Velocity announces changes to partner airlines

Sally McMullen 11 July 2017

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How you earn and redeem Velocity Points with partnered airlines is about to change.

It’s been a busy week for Virgin Australia’s Velocity frequent flyer program. On Thursday 6 July, Virgin welcomed four new airline partners to its program: Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Capital Airlines and Tianjin Airlines. This brings Virgin Australia’s number of partnered airlines to 18.

These four new airlines all belong to the Fortune Wings Club. This allows members to earn either Velocity Points or Fortune Wings status qualifying points or award points when flying Virgin Australia or any of its new partnered airlines between and within Australia, New Zealand and Greater China. Velocity members will be able to redeem points for flights with these airlines from August 2017.

While Velocity frequent flyers will now have more opportunities to use and spend points in Asia and beyond, earlier today, the loyalty program announced some changes that could see points potential shrink in New Zealand and the US.

We’ve highlighted the upcoming changes in the table below.

AirlineChanges
Delta Air LinesFrom 31 July 2017, Velocity Platinum, Gold and Silver members will earn more Velocity Points when flying Delta Air Lines or Virgin Australia flights with a Delta flight number.
Air New ZealandVelocity members will continue to earn and redeem points and receive other benefits when travelling via Air New Zealand operated flights within and between Australia and New Zealand. However, from 1 November 2017 you will no longer earn or redeem Velocity Points or Status Credits on all other flights operated by Air New Zealand.
Virgin AmericaVirgin America is dissolving its loyalty program "Elevate", so Velocity members will no longer be able to earn and redeem points on Virgin America flights for bookings made after 30 September 2017.
Singapore AirlinesAs of 31 August 2017, Velocity members can use their Points for Singapore Airlines Premium Economy Reward Seats. Velocity members can also redeem Velocity Points across all cabin classes on Singapore Airlines flights.

Frequent flyer airline networks are a great way to maximise your points no matter who you’re flying with. However, it’s important to stay across any changes to understand exactly how you can earn and redeem points.

Check out our Virgin Australia promo codes to get more value from your next flight.

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