Travelling on Rex soon from Sydney.

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JA

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 07 Jul 2013

Total posts 64

Travelling on Rex soon from Sydney. I am Etihad Guest Gold. Do you think I will be let into the VA lounge at all - is there any hope at all? It seems they have some kind of codeshare from searching on the web - does it extend to VA Lounges? Thanks a heap.

Opto80

VA

Member since 25 Aug 2014

Total posts 28

Possibly but unlikely. I travel Rex frequently (unfortunately) and i am VA Gold. I am allowed in the Sydney Virgin lounge very very occasionally if I am travelling Rex. 

Phil Young

Qantas

Member since 22 Oct 2012

Total posts 193

Don't count on it.  Rex is an independent airline with no alliances, as far as I know.

Keep in mind that their Saab prop planes are very noisy.  Noise-cancelling headphones are essential, or at least earplugs.

Opto80

VA

Member since 25 Aug 2014

Total posts 28

Yescan attest to the ultra loud noise of the props of the Saab 340. Headphones absolute must, but lovely Rex are very strict on their electronic devices switched off for take off and landing still. So sometimes you can only use electronic things for approx 1/3 of the flight time. 

jackthomas

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards Gold

Member since 04 Jul 2014

Total posts 88

Its a sneaky trick, but the self admission kiosks ( aka where you scan your card) don't check whether you have a VA flight that day, they just confirm your Velocity number and status...

A friend of mine who works in the lounge told this so I've done it now a few times when picking up friends etc. 

Avoid eye contact just a squick smile with the front reception staff and you should be fine haha.

jackthomas

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards Gold

Member since 04 Jul 2014

Total posts 88

Hold... Ignore this sorry, Just noticed you are Etihad Guest not Velocity Gold ( early morning skim reading....) 

I don't think you'll be able to gain access then but perhaps worth asking, if its quiet stranger things have happened. Rex do have a lounge in sydney but not sure of the entrance requirements...

JA

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 07 Jul 2013

Total posts 64

Thanks everyone! Looks unlikely then. Cheers.

johnaboxall

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 24 Aug 2011

Total posts 384

You could pony up $33 for a one-off entry to the Rex lounge. 

Opto80

VA

Member since 25 Aug 2014

Total posts 28

Speaking as an ex Rex lounge member/Rex Flyer,  Don't waste your money on Rex lounge entry. Toast is as good as it gets and some chocolates in a bowl and cheese and crackers. 

Hi Guest, join in the discussion on Travelling on Rex soon from Sydney.

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