This will be more of interest to Australian readers. Virgin Velocity is one of the programs I recommend Aussies join as it is very easy to get points from everyday living and also the American Express Membership Rewards program. If you are new to my blog, please take a few minutes to read the posts I linked above.
Until 30 June, you can save 15% on reward flights. If you couple this with one of the regular points bonus transfers, this can be a substantial discount on the cost of reward seats. Velocity usually does a bonus promo at least once a year and offers a 15-30% bonus when you transfer miles from any of their affiliated credit cards. This promo has finished but it gives you an idea of what to expect.
15% off Domestic and International Reward Seats Terms and Conditions
*All redemptions quoted are Reward Seats, subject to availability and to the Velocity Membership Terms and Conditions and booked on the internet at virginaustralia.com/velocity . This offer only applies to flights marketed and operated by Virgin Australia. Flights operated by partner airlines are not eligible for this offer. This offer applies to bookings made between 19 April 2013 and 30 June 2013. 15% discount is only applicable to minimum Points pricing and does not apply to taxes, fees and surcharges which are payable in addition to Velocity Points redeemed. Quoted fares are correct as at 19 April 2013 and are subject to change. Seats are limited and may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Any taxes, Booking and Service fees and surcharge components are not eligible for Points earn. Name changes are not permitted. Refunds and itinerary changes are permitted prior to travel, subject to a service fee, fare differences (if applicable) and fare restrictions . Payment amount will comprise of taxes or taxes and a Booking and Service fee, depending on the value. A Booking and Service fee will apply when paying by credit card or debit card when the payment amount is $50 or more: $7.70 per person per booking for Virgin Australia domestic flights, $10 per person per booking for Virgin Australia international short haul flights and $30 per person per booking for Virgin Australia international long haul flights. A phone booking fee applies: $35 per person per booking for Virgin Australia domestic and international short haul flights and $60 per person per booking for Virgin Australia international long haul flights. Baggage Allowances for Economy Reward Seat fares include a checked baggage allowance and vary by membership level and destination. Red members receive 1 piece up to 23kg on domestic and international short haul flights, 2 pieces up to 23 kg each on flights to Los Angeles, or 30kg on international long haul flights to Abu Dhabi. Complimentary baggage allowances apply for Silver, Gold and Platinum Velocity members. Additional baggage charges apply; please view the schedule of current fees . Fees are chargeable at the time of purchase. Fees will be incurred for excess baggage.
Here’s a sample route map of non-stops from Brisbane. You can put any city as the departure on their interactive map and see where you can go on a non-stop or a connection. I highlighted in yellow some places of interest to eco-tourists.
Virgin Austalia serves all the major domestic airports too.