expired 30% off Most Virgin Australia Reward Flights in All Classes

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Most reward seats for Virgin Australia-operated flights are at a discount of up to ~30% off for the vast majority of flights.

The sale includes Economy, Premium Economy and Business class on most routes operated by Virgin Australia themselves, as well as Virgin Atlantic, Alitalia, Delta Air Lines or Air New Zealand (Trans Tasman only).

Booking period: Now until 28 Feb 2018
Travel dates: From 15 March 2018 until 9 Jan 2019.

Some routes may be excluded. Eligible reward flights will have a 'promo tag' (red ribbon) above their pricing.

A small tax component (usually $15 to $100 depending on flight) applies to each one-way segment. A ~1.5% credit card fee applies to these payments.

Example routes:

Flight Length Class of travel Normal points cost Sale points cost Savings
Short (e.g. SYD-MEL) Economy 7,800 5,400 2,400 pts (30.76%)
Short (e.g. MEL-HBA) Business 15,500 10,800 4,700 pts (30.32%)
Medium (e.g. PER-SYD) Economy 17,800 12,400 5,400 pts (30.33%)
Medium (e.g. BNE-PER) Business 35,500 24,800 10,700 pts (30.14%)
Long (e.g. MEL-LAX) Economy 44,800 31,300 13,500 pts (30.14%)
Long (e.g. MEL-LAX) Premium Economy 71,700 50,100 21,600 pts (30.13%)
Long (e.g. LAX-MEL) Business 95,500 66,800 28,700 pts (30.05%)

My personal sweet spot is Perth to East Coast in Business class for 24,800 points. It's a substantial saving over the normal cost, and if you're on an A330, you'll get an exceptional experience.

There is also good availability domestically over the Christmas travel period. My friends traveling from Perth to Launceston economy return redeemed just 24,800 points for flights which are already at $740 cash. $0.029 value per point is pretty good.

This deal has been 'active' since the start of Monday, 12 February, and that's when I made all my bookings.

Velocity confirmed yesterday that this sale is legit and will be officially announced soon.

Happy travels.

Edit: Thanks to JoeyJoeJoe for finding the full terms and conditions - refer to his post for the details.

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    Oh, very nice. Any idea how long these discounts will last?

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      No idea yet, I'll update the post when official details are released :)

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        Thanks for posting. Great find.

      • +2 votes

        Ok I found the dates for you. Books by 28 Feb and travel between 15 March 2018 and 9 Jan 2019.

        Full T&Cs blurb:

        Redeeming Flights: Save 30% off the Points required for all Reward Seats on flights operated by Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic, Alitalia, Delta Air Lines or Air New Zealand (Trans Tasman only) and redeemed via the Velocity Frequent Flyer program for travel from 15 March 2018 until 9 January 2019. The discount does not apply to taxes and fees whether paid in Points or cash. The discounted price will be displayed during the booking process or quoted by Velocity's Contact Centre. On sale from 12 February 2018 until midnight AEST 28 February 2018 unless sold out prior. The quoted redemption fares are correct as at 30 January 2018 and are subject to change. Fares are subject to availability, and seats are limited and may not be available at peak times or on all flights and must be booked on the Velocity website, virginaustralia.com or through Velocity's Contact Centre. The discount is not applicable when booking via Virgin Australia Any Seat or Points + Pay options, or when booking via Tigerair Australia using Velocity Points as a payment method. Taxes are payable in addition to Velocity Points redeemed. Any taxes or fee components are not eligible for Points earn. Price may vary until ticketed. All payments made on the internet or on the phone via debit/credit card are subject to a payment surcharge between 0.6% to 1.3% of the total value of the card transaction (capped at $40 for domestic and $70 for international, per passenger per booking). Add $40 or 5,200 Points for domestic and international short haul bookings or $70 or 8,800 Points for international long haul booking per person for bookings made on the phone. A checked baggage allowance is included in your Virgin Australia fare, see Reward Seat Baggage Allowances for details. When travelling with a partner airline, check their website for baggage allowance information. Name changes are not permitted. Other changes, refunds and cancellation are permitted prior to travel and may incur a fee and any applicable fare difference. Itinerary changes made after 28 February 2018 will cause your discount to be lost. See the Velocity Rewards Seat fare rules for more information. Some flights may be operated by a partner airline. Different baggage allowances and conditions may apply to these flights.

  • +2 votes

    Bugger, only booked flights last week. :(

    • +2 votes

      I've got it even worse. I booked my reward flights on Sunday - the day before the sale started :(

      • +1 vote

        Cancellation fee is usually 4,400 points or $35 for domestic redemptions… worth cancelling and rebooking?

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    Damn shame it’s not on their partner airlines too going to Europe so Etihad or Singapore Airlines would have been great

  • +2 votes

    If only I had enough virgin points.
    Qantas needs to do this.

    • +1 vote

      As much as I’m allegiant to Qantas in practical terms, they really suck and I hate them.

      They used to do 30% off Domestic redemption pretty regularly back in the day, but even then the fees were the same as a cash red-e-deal ticket.

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    I'm confused, I thought east coast, bne, mel to lax is usually 95,500 business, Ive seen some reward seats a few months ago at that point cost. Where did the 111,500 come from? Are those going to be the new reward tables? Cheers

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    Is there any way to easily search for Reward flights? Or is it just a case of manually searching through each day until you find some?

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      Manually searching, unfortunately :(

      • +4 votes

        I noticed Delta airlines was a partner of virgin, so I searched for flights on their site instead of virgin's and it lets you do a 5 week view! So it'll show you the cheapest days to fly in that 5 week period, then you can just go back and check those dates through virgin's site and it might just be a reward flight :)

        Note: this was for Melbourne to LA flights, I didn't try Australian domestic flights through this method.

  •  

    Can't see it on Melb > Hong Kong or even Melb > LA around July/Aug dates.. maybe its excluded?

  • +2 votes

    availability will be the problem

  •  

    This is awesome. Nice one OP!

  • +1 vote

    Nice mate, appreciate the table of example routes!

  •  

    It's the final day to get a 15% bonus point transfer from AMEX as well. You could get a great deal combining the two. https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/358736

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      How long does it take for your points to clear to purchase a flight using them though?

  •  

    awesome thanks for sharing!

  • +1 vote

    Anyone know if Qantas usually follow suit to compete with this kind of deal? I've only got Qantas points

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    shame SQ isn't included :<

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    SYD <> MEL is showing as 9300 not 5400.

    • +2 votes

      The price you're seeing is if you also pay taxes with points. However this is universally regarded as bad value.

      Look at the smaller numbers - you'll see 5400 + $tax which is generally better value for your points.

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    There's flight discount to Hongkong as well for $600.

    If I use points, it will be 38,800 points + $149.

    I dont know if its worth to use points, or should I just buy a ticket of $600?

    • +4 votes

      38,800 points is valued about $390 to $400 on Ozbargain. With taxes included, just buying a ticket for $600 will be better value as you'll earn points and status credits. However the trade-off is flexibility as reward tickets are much easier to cancel.

      Of course, if you've earned the points for 'free'and don't have any future use for them, then perhaps redeeming them is better. All up to individual circumstances.

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    MEL-LAX and there actually is a single reward seat available? As over on AFF someone posted results from the whole year and couldn't find one.

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      I just tried a single person return for 25/4/2018 to 10/5/2018 economy and there's plenty available,

      eg: 31,300 + ~$134 to get there, 31,300 + $34-63 to get back.

      Just have to be REALLY flexible with dates.

      Business class reward seats are rare as hen's teeth.

      • +2 votes

        I should of been more specific. This was in regards to Business class and they are non existent which is a blemish on their program.

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        I couldn't find a single business class reward seat :(

  •  

    amazing!!! bali 15600 economy or 34600 Business One way!!!
    i have 200 000 points.
    I wish i had AUssue citizenship approved and passport soon.
    would go to USA then. Hawaii Maybe

  •  

    I wouldn't mind anywhere in Australia to LAX or NY(Unsure if they do this), I wanted to fly late Oct, return late Nov/Early Dec.
    140,000 return business sounds good, I was going to look to upgrade anyways!

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    I dont really use my points much to book, so i am not sure how it works. I notice int he T&C it says it isnt valid with Points + Pay, is that right? I am looking at flights from sydney to brisbane and i can get them for 5400 plus 28$ each way. Is that the right deal? Am i doing it right? Or is that the points + pay system which doesnt get the 30% off savings from this deal?

    • +1 vote

      Hey, you're doing it right. 5400 points + $28 is the correct discount fare (usually 7,800 points).

      Points + Pay is when you are buying a seat's cash value with points. It's in the 3rd column of results, after Economy Reward and Business Reward. They are generally never good value.

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        Cool, thanks mate. Glad i was doing it the right way. Now i just gotta figure out what time to leave and return.

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    Booked BNE <> MEL for 16,400 + taxes. I find the whole thing too confusing so just hoped I was getting a good deal. I think I did?

    You may now revoke my membership.

  •  

    Anyone else found any good deals for international other than LA? Leaving from Brisbane.
    Can't find any business flights to LA, are they usually that limited?

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      Business redemption on VA's LA routes is usually hard to come by. From what I have read, for each flight they release any unbooked business class seats for redemption about 5-7 days in advance.

      • +1 vote

        According to a thread over on AFF, award tickets to LAX in Business are non existent either from SYD or MEL.

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      Good luck finding anything. I searched last night for quite some time (from Melbourne to LA) for Prem Eco and Bus and there was nothing all year

  •  

    Wish qantas joins this party!

  •  

    Just got the email from velocity - it is a Valentines day promo.

  •  

    So if you book a ticket eith points you don't earn status credits ?
    I need to earn another 216 to keep gold :(

  • +1 vote

    I had to book 2 return tickets to Brisbane and was dreading how much it was gonna cost me as I don't even want to go but have to… so I did what any self respecting man would do, I procrastinated instead. And that paid off today when I checked Ozbargain and found this deal!!!! Not even that bothered about going anymore as it will cost me zero dollars (and I have plenty of points anyway).

  •  

    I need to go NYC to LON at end of March - Doesn't look like Virgin Australia will let me book a purely Virgin Atlantic flight.

  • +2 votes

    booked myself, wife and two daughters a trip to Disneyworld.
    Wife is pretty happy tonight.

    Thanks OP

  •  

    Anyone manage to find discounted business class to HKG? No luck here so far :(

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    Anyone have any luck MEL-LAX? Been looking late August and most of the fares look like they're 49k for economy or 62k for premium economy and that's after the 30%.

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    What if I don't have enough points? Can I purchase points just to avail the discount?

  •  

    I couldn't find a single seat business to LA, was looking towards end of the year.

    All I see is Business Savers, but its like 600,000 points one way? :|

    Found economy for 30k points plus taxes, that's about it.

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      Those are Business 'any seat' awards which are effectively the cash value of a Business class ticket converted into points. Definitely not worth it, might as well pay cash.

      Business rewards to/from LAX are extremely rare as most people have found - barely a single seat available across the year.

  •  

    I'm thinking of booking a long weekend (4 days) away for my birthday in mid-August with velocity points.

    Does anyone have any ideas about where I should go? Ideally somewhere warm

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