Will your groceries score you a free flight? flybuys and Velocity team up

By Kelly Emmerton ·

Frequent flyers will be able to take to the air quicker than ever, after flybuys and Velocity announced a new partnership between their rewards programs.

Members of the two rewards schemes can now link their memberships, enabling them to convert flybuys points into Velocity Frequent Flyer points at a rate of 2,000 flybuys points to 870 Velocity points.

“We’ve made the process very simple – link your memberships on our website and transfer points. If you’re not already a member, it’s free to join both flybuys and Velocity,” said General Manager of flybuys Adam Story.

This will make it easier for Aussie shoppers to stack up enough Velocity points to snag a free flight, since flybuys points can be earned at a large number of places, including Coles, Liquorland and 27 partner businesses.

“flybuys has more partners than any other Australian supermarket loyalty program,” said Story.

“That means we give flybuys members more opportunity to collect points faster, not just by shopping for groceries at Coles, but also by paying for everyday expenses such as fuel, clothing, homewares, energy bills, car, home and health insurance and gym memberships with one of our partners, and on all spending on a Coles or NAB flybuys credit card.”

But one of the major selling points for flybuys and Velocity users is the chance to earn Velocity Status Credits on their shopping. Status credits determine what tier a Velocity member is eligible for - Silver, Gold or Platinum - and could previously only be earned by buying flights.

Now, every $100 spent at Coles supermarkets, Liquorland, and First Choice Liquor will earn shoppers 1 status credit (capped at 10 credits per month), letting them move up the Velocity rewards ranks and enjoy benefits like lounge access, priority boarding and extra baggage.

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Shoppers should keep in mind that there are a limited number of seats allocated to Frequent Flyer programs on every flight - although Velocity members also have the option to grab free flights on 12 partner airlines, and so Velocity Frequent Flyer CEO Karl Schuster is confident members will be able to fly when they want.

“Velocity has unrivalled reward seat availability in our region, which is important because when flybuys members transfer their points into Velocity, they’ll be able to redeem those points for a flight when it suits them,” he said.

“This partnership with flybuys means that millions of Australians can get closer to their next holiday by transferring their points to Velocity.”

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