I’m planning some travel with a mate and we’d like to go to Ukraine and Russia for a holiday in May/June. Let’s say flight into Kiev and flight out of St Petersburg (or the other way around).
I would also like to go to Thailand (Bangkok) for 5 days on the way back (just me, not my friend).
I have 450,000 Velocity points and 160,000 Bank of Melbourne points.
I was thinking the best use of the points is to buy Economy flights and use the points to upgrade us both to either Business (or failing that Premium Economy) - a gift for my mate.
I’ve never done this before.
Can someone please help me understand a few things? For example:
- Which airlines I should be looking at to make this trip?
- I know Eithad has a partnership with Virgin, so should I try both of them?
- I’m thinking I should I book two one-way trips? (given my mate doesn’t want to fly to Thailand, and I can just upgrade him on the way there).
- What is the general process? Should I ring the airlines to confirm I can upgrade the flight and book/buy them over the phone?