Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 17 Jun 2015
Total posts 40
Going from Bronze to Silver soon with VA and am looking to take the family to the USA with Business Reward seats. Once I'm silver will I see more available reward seats?
Member since 08 Aug 2016
Total posts 112
highly doubt silver will do anything as its not even really "higher status" also haven't seen any reports that even platinum helps in opening up J award seats like it does on QF
virgin have pretty good availability everywhere but to the USA.
your best chance would be booking about a week or less out from departure as they will release some of what isn't sold, however its very unlikely you'll ever find enough seats for the whole family in J both ways
Member since 28 Feb 2014
Total posts 55
Hi - I'm platinum with VA and it was just near impossible to book rewards points for AU-LAX.. I just returned from holiday last week with my partner. When I attempted to book the flight last August, no rewards seats were available (We deliberately attempted to do the flights mid week in both directions for to avoid busy weekend flights). In the end, I has to book 2 high end economy tickets, and while the SYD-LAX flight was upgraded in August, we were put on to wait list for the return sector. As soon as the MEL flights were announced, I rang velocity to see if we could change to the LAX-MEL flight for an upgrade, and told no seats were available.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum
Member since 07 Feb 2013
Total posts 431
Negative, not for a status that can be achieved by around 3 return economy flights to perth!
Member since 23 May 2012
Total posts 10
It has become incrementally harder and is now impossible to fly to/from LA in business for two people. Period. The program is broken. I am a Plat of 7 years standing, and have been flying or trying via Velocity for ten years. - Julius Grafton
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 14 Mar 2017
Total posts 149
TL;DRAvailability for reward seats doesn't seem to depend on tier, and there's none to the USA anyway. As a Silver, you will be upgraded after Plat, Gold as well, so probably no luck there either. You'd probably have better luck with a PE seat (which look okay) and bidding for an upgrade instead.
Member since 29 Aug 2013
Total posts 33
Member since 07 Dec 2015
Total posts 56
Never had any success securing an award J Class seat to the USA with VA - no matter how hard I have tried. I've given up now. Clearly Platinum provides no extra benefit in this regard!
Have however had success with points upgrades from PE to Business 24 hours from departure. I can't recall a time when J has not been chockers on BNE-LAX-BNE. Great product!
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