To earn triple Velocity Points please activate here between 16 – 25 November 2015, and you will earn triple Velocity Points when you travel between 1 December 2015 to 30 September 2016 on eligible fares.

* Selected flights are on sale from 16 November until 25 November 2015 midnight AEST (‘Promotion Period’) unless sold out prior. All fares are subject to availability and may vary until ticketed. To be eligible for the triple Velocity Points promotion you must successfully activate your Velocity membership number online at between 12.01am AEST 16 November 2015 and 11.59pm AEST 25 November 2015 inclusive (‘Promotion Period’). During the Promotion Period you must also book an eligible flight and enter your Velocity membership number, ensuring it matches the number you have activated online. Eligible flights are flights that are both marketed and operated by Virgin Australia for travel between 1 December 2015 and 30 September 2016 inclusive, on which Velocity Points can be earned and booked in a fare class that normally accrues Velocity Points. Codeshare services marketed or operated by partner airlines are not eligible for this offer. The triple Velocity Points offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. To find out more visit . Two bonus Velocity Points will be earned in addition to each base Velocity Point ordinarily earned and will be applied to base Velocity Points only. Any applicable tier bonus earned will not attract bonus Velocity Points as a result of this offer. Velocity Points will be applied to the originally purchased fare class and any upgrades will not attract bonus Velocity Points as a result of this offer. Velocity Points cannot be earned on Velocity Reward Seat bookings. Your customer’s Velocity Frequent Flyer number must be recorded at the time of activation. Each passenger must activate separately to be eligible for the offer. You should allow up to 4 weeks after the travel period for the bonus Velocity Points to be allocated. Normal Velocity rules apply to retrospective claims which must be raised within 6 months from date of flight. For successful retrospective claims please allow 4 weeks from the time the flight appears in your customer’s membership account for the bonus Velocity Points to be allocated.

Home to the Big Apple, the White House, the Grand Canyon and more

Take a trip to the Grand Canyon, check out the presidential profiles at Mount Rushmore, indulge your inner child at Disneyland, or witness the intensity of the majestic Niagara Falls. Time your United States holiday just right and you can be partying at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, taking in the vibe of the Coachella Musical Festival or watching the leaves change colour during fall in New England.

While the East coast and the West coast of America jostle for pole position, you don't have to choose a winner. Criss-cross America to take in the frontier landscape of the Mid-West and Great Plains. Travel down the west from Seattle through so-hip-right-now Portland and San Francisco to the Southwest cities of Las Vegas and Santa Fe. On the Atlantic side, salsa from Miami through the Deep South to Washington D.C. and then up to New York and Boston.

When is the best time to travel to the States?

The U.S. is a large country with a varied climate. Depending on the activities that you are looking to take part in, the country is enjoyable anytime of year. Generally speaking the ‘low season’ is considered to be the northern hemisphere winter (November to February). Depending on where you are travelling to it may be snowing so the demand for seats could be lower. If you’re travelling for winter sports or skiing, this may actually be the busy season for such destinations as Denver, Aspen, Vail and the many other winter holiday destinations. Winter can also be a great time to travel to the sunny destinations of Florida, Texas and the southwest where warm days and cool nights can be enjoyed.

US Holidays

The U.S.A. celebrates many different holidays. They offer a glimpse into the culture and can be some of the best times of the year to travel! Americans know how to decorate and they enjoy getting into the celebratory spirit.

Thanksgiving - (fourth Thursday of November each year) is the busiest time of travel. Even more so than Christmas as Americans have a four day holiday. It’s also a huge shopping experience with sales from every retailer over Black Friday (equivalent to the Boxing Day sales in Australia).

Christmas - While not a long work holiday period for American’s, this can be a super time to experience American hospitality. Streets are decorated and the festive spirit abounds. There is nothing as spectacular as enjoying a white Christmas in great cities like New York or Chicago.

Halloween - (31 October) Halloween is a country wide celebration. Although not a public holiday it’s one of the most spectacular times of the year to visit as autumn (locally known as ‘Fall’) leaves begin to fall. The trees are turning brown and every street corner is decorated with ghoulish scenes. Look out for the trick-or-treaters though; you are better off giving a treat then receiving a trick.

CONSULTANT TIP: Where possible try to avoid school holidays and major holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving to help secure a lower airfare. The summer school holidays in the U.S. are June, July and August and considered peak times of travel.

Have you considered a cruise?

There is nothing more relaxing then sailing the high seas. Unpack just once and enjoy the rest of your cruise in all its relaxing splendour. Best of all, your entertainment and food comes in the one ticket price. Cruises are a great way to see multiple destinations and visit exotic ports along the way, making it a convenient, cost effective way to see the world.

Several cruise lines sail between Australia and the U.S.A. via ports in such beautiful places like New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Tahiti and more.

For the ultimate in Trans-Pacific luxury, talk to us about a cruise on Cunard’s famous Queen Mary 2 or Queen Victoria from Los Angeles to Sydney. Why not fly one way and cruise home? You may be surprised at just how affordable this can be. Come in and ask your Flight Centre Travel Expert for a quote today.

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