Update 8/5/15 at noon ET:
I totally messed this one up. Transfers are 1.35 Singapore miles to 1 Virgin Australia point or 1.35 Virgin Australia points to 1 Singapore mile. In both directions you lose about a quarter of your miles, so this is a terrible deal. I was fooled by this sentence on the Virgin Australia website:
“*The conversion rate of 1.35 Velocity Points to 1.00 KrisFlyer Miles will be available both ways when converting from Velocity Points to KrisFlyer Miles or vice versa.”
I would argue that sentence is flat wrong, but at the very least ambiguous, and I misinterpreted, which I shouldn’t have done because the Singapore website and one of the screenshots in my post were clear enough that 1.35 Singapore miles = 1 Virgin Australia point.
Thanks to @Money_Metagame for correcting me on Twitter. Sorry for the misinformation on my part.
Since November 2014, you can transfer 1 Singapore KrisFlyer miles to 1.35 Virgin Australia Velocity Points or vice versa. I had no idea until Michael Kao let us know in the comments of yesterday’s post about which partners you can book with your miles.
This has the potential to be very valuable information for Americans because:
- Singapore miles are very easy to get as a transfer partner of four transferable points’ programs.
- Virgin Australia has some cheap redemption options (and not just for trips to Australia) and doesn’t appear to charge fuel surcharges.
How the Transfers Work
Link your accounts on either site. I linked mine on the Virgin Australia site here.
Then convert there from Virgin Australia points to Singapore miles or here from Singapore miles to Virgin Australia points.
Since Americans have much easier access to Singapore miles, the likely transfer will be from Singapore to Virgin Australia. I went to the transfer page inside my Singapore account, and my accounts were linked from the link I had made on the Virgin Australia site a few minutes before.
The minimum number of miles to transfer is 5,000, and you appear to be able to transfer any amount above that, even odd numbers.
How to Get Singapore Miles
Singapore miles are a 1:1 transfer partner of Citi ThankYou Points, American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and SPG Starpoints. Transfers take about 24 hours.
Here’s a quick way to get 100,000 ThankYou Points from two cards:
- Citi ThankYou® Premier Card: 40,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open. The card also earns 3x points on travel and gas and 2x points on dining and entertainment
- Citi Prestige® Card: 40,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $4,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open. The card also comes earns 3x points on airfare and hotels and has a host of benefits like lounge access and $250 in free airfare per year.
Opening a Virgin Australia Account
You need to be a resident of Australia, New Zealand, or Pacific Islands to join Virgin Australia Velocity. If you’re comfortable giving an address there, you’ll have no problem signing up here.
Cheap Deals on the Virgin Australia Award Charts
Virgin Australia has two distance-based award charts. One for Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America, Virgin Samoa, Etihad, Delta, and trans-Tasman Air New Zealand flights.
I gather from this table of popular redemptions that there are no fuel surcharges on awards because the dollar amounts listed are only taxes.
Many of these are good deals, especially after you divide by 1.35 to account for the transfer bonus from Singapore miles.
- Sydney to Melbourne for 5,112 Singapore miles
- Sydney to Perth for 12,519 Singapore miles
- Sydney to Los Angeles for 34,815 Singapore miles
- Sydney to Fiji for 12,519 Singapore miles
I am going to figure out even more good deals and confirm the total taxes and fees on awards by doing dummy bookings over the phone in the coming days.
There are four airlines with Virgin in the name: Atlantic, Australia, America, and Samoa. They are separate airlines. This article is about Virgin Australia.
Singapore miles do NOT convert to any other the other Virgins’ miles. Virgin Atlantic miles do NOT convert to the other Virgins’ miles. (However Virgin Australia miles can book awards on all the Virgins.)
There’s one other reason you might care about Virgin Australia Velocity. 😉
I’ve added my Velocity number to my next Delta award online. Let’s see if I get any miles.
Singapore miles and Virgin Australia points can be freely converted from one to the other. This opens up great opportunities since Singapore miles are very easy to get, and Virgin Australia has a fair award chart and interesting partners.