Redeem Velocity Points for Tiger flights

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Use Velocity Points for Tigerair flights

Velocity members can now redeem Velocity Points for Tigerair Australia flights. Tigerair also allows you to purchase bundles and add-on services with Tigerair with Points.

To use Velocity Points as a form of payment, simply search for flights on the Tigerair Australia website, log in to your Velocity account on the payment page, and select the number of Points you would like to redeem for your booking. Please note that a minimum of 3,100 Velocity Points is required to redeem for your flight.

Tigerair redemptions seem work a differently from Velocity’s Reward Seats (where limited seats are available as rewards). Tigerair seat redemptions simply use Velocity as a payment method at a Guide Redemption Rate around 0.6c/Point. This is about the same as redeeming gift cards at the Velocity Store – pretty poor value.

Flight Booking Pay for your Tigerair flight with Velocity points
Add-on purchase Purchase a service add-on or bundle with Velocity points

Searching for Tigerair flights

To use Velocity Points for Tigerair flight booking, search for your flights on the Tigerair and continue through the extras, seat-selection and passenger details checkout process until you get to the payment screen. At this stage, log in to your Velocity account, where you’ll then see the number of points required and your Velocity points balance. Points + Pay is available, however a minimum of 3,100 Velocity Points is required to redeem any flight.

Unfortunately, because of this process, it’s a little hard to compare available seats and the points required at-a-glance. We’ve provided some examples below.

Taxes and fees are generally wrapped up in the full, quoted Points amount (unlike Virgin redemptions, where you pay extra in cash).

Tigerair redemption value

Generally speaking, Virgin Reward Seat redemptions offer much more value than Tigerair redemptions. We’ve provided some examples below.

For example, on short notice (a day out from departure), we checked a Sydney to Melbourne one-way Tiger Seat (the top fare + checked baggage) against a Velocity Reward Seat. The Tiger redemption cost us 32,154 Points at a cash fare of $209 (Guide Redemption Value of 0.6c/Point) vs Virgin’s 7,800 + $24 in taxes at the same cash fare (a much higher Guide Redemption Value of 2.3c/Point).

With longer notice (6 months from departure), the Tiger redemption cost 12,154 Points at a cash fare of $79 (Guide Redemption Value of 0.6c/Point) vs Virgin’s 7,800 + $24 in taxes at an $89 cash fare (a Guide Redemption Value of 0.8c/Point).

These findings ring true for Tigerair’s other Domestic flights.

Domestic Tigerair seat examples

Flight Economy Tiger (Points) Economy Virgin (Points + Taxes) Availability
Syd – Melb (1 day from dep) 32,154 ($209 fare) 7,800 + $24 ($209 fare) Good
Syd – Melb (6 mths from dep) 12,154 ($79 fare) 7,800 + $24 ($89 fare) Good

 

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