Member since 05 Jul 2017
Total posts 13
Can anyone decipher virgin lounge access. E.g. for Delta the relevant virgin page says "Based on your eligibility status and operating airline, pre-departure lounge is available to you from the following international airports." However, what is this operating airline condition? E.g. when you're flying on Delta plane with Delta flight number domestically within the USA can you get into the lounge if you're velocity gold?
if it's useful for anyone else swapping from QF to VA - after a night spent reading tedious frequent flyer details on Delta, Virgin, Alaska, AirNZ, Singapore and here's where I landed: I'll use the VA ff program and Accelerate corporate program as:
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,110
Just a note on Delta: Skymiles Gold Medallion, Platinum Medallion, Diamond Medallion and Delta 360 members can visit Virgin Australia domestic lounges prior to an onward Virgin Australia flight, even if their travel the same day is only domestic. The same obviously doesn't apply in the USA unless at the Diamond tier or holding Sky Club membership.
Ah, thank you Chris, I missed that Delta can use VA lounges all the time quirk. Which moves it a little bit in favour of accruing delta sky miles but, overall, it really looks like virgin's velocity is still a better choice. Air NZ and Sing routes out of Adelaide plus domestic delta lounge access sooner by accruing virgin points and with VA's accelerate program win the day.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 11 Jul 2017
Total posts 22
I live in New York but I am an VA Gold member hence I try to fly Delta domestically across the US. Access to the Delta Sky Club is not a problem, you do not need to be flying internationally to access the lounge. I get access prior to any Delta flight by showing my velocity card
Member since 14 Mar 2017
Total posts 148
As JohnGB notes, Velocity access to Delta lounges is better than what Delta members get. The SkyPriority people probably won't know this, but the lounge staff do. The NY lounge is quite good too.
Member since 30 Oct 2015
Total posts 81
I returned from the USA just over a week ago. Received an email a few days before saying the LAX lounges had changed, but the lounge was open 4 hours before flights depart. I was on VA24, being Platinum this meant the Emirates Lounge access. I rock up at the check in desk at 5pm, only to be told the lounge only opened at 6:30pm. I may be blonde, but that isn't 4 hours before my flight. I thought I'd go and see anyway. Turns out, the Etihad lounge as open and a Virgin staff member allowed myself and a number of other "early" guests in.
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