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Virgin Australia Doubles Domestic Reward Flight Availability

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Tom Goward | 21/07/2020

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As border restrictions begin to ease in some states, many Australians are dreaming of a much-needed domestic getaway. In response, Virgin Australia and Velocity Frequent Flyer have announced they will be expanding the reward seat availability across the network from today. The airline is set to double the number of Reward Seat and Any Seat destinations from 76 to 152 routes. This means that over 97% of all Virgin Australia routes now have reward availability. Plus, Virgin Australia has sweetened the news by reintroducing flight upgrades, as well as hotel and car hire redemption options.

Also read: Discounted Virgin Australia Flights In Western Australia

Book with confidence

Virgin Australia is continuing to give travellers additional flexibility by waiving fees to change or cancel your redemption booking before 1 September 2020. If you decide to cancel your flight, Virgin Australia says they will refund your points/cash to the original form of payment, excluding any booking or credit card fees. If you decide to change your flight, you may be subject to any fare increase.

Where can I fly?

From today, the following routes are available for reward bookings.

from (one-way)To
AdelaideAlice Springs
Brisbane
Melbourne
Perth
Sydney
Hobart*
Launceston*
Mackay*
Rockhampton*
Sunshine Coast*
Alice SpringsAdelaide
BallinaSydney
BrisbaneAdelaide
Cairns
Canberra
Darwin
Mackay
Melbourne
Mount Isa
Newcastle
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Whitsunday Coast
Broome*
Hobart*
Launceston*
Karratha*
Kalgoorlie*
Port Hedland*
Newman*
BroomePerth
Brisbane*
Gold Coast*
Melbourne*
Sydney*
Townsville*
CairnsBrisbane
Melbourne
Sydney
Broome*
Newcastle*
Perth*
CanberraBrisbane
Gold Coast
Melbourne
DarwinBrisbane
Perth
Sydney*
Gold CoastCanberra
Melbourne
Sydney
Broome*
Perth*
HobartSydney
Adelaide*
Brisbane*
KalgoorliePerth
Brisbane*
Melbourne*
KarrathaPerth
Brisbane*
KununurraPerth
Sydney
Adelaide*
Brisbane*
LauncestonSydney
Adelaide*
Melbourne*
MackayBrisbane
Adelaide*
Melbourne*
Newcastle*
Perth*
Sydney*
MelbourneAdelaide
Brisbane
Cairns
Canberra
Gold Coast
Perth
Sydney
Broome*
Kalgoorlie*
Mackay*
Mount Isa*
Port Hedland*
Rockhampton*
Townsville*
Whitsunday Coast*
Mount IsaBrisbane
Melbourne*
Sydney*
NewcastleBrisbane
Cairns*
Mackay*
Rockhampton*
Townsville*
Whitsunday Coast*
NewmanPerth
Brisbane*
PerthAdelaide
Brisbane
Broome
Darwin
Kalgoorlie
Karratha
Kununurra
Melbourne
Newman
Port Hedland
Sydney
Cairns*
Gold Coast*
Mackay*
Rockhampton*
Townsville*
Port HedlandPerth
Brisbane*
Melbourne*
RockhamptonBrisbane
Adelaide*
Melbourne*
Newcastle*
Perth*
Sydney*
Sunshine CoastSydney
Adelaide*
SydneyAdelaide
Ballina
Brisbane
Cairns
Gold Coast
Hobart
Launceston
Melbourne
Perth
Sunshine Coast
Broome*
Darwin*
Mackay*
Mount Isa*
Rockhampton*
Whitsunday Coast*
TownsvilleBrisbane
Broome*
Melbourne*
Newcastle*
Perth*
Whitsunday CoastBrisbane
Melbourne*
Newcastle*
Sydney*

*Travel to this destination may require a connection.

How many points will I need?

Reward Seat bookings differ based on the mileage of your desired flight. Some examples of one-way Virgin Australia reward seat costs include:

  • Sydney to Brisbane in Economy: from 7,800 Points + $39.30
  • Perth to Broome in Economy: from 11,800 Points + $39.30
  • Brisbane to Darwin in Economy: from 17,800 Points + $49.46

What about upgrading with points?

Good news! You can once again use your Velocity Points to score an upgrade with Virgin Australia. To do this, simply navigate to ‘Upgrade with Points’ or ‘Bid for an Upgrade’ within your booking.

Hotel and car hire redemptions

In addition to opening up flights for reward bookings, Velocity members can now use their points to book hotel stays, with more than 800,000 hotel rooms across over 15,000 Australian hotels now available for redemption bookings.

Europcar car hire bookings using points are also back from the end of July, meaning members can now use points to book their entire holiday! (FH suggests researching the cash value before using points to book car hire/hotels as this often represents poor value).

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