Velocity Plat using the First Class Lounge in Abu Dhabi

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asbindia

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 26 Aug 2013

Total posts 48

Hey Guys! 


So I am going to get my Velocity Plat status soon and will be flying with Etihad after getting it so I am extremely excited about using their First Class Lounge! In fact this will be the First time I will be in a First Lounge usually its Business. 


So I was wondering if anyone has visited the First Class lounge with their FF and with a J ticket as I have a few questions. 

1. Their website states that the Spa is for their guests travelling in F but can you pay for a Massage? 


2. Their wording on their website is a bit confusing in regards to their cigar club they state For cigar aficionados, we have the First Class Cigar Lounge, with nine best-in-class varieties of cigars paired with a large selection of single malt whiskies and Cognac. does that mean their Cigar Lounge is First Class or only open to First Class passengers and Plat FF are not welcome?


3. Do you have any suggestions for the lounge? Ie. Sometimes there are facilities/items not advertised but rather just done by word of mouth please share if there are any. 


4. I also wont have my card by then but in the past I have just logged onto my account at a SilverKris Lounge and they gave me access. Does you status come up on the EY Boarding Passes like it does with SQ? 


Thank you for your time and help! 

haz1003

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 11 Nov 2014

Total posts 7

You can't get into the Etihad First Class Lounge on Platinum Velocity.

asbindia

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 26 Aug 2013

Total posts 48

You can't get into the Etihad First Class Lounge on Platinum Velocity.

That's interesting as it says on the Velocity International Lounge Access website and on the Etihad website that Velocity Platinum get access to the Etihad First Class Lounge & Spa.

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,109

Haz1003: While that used to be the case, the Etihad first class lounge has been welcoming Velocity Platinum members since July 2016 and continues to do so.

haz1003

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 11 Nov 2014

Total posts 7

I stand corrected, last time I flew through Abu Dhabi was last year.

DrSK

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 08 Jul 2014

Total posts 33

asbindia -


I've just transited through AUH twice in the last week travelling in J on EY, and accessed the F lounge as a VA Platinum with no issues. Yes, your VA status appears clearly on your EY boarding pass, so I would not anticipate that you would need your membership card to gain access.


The lounge itself is superb - a quiet, refined, understated and elegant contrast to EK's bling-laden barn up the road. Service was extraordinarily warm and attentive, but the highlight for me was the food and beverage offering - true 'restaurant quality' cuisine (probably on a par with the QF F lounge), accompanied by exceptional wines/champagne and mixed drinks (75 spirits).


I was given the impression that I could have paid for a massage, but I just wanted a shower so didn't explore this further. The cigar lounge seemed open to all patrons regardless of class of travel.


Overall, an extremely relaxing way to spend time before a flight, as indeed was the EY premium lounge at MEL, which must rank as one of our best business-class lounges - a la carte dining, great drinks, quiet jazz in the background and an abundance of helpful staff.


Enjoy your trip.

asbindia

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 26 Aug 2013

Total posts 48

asbindia -


I've just transited through AUH twice in the last week travelling in J on EY, and accessed the F lounge as a VA Platinum with no issues. Yes, your VA status appears clearly on your EY boarding pass, so I would not anticipate that you would need your membership card to gain access.


The lounge itself is superb - a quiet, refined, understated and elegant contrast to EK's bling-laden barn up the road. Service was extraordinarily warm and attentive, but the highlight for me was the food and beverage offering - true 'restaurant quality' cuisine (probably on a par with the QF F lounge), accompanied by exceptional wines/champagne and mixed drinks (75 spirits).


I was given the impression that I could have paid for a massage, but I just wanted a shower so didn't explore this further. The cigar lounge seemed open to all patrons regardless of class of travel.


Overall, an extremely relaxing way to spend time before a flight, as indeed was the EY premium lounge at MEL, which must rank as one of our best business-class lounges - a la carte dining, great drinks, quiet jazz in the background and an abundance of helpful staff.


Enjoy your trip.


Hey DrSK

Thank you for that! Perfectly answered my questions! Hopefully Velocity can now upgrade me when I get to Abu Dhabi as my Flight out of Abu Dhabi is 3 days after I complete my flight that will get me Platinum! I will give them a call in the morning before I fly out and ask them to upgrade me! 

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