgin Australia has landed. This one promises triple points, which is good news if you're building your points stash and starting to think about 2020 flight bookings. It's ostensibly to promote the new Brisbane-Tokyo route, but not limited to flights on that route.
I've added it to Points Finder's full list of current extra points offers. But what should you watch out for if you want to take full advantage of it?
Firstly, this is a targeted offer, which means you have to click on a link emailed to you to qualify. Fortunately, the email seems to have been fairly widely sent. Check your inbox and do a quick search for "Velocity" to see if you're eligible. If you are, hit that "Activate Offer" button.
The offer applies to flights booked for between now and 3 November 2020, which gives you a wide range of choices. The most important restriction to note? The extra points only count on Virgin-operated flights. Codeshare flights, such as Delta in America or Virgin Atlantic to London, won't be eligible to earn points.
You can't earn triple points on Reward Seat bookings, unsurprisingly. Similarly, you can't make changes to existing bookings and earn extra Velocity Points that way. Only new flight bookings, with your Velocity membership number attached when you book, are eligible.
So assuming you're eligible, how can you maximise the value of the offer? For domestic flights, you usually earn 5 Velocity Points per $1. With the triple points deal, that goes up to 15 per $1 spent. If you choose a more expensive fare class, such as Business, you'll earn more points. That said, I'd be more inclined to take advantage of cheaper fares and book more flights, rather than spending more for the sake of it. (In a fantasy universe, I'd book Business all the time, but financial reality has to kick in.)
International flights earn based on distance and class, so can potentially score you more points per dollar. Right now, there's a sale across several Virgin Australia international routes, so that's an obvious place to start.
Of course, flights aren't the only way to boost your points. A credit card that earns Velocity Points can also really help, especially if there's a good sign-up offer attached. However, for trips you know you'll be making (think birthdays/weddings/anniversaries), it makes sense to book when you can score more points for no extra effort.
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.