How to burn 500,000 VFF Points

Ordinarily, you’d need to spend $500,000 through a frequent flyer credit card in order to earn 500,000 Velocity Points.

Either that, or fly a lot of flights with Virgin Australia.

There is one very fast way to getting half a million Velocity Points — win 1st prize in the Credit Card Compare 1 Million Velocity Points Giveaway.

If you’re anything like me, you might be a bit of a dreamer when it comes to travel.

Just imagine what it’s going to be like for whoever ends up winning first prize and bagging 500,000 Velocity Points deposited in their account!

Where would you go?

Would you try and make the points last as long as possible with lots of shorter flights in economy?

Or would you go crazy with a once-in-a-lifetime trip in business… or even first?

What an amazing “problem” to have to deal with!

So… I thought I’d do a little sleuthing and have compiled a list of 10 truly amazing destinations you could book using 500,000 Velocity Points.

P.S. Let’s assume you will pay for the taxes and airline charges—it’s better than using points for that part of the booking.

1. Los Angeles

Los Angeles

  • Sydney (SYD) – Los Angeles (LAX)
  • 2 adults 2 children | economy | return
  • 448,000 Velocity Frequent Flyer Points (normally around $4,000 for a family)
  • approx. $675 airline charges and taxes
  • Virgin Australia and codeshare partners

To whittle the city of angeles down to one word does this sun drenched haven a great disservice. While often referred to as Tinseltown, the glamour and beauty of L.A. extends far beyond Hollywood. Grab your flip-flops, devour a famous Californian breakfast at Lemonade LA (as loved by celebrities and tourists alike), stop for an epic ice-cream float at Ruby’s, cruise along the famous Pacific Coast Highway and finally, plot whether you should soak up the sun on Venice beach or simply watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand at Mama Shelter.

2. Paris

Paris

  • Sydney (SYD) – Paris (CDG)
  • 2 adults | economy | return
  • 300,000 Velocity Frequent Flyer Points (leaving you with 200,000 Points to go somewhere else)
  • approx. $600 airline charges and taxes
  • Virgin Australia and codeshare partners

Meander over the Pont des Arts – the famous bridge adorned with iconic love locks – to the sweet hum of the Parisian traffic, stop for a cafe creme in St Germain and brush up on your Français with the locals; they’ll appreciate it. While Paris is dubbed a true gem of Europe, it comes with a hefty price-tag. Thankfully 500,000 velocity points will lighten your credit card bill and heighten your experience in this ‘incroyable’ city.

3. Rome

Rome

  • Sydney (SYD) – Rome (FCO)
  • 2 adults | economy | return
  • 300,000 Velocity Frequent Flyer Points (leaving you with 200,000 Points to go somewhere else)
  • approx. $400 airline charges and taxes
  • Virgin Australia and codeshare partners

Not visiting the Eternal City of Rome is often described as the travellers ultimate cardinal sin. An abundance of ancient treasures await and no trip to this cultural hub is complete without a guided tour around the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. As the dulcet chimes of the San Marco bell tower fill the city, make sure you grab a gelato at the famous Gelateria Della Palma – that is if you can pick from the 150 homemade flavours on offer.

4. London

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  • Sydney (SYD) – London (LHR)
  • 1 adult | business | return
  • 278,000 Velocity Frequent Flyer Points
  • approx $400-500 airline charges and taxes
  • Virgin Australia and codeshare partners

Fly solo to London for the first time or travel back in major style to visit your family back in Ol Blighty. You’ll have 222,000 Velocity Points left over. So if you can find an extra 56,000 VFF points you could do it all again — a second return trip from Sydney to London in Business Class. London is effortlessly cool, forever evolving and a passport stamp every Aussie wants to gain; it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why London is the epitome of timeless fun. Simply put – there is something for everyone in England’s grand capital. Glimpse the royals at Buckingham Palace, swing by cutting-edge galleries in Shoreditch, watch a Premier League game for real, indulge in a little afternoon tea or bask in the beauty of Hyde Park like a bonafide local.

5. Queenstown

Queenstown

  • Sydney (SYD) – (ZQN)
  • 2 adults | business | return
  • 426,000 Velocity Frequent Flyer Points
  • approx $240 airline charges and taxes per person per trip
  • Virgin Australia and codeshare partners

Nestled deep in Hobbit land and the principal gateway to New Zealand’s winter snow fields for skiing and snowboarding. Queenstown is a delightful destination just a 3 hour flight over the ditch from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. If you win 500,000 Velocity Frequent Flyer you and a friend could make the trip over there to hit the slopes not once but 3 times.

6. ABU Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

  • Melbourne (MEL) – Abu Dhabi (DUB)
  • 2 adults | economy | return
  • 255,200 Velocity Frequent Flyer Points
  • approx. $325 airline charges and taxes per person
  • Virgin Australia and codeshare partners

Gleaming glassy skyscrapers in the scorching desert sun and not far  Dubai is flash, fancy and entirely fashionable, it is also undeniably relaxing. If you manage to tear yourself away from the world’s largest mall, you’ll find a plethora of white sandy beaches await, souks steeped in history and restaurants boasting every cuisine under the sun. If you can’t find what you’re after in Dubai, odds are, you’ll probably never find it.

7. Bejing

Beijing

  • Sydney (SYD) – Beijing (PEK)
  • 2 adults 2 children | economy | return
  • 400,000 Velocity Frequent Flyer Points
  • approx $450 airline charges and taxes
  • Virgin Australia or codeshare partners

Pollution and crowds often act as a deterrent, but beyond the misconceptions of this Middle Kingdom lies a diamond with few flaws. Wander the maze of old alleyways known as hutongs, sample Beijing’s Peking Roast Duck (thank us later) and visit Mao’s Mausoleum on Tiananmen Square for a chance to view the embalmed historic leader himself. Finally, end your trip on a personal high with a custom-made outfit for as little as $100 in Muxiyuan’s Fabric Market.

8. New York

New York

  • Sydney (SYD) – New York (JFK)
  • 2 adults | economy | return
  • 300,000 Velocity Frequent Flyer Points
  • approx $500 airline charges and taxes
  • Virgin Australia and codeshare partners

Push the big apple to the side, it turns out you can have your cake and eat it with cronuts and bagels to boot; boy do New Yorkers know how to eat. The ever-changing bustling streets are easily navigated, but best done with a pair of comfortable shoes. Walk across the High Line (a linear park built on a disused railroad), brunch with celebrities in Spring Street’s Balthazar, pay homage at the somber 9/11 Memorial and stroll around the leafy suburbs of the West Village. Remember – no trip to NYC is complete without a trip to the famous Plaza Hotel. However, pretending you’re Kevin McAllister in Home Alone 2, is entirely optional.

9. Phuket

Thailand

  • Sydney (SYD) – Phuket (HKT)
  • 2 adults 2 children | economy | return
  • 222,400 Velocity Frequent Flyer Points
  • airline charges and taxes
  • Virgin Australia and codeshare partners

Few things scream tropical paradise louder than the coconuts, white sandy beaches and island-life attitude of Phuket. Home to sprawling hills, azure-blue seas and national parks; the culturally rich Thai destination offers nothing but relaxation. Take an unforgettable day trip to Phang Nga Bay, indulge in one (or 10) Thai massages and finally, ask the all important question: to the pool, or the sea?

10. Fiji

Fiji

  • Sydney (SYD) – Fiji (NAN)
  • 2 adults 2 children | economy | return
  • 427,200 Velocity Frequent Flyer Points (x3 times)
  • approx $1,000 airline charges and taxes each trip
  • Virgin Australia and codeshare partners

Take a family of mum, dad and the two school age kids to the palm-lined beaches of Fiji, this year, next year and the following year (that’s 3 times over). Book far enough ahead to score the Economy Reward Seats. Unreservedly hospitable in every respect, Fiji is a true jewel of the South Pacific. Rugged coral reefs with crystal clear lagoons adorn over 300 of the islands that form this oasis often dubbed as paradise. Spoil yourself with a trip to Natadola beach (one of the world’s top 10 beaches), experience heavenly singing at a local Fijian church or indulge in native dishes such as tender pork wrapped in banana leaves cooked in an underground lovo oven. Like we said, welcome to paradise.

BONUS. ROUND THE WORLD

Round the world

  • Sydney (SYD) – Abu Dhabi (AUH) – London (LHR) – New York (JFK) – Los Angeles (LAX) – Honolulu (HNL) – Sydney (SYD)
  • 2 adults | economy | round the world
  • 371,400 Velocity Frequent Flyer Points (x3 times)
  • approx $765.72 airline charges and taxes each trip
  • Virgin Australia and codeshare partners

Who wouldn’t love to travel around the world. The whole world! Imagine doing it all on points and still having plenty left over for another trip? Start in Sydney, fly with Virgin Australia to Abu Dhabi and then on to London with Etihad where you could stay for a while and book cheap cash tickets to destinations in Europe. Then over the pond to New York, onwards to L.A. with a stop in Hawaii before finishing back up in Sydney.

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