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The best ways to spend 100,000 Velocity Points

Whether you’ve earned bonus points from a new credit card or saved them up, here’s how to get the most value from 100,000 Velocity Points.

The Velocity Frequent Flyer program offers a wide range of ways to earn and redeem points, including flights with Virgin Australia starting from 7,800 points. But not all rewards are created equal, with some offering much higher retail values than others.

So if you’ve jumped through hoops to collect 100,000 Velocity Points, here are the best ways to use them based on the value you can get for your points in five key rewards categories. See our Velocity Frequent Flyer guide for more information on how this airline loyalty program works.

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What are the best ways to use 100,000 Velocity Points?

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Reward flights

With 100,000 Velocity Points, you have your pick of many domestic and international flight options, including first and business class options. While you can redeem points for flights with 14 different airlines, flights with Virgin Australia, Virgin Samoa, Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand (trans-Tasman services), Alitalia and Delta Airlines offer the most value.

Below, we’ve outlined some international and domestic flight options you could enjoy with 100,000 points. These are based on the Velocity websites points tables and arranged by lowest to highest point requirements.

International flights you could get with 100,000 Velocity Points

FlightFare classOne-way or return?Points
Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne to AucklandBusiness classReturn71,000 points
Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne or Sydney to LondonEconomyOne-way75,000 points
Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne or Sydney to Los AngelesEconomyReturn89,600 points
Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney to Los AngelesThe BusinessOne-way95,000 points
Perth to AucklandBusiness classReturn99,000 points

*Information correct as of 18 July 2017

Domestic flights you can take with 100,000 Velocity Points

FlightFare classPoints per flightNumber of flights for 100,000 points
Melbourne to SydneyEconomy7,800 points12 flights (total 93,600 points)
Brisbane or Melbourne to SydneyBusiness class15,500 points6 flights (total 93,000 points)
Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney to PerthEconomy17,800 points5 flights (total 89,000 points)
Sydney to AdelaideBusiness23,000 points4 flights (total 92,000 points)
Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney to PerthBusiness class35,500 points2 flights (total 71,000 points)

*Information correct as of 18 July 2017

How can I book flights with Velocity Points?

Follow these steps to use your Velocity Points for a flight or flights:

  1. Log in to your Velocity account.
  2. Click on “Redeem”, “Flights” and then “Book a flight”. This will take you to a search page for reward seats.
  3. Make sure “Use Points + Pay” is selected, enter the flight details and click “Find flights”.
  4. Browse the available options and click on your chosen flight or flights, then follow the prompts to complete your booking.

Alternatively, you can make your booking by calling the Membership Contact Centre on 13 18 75. Note that if you don’t have enough points to pay for the entire flight, you can also buy points to make up the difference or use a combination of points and cash.

Flight upgrades

Using your points for flight upgrades gives you the opportunity to move into a higher cabin class without paying more in cash. Depending on the upgrade, this could give you access to benefits including:

  • Priority services (check-in, baggage,
    security screening and boarding)
  • Priority in-flight service
  • Larger seats
  • Additional baggage
  • In-flight a la carte dining
  • Velocity Lounge access
  • Flat-bed seats

With Velocity’s UpgradeMe Points service, your options for requesting a flight upgrade using points vary, depending on your flight routes and Velocity Membership status. The amount of points you need also depends on miles flown and your existing fare class, so we’ve outlined the different flight options below.

Domestic flights

If you’re booked on a Getaway, Elevate or Freedom fare, you can request an upgrade to business class on domestic flights operated by Virgin Australia with a VA flight number. With 100,000 Velocity Points to spend, you have a lot of options. But upgrades on longer flights will offer you the most value because they give you have more time in the air to enjoy the extra luxuries available in business class.

In particular, flights to and from Perth are a popular upgrade choice because, as well as being long, you’ll often be able to enjoy flat-bed seats when you fly business class on Virgin Australia’s newer Airbus A330s. Here are the Perth upgrades you’d be able to get with 100,000 points based on locations:

Sydney or Melbourne. If you have a Getaway or Elevate fare, you could get 2 upgrades for a total of 70,000 points, while on a Freedom fare you’d get 6 upgrades for 89,400 points.

With an existing Getaway or Elevate fare, you could get 3 upgrades for a total of 90,000 points. On a Freedom fare, you’d be able to get 10 upgrades for 99,000 points.

With the difference between economy and business class fares often worth hundreds of dollars, these upgrades could help you save a lot of money if you regularly travel between Perth and other capital cities.

International short-haul flights

You can request an upgrade to business class when you have a Go Plus, Getaway or Freedom fare on an eligible international short-haul flight operated by Virgin Australia or Virgin Samoa with a VA flight number. This covers flights leaving or arriving in countries within Southeast Asia and the Pacific, as well as those crossing the Tasman. Here are some examples of how far 100,000 Velocity Points could go:

FlightExisting fare classPoints to upgrade to business classNo. of upgrades with 100,000 Velocity Points
Sydney or Brisbane to BaliGo Plus or Getaway24,000 points one-way4 (totalling 96,000 points)
Perth to AucklandGo Plus or Getaway24,000 points one-way4 (totalling 96,000 points)
Brisbane to FijiGo Plus or Getaway24,000 points one-way4 (totalling 96,000 points)
Sydney or Brisbane to Samoa (Apia)Go Plus or Getaway24,000 points one-way4 (totalling 96,000 points)
Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne to AucklandGo Plus or Getaway16,000 points6 (totalling 96,000 points)
Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne to AucklandFreedom9,900 points10 (totalling 99,000 points)

*Information correct as of 18 July 2017

International long-haul flights

If you’re a Gold or Platinum Velocity member, you can use UpgradeMe Points to request upgrades for international long-haul flights to or from Los Angeles and Hong Kong when they’re operated by Virgin Australia and have a VA flight number. Here’s how far 100,000 points could go:

Los Angeles. If you booked an eligible Freedom fare, you could get 5 upgrades from economy to premium economy or two upgrades to business, both with a total cost of 90,000 points. The same goes for Premium Saver fares. If you already have an eligible premium ticket, you could get 4 upgrades to business class for a total of 100,000 points.

Hong Kong. If you booked on an eligible Freedom fare, you could get 3 upgrades to business class for a total of 82,500 points (27,500 points one-way).

How can I use Velocity Points for flight upgrades?

If you have an eligible fare and the required membership status, you can use your points through UpgradeMe Points by contacting the Membership Contact Centre on 13 18 75.

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Hotels and accommodation

As long as you have a minimum of 4,000 points, you can use your Velocity Points to pay for accommodation bookings with over 550,000 properties around the world via hotels.velocity.com.au. The number of points required varies depending on the hotel, the time of the booking and date/s you want to stay.

But to give you an idea of the potential options you’d have with 100,000 points, here are some examples of where you could stay for a one-night booking on Friday 20 October 2017. We’ve also included the cost if you booked your one-night stay with 4,000 points plus cash to show you the potential dollar value.

LocationHotelCost in pointsPoints plus pay cost
Gold Coast, AUHilton Surfers Paradise Residences98,900 points$617 plus 4,000 points
Melbourne, AUGrand Hyatt Melbourne91,600 points$570 plus 4,000 points
Sydney, AUPullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour83,200 points$526 plus 4,000 points
Los Angeles, USARitz Carlton Marina Del Rey99,400 points$621 plus 4,000 points
London, UKSofitel London St James99,600 points$622 plus 4,000 points
Paris, FRInterContinental Paris (Avenue Marceau)90,300 points$577 plus 4,000 points

*Points and costs based on search from 18 July 2017

Although there are some differences in the value of these rewards, each of your points would be worth between 0.65 cents to 0.66 cents per point (based on the “cost in cash” amounts). It’s also worth noting that we’ve selected some of the most expensive hotels. Depending on your travel plans and budget, you could get anywhere from 1-3 nights away by using your points for hotel bookings.

How to redeem Velocity Points for accommodation bookings

Here are the steps to make a booking through the Velocity Hotels service:

  1. Log in to your Velocity account.
  2. Go to “Redeem” then “Hotels” and then “Redeem with Kaligo”. You’ll then be taken to hotels.velocity.com.au.
  3. Enter your travel plans and search for accommodation. Note that you can sort the search results based on points, deals or ratings.
  4. Select your chosen accommodation and follow the prompts to complete the booking.

Earning more points for your Velocity hotel booking

If you pay with a combination of points and cash, you’ll also earn Velocity points on the cash part of the payment. You could also maximise your points by paying the cash portion with a Velocity credit card or with the Velocity Global Wallet prepaid debit card.

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Holidays and other travel

Velocity allows you to redeem your points for holiday packages around the world via the Virgin Australia Holidays online booking service. You can also use points to get lounge entry or pay for car hire. With 100,000 Velocity Points to play with, here are some of your options:

Virgin Australia Holidays gift certificates worth $600 to $700. You could use your points to get $600 value in gift certificates (85,800 points) or spend a little more for $700 value (100,100 points). You can also redeem points directly through Virgin Australia Holidays website but you won’t see the value of your points until you’re mid-way through the booking process.

The Lounge annual membership fees. If you’re an existing Virgin Australia lounge member, you could use 60,000 points to renew your membership. If you’re a new member, you could spend a bit more to pay the joining fee and annual fee (105,000 points).

Cruisepilot $500 voucher. If cruises are your thing, you can enjoy a $500 voucher for Cruisepilot with 89,000 Velocity Points.

Brunel limousine voucher. For 98,000 points you could get a 10-trip airport to CBD voucher with Brunel Limousines.

How to use Velocity Points for travel rewards

Here are the steps for redeeming your Velocity Points for any of these travel options:

  1. Log in to your Velocity account and go to “Redeem” then “Holidays and Travel”.
  2. Click on the type of travel reward you want (eg Virgin Australia Holidays, Virgin Australia Lounge, Cruisepilot). For Virgin Australia Holidays, you’ll be taken to the service's website. For the lounge memberships, Cruisepilot and Brunel rewards, you’ll be taken to a relevant page on the Velocity Rewards Store.
  3. Enter the required details and follow the prompts to redeem your travel rewards.

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Shopping and cashback options

If you’re not currently interested in travel and don’t want to save your points, you could also use them to buy items or gift cards from the Velocity Rewards Store. With everything from electronics to fashion, beauty products, homeware and movie vouchers, your 100,000 Velocity Points could help you pay for items already on your wishlist. Here are some examples of what’s available for up to 100,000 points:

CategoryItemPoints
CamerasOlympus TG-599,900 points
LuggageAmerican Tourister Cube Pop 3 piece set97,000 points
Gift cards$500 David Jones or Myer gift card90,000 points
Apple products128gb iPod Touch ORSeries 2 Apple Watch (72mm)82,800 points
OutdoorsColeman Instant Up six person tent76,200 points
CookingCuisinart Precision Master Stand Mixer76,000 points
WineMoët and Chandon half dozen64,500 points
EntertainmentNine sets of Village Gold Class movie tickets for two adults93,600 points (10,400 points per set of 2 tickets)

*Points and items based on search from 18 July 2017

Note that products do vary depending on when you want to redeem your points. But the points pricing for items also includes delivery, so you won’t have to pay more if you already have enough points in your account.

How to use points on the Velocity Rewards Store

To redeem your points for items on the Velocity store, just log into your account and follow these steps:

  1. Select “Redeem” then “Velocity Rewards Store”.
  2. Browse the range of items available or search for your chosen reward.
  3. Select the reward and follow the prompts to complete your redemption.

Once you’ve completed the redemption process, you should receive your reward item/s in 14 business days.

What else do I need to know about using 100,000 Velocity Points?

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To make the most of your Velocity Points, keep these details in mind:

  • Availability. Flights, flight upgrades, hotel bookings and most other rewards are subject to availability. This means there could be times when you won’t be able to use points to get the rewards you want. Planning ahead and leaving some room for flexibility can help you get the most out of your points.
  • Taxes and airfare fees. There may be taxes and additional fees that add to the cost of your rewards flights bookings. These are not automatically factored into the points you need for a flight but you can usually use points to pay for them (if you have enough). Just bear this in mind so you’re not caught short when you’re booking.
  • Point value. The dollar value of your points can vary significantly depending on what you use them for. Flights and flight upgrades usually offer the greatest value, although this can also depend on availability and demand. Remember to consider this and choose rewards that offer value based on your goals and needs.
  • Points+Pay. For reward flights, hotels, holiday packages and many other rewards, you have the option of using a combination of points and cash. This could help you get rewards you want that may be worth more than 100,000 points.
  • Buying points. If you don’t have enough points for your reward, another option is to buy them. The cost starts from $18 for 500 points and you can buy up to 20% of the points you need for a reward. Velocity lets you use this option a maximum of two times per year.
  • Point expiry. Remember that Velocity Points stay valid as long as you earn or redeem them at least once every 24 months. So if there isn’t anything you need right now, you could save your 100,000 Velocity Points for future rewards.

In general, you’ll get the most financial value from Velocity Points when you use them for flights or flight upgrades. But there can also be value in using points to pay for other travel plans or items that you want, especially if you don’t quite have enough cash on hand. So when you’re thinking about how to use 100,000 Velocity Points, factoring in both the dollar value and the convenience of specific rewards will help you get the most out of them.

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Amy Bradney-George

Amy is a Senior Writer at finder.com.au with more than 10 years experience covering credit cards, personal finance and various lifestyle topics. When she’s not sharing her knowledge on money matters, Amy spends her time as an actress.

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