I do 4x returns trips from Perth - Sydney - Dallas per year.

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521303

Member since 03 Jan 2012

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I do 4x returns trips from Perth - Sydney - Dallas per year. I've always flown QF in business class and use points to upgrade to First going out. I like the A380, but the Aus domestic flights let QF down. I'm considering giving Virgin a try. Anyone have experience of the comparison Perth - Sydney - LAX in business with VA. I have no status with Virgin.

On The Fly

Member since 30 Oct 2015

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I'm usually with QF/Oneworld, but the VA Business product for Perth-Sydney is miles ahead of QF on both service and hard product. The new QF Business Suites in selected A332 are ok, but you have to put up with the QF service and on most flights you'll be stuck with the hideous Premium Economy seats they market as Business.

riley

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 19 Mar 2014

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Interesting feedback from someone who is openly QF/OW leaning and has sampled both. Very valuable!

11sjw

Member since 11 Mar 2012

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Won't the Sydney-Dallas part through VA and partners mean a stop at the dreaded LAX?

11sjw

Member since 11 Mar 2012

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Should say in the above I'm assuming you have to go through Sydney.  

Could you not go PER-SIN and into the USA that way via VA Singapore air partnership?

riley

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 19 Mar 2014

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That'd mean old SQ stock from Perth to Changi and a stop through Frankfurt. 

TomGoddardd

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 15 Dec 2014

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LAX is horrible, avoid at all costs

undertheradar Banned

Member since 28 Oct 2011

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ON THE FLY ...you clearly dislike the product/service QF offers..and we are all responsible for the choices we make in life..yet you state you have to 'put up with' the QF service (even with the ok new seats)...here's an idea....just change all your flying to VA...oh..i forgot...this is social media where people whinge about the choices they make in life lol

i apologize for not addressing the OP...but people who post 'boohoo' comments grind my gears lol

Queue the 'dislikes' to my post ;)

riley

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 19 Mar 2014

Total posts 358

I read his post differently. 

"on most flights you'll be stuck with the hideous Premium Economy seats they market as Business"

That reads to me that someone who choses QF over VA on coast to coast will most likely get the old business until their fleet is refurbished. The overall tone of his post suggested he's otherwise OW/QF but has switched to VA for coast to coast flights. Fair input in my opinion.

apacau

Member since 02 Jun 2013

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A couple of points here - firstly LAX was awful, but is no longer the case. The new TBIT terminal and the Star Alliance lounge that VA uses is pretty flash - if you're VA Platinum (you would get there pretty quickly with 4x trips annually) you get to use the First Class Lounge.

Also, I believe VA services from LAX-Dallas are operated by Virgin America, which is as good as it gets for a US domestic airline.

So in short, there is an extra stop involved, but the product is excellent.

The other option is, as others have pointed out, going via SIN on SQ, or given you're in PER even one of the middle eastern carriers (EY via AUH if you want VA credits & points).

apacau

Member since 02 Jun 2013

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Also, from sometime next year, the VA 777s operating to LAX will have the new J product, which from all reports should be the best J across the Pacific.

dimi

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 13 Jul 2012

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Does Cathay fly from PER to HKG?

AA offers non-stop flights from HKG to DFW, so your won't have to make two connections on your way to DFW.

AA business class is perfectly OK on the new planes.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

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I don't buy the premise that QF domestic sector is bad. 521303, can you please substantiate? In my personal opinion the QF domestic service is excellent, compared to the domestic/regional services of airlines in Europe or the US. 

aviation

Member since 18 Mar 2014

Total posts 39

Another option to get to Dallas is the new NZ service to Houston. You'd go PER-AKL-IAH-DFW, thereby avoiding LAX and arguably the AKL transit (subject to good connecting flights) is a much nicer experience than in SYD.

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