I’ve just received my Velocity Platinum Amex card and am starting to rack up my $1000 spend to get the 100,000 velocity points offer.
I intend to use the 100,000 points to purchase either a flight to, or from, Europe as I have to buy three long haul tickets next year (one to Europe in early June with a partner, one back to Aus by myself around August for a few weeks for a wedding and then back to Europe to meet up again with my partner).
I’m new to the points game and have been having a read of the helpful articles trying to get my points “IQ” up.
I was wondering if anyone could offer any advice on how to get the most value out of my points for redeeming those flights as either:
A) A single standard one way economy ticket (points only or points and pay)
B) A ticket class upgrade (for either one or two people, I will be travelling with my partner)
Some of the reading I’ve found suggests that buying economy tickets with points offers less value compared with redeeming for business tickets, however I don’t think I would have enough points - would I? Or would a points + pay option make this affordable? I am also unsure of how to apply for or research an upgrade using points.
I’ve also read that converting my points to Krisflyer may open up some good value deals through Singapore Air. Would this be advisable?
Obviously I will be limited by my 100,000 points from the offer and however many i can accumulate in between. However, generally: on the flight with my partner we will be in economy and I would look at options to upgrade us both; On the flights by myself I would be looking at either an economy or business ticket or upgrade - which ever makes the most sense.
Any advice is appreciated, I just want to make sure I make my points work as hard for me as I work to get them!