• Earn up to 40,000 Velocity Points with Lumo Energy

    Turn your business power bill into Virgin Australia frequent flyer points with this special offer from energy retailer Lumo Energy. This article is sponsored by Lumo Energy. Business owners can now take advantage of an offer from Lumo Energy to earn Velocity Frequent Flyer Points when payi...

    POSTED 29 Jun, 2016 0 Comments

  • Qantas, Virgin Australia or United points: our top pick for Hilton stays

    Earlier this year, the ‘points and fixed miles’ earning option faced extinction in the Hilton HHonors program, changing the way that members earn airline points or miles on their travels. Under the old scheme, travellers could earn either 1,000 Qantas or Velocity points at most Hilto...

    POSTED 3 Apr, 2014 6 Comments

  • Virgin Australia boosts points, status credits on Singapore Airlines

    Members of Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program can now earn points and status credits on the lowest-priced Singapore Airlines fares. However, the number of Velocity points needed to redeem a 'free' Singapore Airlines flight between Australia and Singapore has increased....

    POSTED 19 Mar, 2014 8 Comments

  • Virgin Australia: frequent flyer point upgrades for Saver economy tickets

    Virgin Australia now allows domestic travellers on its low-cost Saver fares to upgrade to business class using their Velocity Frequent Flyer points. Points-based upgrades have previously been available only on the most expensive economy Flexi fares. The number of Velocity points needed for a bu...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2014 13 Comments

  • New United Airlines, Star Alliance award rates a boon for Aussie travellers

    New redemption rates for United Airlines' Mileage Plus frequent flyer scheme come into effect this weekend – and they pack some good news for Australian travellers. While the changes generally see United's core membership of US residents lose out through a massive hike in redemption r...

    POSTED 31 Jan, 2014 7 Comments

  • Virgin Australia's Velocity family pooling: tips and tricks for sharing your points

    Many airline frequent flyer programs let you transfer points from one family member to another, but Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer scheme takes things further by allowing you to transfer your points, and also your status credits, automatically whenever earned. Known as 'family poolin...

    POSTED 27 Dec, 2013 6 Comments

  • Your guide to Virgin Australia business class

    Get up to speed on Virgin Australia's domestic business class with this special selection of Australian Business Traveller articles. Review and photo tour: Virgin Australia's new business class Our first-hand report plus plenty of photos to show what you'll find in Virgin's new Boeing...

    POSTED 18 Jun, 2012 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia ends one-off lounge access

    Virgin Australia is closing down the 'single-entry pass' program through which infrequent flyers can purchase a one-off entry into its airport lounges. Today's your last chance to buy 'Single Entry' passes online for $55 each, although a Virgin Australia spokeswoman assured A...

    POSTED 31 Jan, 2012 2 Comments

  • Virgin Australia: double points, status credits on business class

    Virgin Australia is set to sweeten the deal for travellers to sample its new business class. All business class travel between January 26 and February 29 will earn double number of Velocity frequent flyer points as well as twice the usual number of status credits. Virgin Australia exec Liz...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2012 4 Comments

  • Save Velocity points on Virgin Australia business class seats

    Sitting on a stack of Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points? Until next Wednesday, January 18, you can book business class flights within Australia and save thousands of points off the rack rate. The trick is to book your reward flight as a premium economy seat, which require substanti...

    POSTED 13 Jan, 2012 0 Comments

  • Frequent flyers can now 'earn & burn' on Virgin & Singapore

    Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines today kicked off their reciprocal 'earn and burn' privileges for frequent flyers. Travellers can now pick up points and status credits in the airlines' respective Velocity and KrisFlyer programs, as well as redeem them on flights with either air...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2011 7 Comments

  • AusBT Awards 2011: Best Frequent Flyer Program

    Best Frequent Flyer Programme for Australian Business Travellers: Virgin Australia Velocity Virgin Australia gave airline loyalty programmes a much-needed shake-up with its mid-year relaunch of the Velocity rewards scheme. Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti nimbly out-maneuvered the muscl...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2011 5 Comments

  • Virgin Australia clarifies access for Singapore Airlines lounges

    With the Virgin Australia / Singapore Airlines alliance now in full swing, including reciprocal 'earn and burn' privileges as of next week, Virgin has moved to clarify which SQ lounges are available to its Velocity frequent flyers and other travellers. Here’s what you need to kno...

    POSTED 14 Dec, 2011 6 Comments

  • Virgin Australia & Westfield partner in Velocity buy-and-fly deal

    Virgin Australia has signed up Westfield as the latest partner in its Velocity frequent flyer program. The deal will see Velocity members earn two points for every dollar spent at Westfield's online shopping mall at westfield.com.au (so, alas, you won't earn anything fro...

    POSTED 29 Nov, 2011 1 Comment

  • Virgin frequent flyer research: 43% want toasters over travel?

    Virgin Australia has shared the results of research into what Australians say they want from a frequent flyer program, and to be honest, it's a bit of a mixed bag. There are some interesting findings: that while than nine million Australians are members of a frequent flyer scheme, some...

    POSTED 29 Nov, 2011 3 Comments

  • Virgin trials free lounge passes for Velocity frequent flyers

    Virgin Australia has issued "several thousand" members of its Velocity frequent flyer program with free one-time passes to the airline's lounges around Australia, as it trials the concept ahead of a 2012 launch. One of a laundry list of benefits spruiked when Virgin relaunched its Velocity ...

    POSTED 29 Nov, 2011 5 Comments

  • Qantas launches priority 'premium' boarding on domestic flights

    Qantas will launch dedicated ‘express lanes’ at airports around Australia beginning this month, allowing business class passengers and Platinum-grade frequent flyers to skip the boarding gate queue for domestic flights. The first ‘Domestic Priority Boarding’ lane is ...

    POSTED 23 Nov, 2011 10 Comments

  • Priority boarding for domestic flights: so what

    Qantas will finally introduce priority boarding for domestic flights this week, joining Virgin Australia in offering an ‘express lane’ for business class passengers and top-tier frequent flyers to zip past the queue at the boarding gate. Business class passengers, Qantas Pl...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2011 8 Comments

  • Gold & platinum frequent flyer benefits: Qantas vs Virgin Australia

    This article has been updated to take into account the recent relaunch of Velocity Rewards. Gold and platinum membership of a frequent flyer program is where the benefits really start to pile up -- but you have to spend a considerable amount with the airline to achieve it. We're tackling...

    POSTED 11 Nov, 2011 8 Comments

  • Silver frequent flyer benefits: Qantas vs Virgin Australia

    This article has been updated to take into account the recent relaunch of Velocity Rewards. As part of our series comparing the Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Velocity Rewards programs in  detail we've already examined what you need to do to earn silver, gold or platinum statu...

    POSTED 10 Nov, 2011 7 Comments

  • Qantas Club vs Virgin Lounge membership: which is better value?

    This article has been updated to take into account the recent relaunch of Velocity Rewards. This week we've been comparing the Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Velocity Rewards programs in close detail. Part of the lure of any frequent flyer program is lounge access, although this is typ...

    POSTED 9 Nov, 2011 2 Comments

  • Better for upgrades: Qantas Frequent Flyer or Virgin Velocity?

    Business travellers know that an important part of their frequent flyer program is the opportunity to upgrade from one class to another: economy to business domestically, or between economy, premium economy, business and first class when flying internationally. Australian Business Traveller has ...

    POSTED 9 Nov, 2011 4 Comments

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