Looking to fly Brisbane to LAX (from Melbourne) as part of my annual trip to the US.

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Valerio

Velocity

Member since 23 Feb 2016

Total posts 12

Looking to fly Brisbane to LAX (from Melbourne) as part of my annual trip to the US. Work will spring for Premium Economy but am looking to upgrade to business with points. How is the availability on this leg? It will be a weekend flight in late April. Also can you use points to upgrade domestically on Delta... and is it worth it?

jaredw

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 13 Jan 2014

Total posts 57

I assume since you mention delta this is a question relating to VA?

To answer your last question first, no you can not use points to upgrade. Although paying for the upgrade is a cheap way to rack up status credits.

The upgrades book into the same fare bucket as the rewards. So look for reward bookings on the dates you want to fly, if one exists you simply call up the call center and they can process the upgrade then and there. 

SaltyJ

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 06 Dec 2012

Total posts 155

I may be wrong Jared. However, I think paying for the upgrade (as opposed to paying the fare difference to change the booking to a Business class one) is akin to using points for an upgrade i.e they are both upgrades and the original booking class is what the Status credits are earned from.

jaredw

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 13 Jan 2014

Total posts 57

I meant just paying the difference on delta. AFAIK they have no upgrade auction process as they tend to give out upgrades to their elites. 

Valerio

Velocity

Member since 23 Feb 2016

Total posts 12

Ended up getting work to pay for 'Delta comfort +' which is their (very average) premium economy - wasn't expensive ($300 across flights going LAX --> Seattle --> NYC --> LAX) and I get a very nice bump in status credits!

riley

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 19 Mar 2014

Total posts 358

I assume you're flying Virgin and have Velocity points? If so, you can upgrade from premium to business for 45k points each way, providing you are gold or platinum status. Good value in my opion, especially if the new suites are in action.

Not sure about the Delta question.

Tracie

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 30 Oct 2015

Total posts 79

Good luck on availability. Used to be very easy to get a points upgrade - can only find economy reward seats. Have been on the upgrade waiting list since October last year for a flight in Apil with the old configuration. 

Cannot find any points upgrade between now and January 2017 from PE. 

Southland

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 31 Jan 2012

Total posts 57

Do they still do the bidding for an upgrade?

Tracie

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 30 Oct 2015

Total posts 79

They still do bidding for an upgrade, but the Platinum & Gold waitlist upgrades get reviewed first, then bids. Used to be easy to obtain a points upgrade when booking in advance. 

Valerio

Velocity

Member since 23 Feb 2016

Total posts 12

Thanks to everyone for replying - very helpful to a newbie!

So, no luck so far - I am gold Velocity member (which is the minimum requirement to even be able to bid for a points upgrade) and surprise surprise, no seats available.

Am on a waitlist and there are business class seats on the flights but need to wait until 3 days before the flight before the system starts auto-checking every hour. Up until then it's up to me to call.

Weirdly the membership centre people said I can try and check myself by trying to redeem a whole flight on points but anytime I try that it offers me a business class (one way) fare Brisbane to LAX for 750,000 points! I will call - pretty sure I'm not finding the right way to look online...
Will let you know how I go!

 

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