First time poster, and just heading down the points accumulation path, and getting educated. Go easy…!
We are a family of three (son is aged 10 now, will be 11 at time of travel) and we are planning an overseas trip for Sept 2018 to Italy & UK. My wife works for Virgin so we can travel to any port in Australia cheaply, even some overseas options eg Melbourne - Hong Kong.
Currently I am on 250K Velocity Points and my wife 110K. We have accumulated that by a mixture of Credit Cards (Amex & Virgin Money Flyer & High Flyer Visa) and travel - I travel a bit for work, although that is decreasing. We aim to keep increasing our points tally by hunting down offers - credit cards, points purchases, clever household spend etc.
We are celebrating a significant event so I want to fly business class. I have been reading about the Kris Flyer RTW Business Class ticket for 240,000 Kris Flyer Miles. We are flexible about our travel dates, direction of travel etc.
So my first thought is to accumulate as many points as I can between now and Sept next year and see if we can accumulate enough points to redeem the Kris Flyer RTW option. My aim is to get close to a million Velocity points to account for the redemption ratio of 1.35 Velocity = 1 Kris Flyer.
Am I on the right track?
My other concern/question is when to book? Am I leaving it too late if I run the accumulation gauntlet, get to my point requirement and try and book close to our intended departure date? I have been reading about how booking this RTW can be an ‘exercise.’
Also, because of my wife’s Virgin connection, are we better off flying out of a different port, even international eg Hong Kong, and start and stop there? Are there better or worse ports to fly from?
Finally, am I better of say booking economy seats through a Virgin Partner airline (through my wife) and using our points and Expert Flyer to find Business Class upgrades?
There is a bit there I know, but any help/tips would be sincerely appreciated.