Post # 1
The BEST THING EVER JUST HAPPENED!!! Through my partner’s work we just scored 500,000 Velocity frequent flyer points WOOO
Where we were planning on just taking a low key trip to Bali or Thailand (we’re in Australia) for a few days for our honeymoon to keep it cheap, but now basically the whole world has opened up.
We’ve made the joint decision to use the points on our honeymoon. We have never taken a dedicated holiday together (aside from visitng family across the country), and with what we’ve achieved this past 12 months (moving across the country, getting engaged, buying a house), WE DEFINITELY NEED A BREAK! lol
I have NO idea where to start! Where should we go? If you had half a million FF points, how would you use them?
All suggestions welcome! We are not travellers, so know so little….
Post # 2
That is amazing !!!!! Wow ! My suggestion would be to Fly business class! And do multiple countries if you can. My dream honeymoon is South Africa and Mauritius or Seychelles. I think it would be the perfect mix of a city escape, nature (safari) and a grand finale of a relaxing beach retreat.
Post # 3
My dad gave us some good advice about our honeymoon. He said,”Go somewhere where you’ll never see yourself being able to go to again.”
I personally want to go to Japan SO BAD. I’ve always had a soft spot for the food and the art, and it would be the perfect place for a couple of nerds that love to eat. I agree with flying first class too, might as well make it a trip of a lifetime as much as possible.
Post # 4
How long a break do you have? Can you book hotels with the Velocity points too? I would be looking at a round-the-world trip if there’s enough points to go around!
Post # 5
WHHHHHAAAATTTTT. how?!?!? that’s amazing. (also, as a US bee, i had to lol at how casually “low key” a Bali trip is). if you’d typically go someplace nearby, i’d say use the points to go far away! i’d vote for Iceland, since it’s practically the other side of the world, it’s gorgeous, and it’s like the complete opposite of australia.
Post # 6
That is so amazing!!! I definitely would be booking first class flights. Maybe someplace like Santorini or Mykonos? Maybe a road trip around Ireland?
Post # 7
Do not waste your points on business if you are flying virgin australia. Their economy x and premium classes are pretty great and cost so much less.
We had to fly to Canada this year and had to go through LAX or Dallas so we used our points to fly return to LAX on virgin. We flew economy x and it was pretty awesome. Extra room and free noise cancelling headphones which were really really good for airline headphones. Food was great as well. It only cost 100k points each for return. Plus we used the same restroom as business. Had priority boarding as well.
If it isn’t a virgin flight then business might be better depending on airline.
Virgin Australia is one of the best frequent flyer programs inregards to value of rewards (Qantas sucks balls) but you have to keep checking and your status makes a big difference. When trying to book my dad on the same flight through his points the deal didn’t even come up and we booked on our account instead. It was due to us having a higher status and that was thanks to our NAB velocity credit card and flybuys. It is a great way to earn status points.
We are looking at going to Europe next year but so far haven’t found a points deal worth it and are probably going to save the points and pay instead.
Post # 8
Thanks a bunch Bees for your ideas!!!!!!!!! I’m SO stoked.
I would LOVE to do South Africa. Actually a lot of Africa. I am obsessed with South African wines at the moment, and I’ve always dreamed of doing a safari.
Japan is probably top of our list to go to. We’re thinking of doing a 3 week honeymoon – 1 week spent somewhere luxurious and the other two somewhere like Japan or Hongkong. A good amount of touristy, with a healthy dose of “sitting-by-a-pool-drinking-cocktails-and-doing-the-square-root-of-bugger-all”.
I have looked into it, and some hotels you can book w/ Velocity points, but the cost is pretty inflated. I think we would likely pay cash for it, unless we came across a really good deal.
Fiance won a contest at work (he works for a bank), and they are partnered with Velocity. It’s AWESOME. Yeah – Bali and Thailand is hella cheap from here – literally can get return flights for like $200 or less if you get a good promotion. Considering it costs us $1000 each return to see his family on the East Coast it’s stuuuuuuupid how cheap it is. Also I have been eyeballing Iceland and Greenland for some time now.
*Dies* GREECE. It has always been a dream of mine ever since I saw Sisterhood of the Travelling pants as an 18 year old hahahaha.
You know it’s funny I’ve heard that about Virgin. But, as far as I’m aware they’re partered with far superior arlines for Business Class – like Singapore Air – which I believe we might have to utilise if we want to go to some places in Asia (like Japan). I don’t know how easy it is to transfer the points though….so if anyone’s done it I’m all ears!!
Post # 9
It’s got to be Europe!! Do a European tour 😍😍😍
Post # 10
You don’t have to transfer points. You will have to call velocity however. They will be able to tell you which partner airlines have seats and how much.
Honestly I think unless it is a budget airline (like air asia or jetstar) then business is a waste when flying to Asia from Australia. It is such a short flight, especially given most airlines use hubs (singapore/KL) on the asian routes.
Have you looked to see if you can use the points to pay for accommodation? That might be more worthwhile.
There are sites out there that will tell you the value of the points in terms of the different options (flights/accommodation/experiences/goods). It is good to have a basic understanding in order to see if you are getting ripped off or not. Sometimes the free points flights are overvalued.
Do you have any idea where in Asia you might go? Sri Lanka is beautiful and for a honeymoon Bintan Island.
Post # 11
We went to Japan for 15 days for our honeymoon, it’s definitely worthwhile. We went back a year later because there was still so much more to see.
Post # 12
Awesome congrats! I’d recommend Tahiti, Fiji or Cook Islands! (South Pacific is so beautiful!)