Whilst this article will only directly impact a small number of readers, I thought it was worth running because it is an interesting new development in the frequent flyer sector.
If you have any miles in the Singapore Airlines Krisflyer or Virgin Australia Velocity schemes, you can now transfer them between the two.
It works just like ‘Combine My Avios’, except in this case you are dealing with miles from two totally different programmes.
The conversion rate is 1.35 Krisflyer miles to 1 Velocity mile.
These are not one-way or one-off conversions. You can move your miles back and forth, for free, as often as you want. The only limitation is that you must move at least 5,000 miles.
One obvious reason to do this is if you have some ‘orphan’ Krisflyer or Velocity miles which you want to merge with a larger pile in the other programme.
A smarter reason is to take advantage of the different reward options each scheme offers. As a member of Star Alliance, Krisflyer can access reward availability on all 27 Star airlines.
Virgin Velocity has its own partner airlines. These are Etihad, Delta, Virgin America, Virgin Samoa, Air New Zealand (also Star), airberlin and Hawaiian Airlines – plus Singapore and its sister SilkAir.
For a UK resident, the most likely thing to do would be to move Krisflyer miles into Velocity in order to redeem on Etihad, Delta, airberlin or Hawaiian.