Etihad - Etihad Guest
Member since 02 Jul 2015
Total posts 17
I'm travelling to LAX in October and was booked on VA23 from Melbourne. The aircraft is now booked in for routine maintenance on my day of travel and I have been transferred to VA1 ex-SYD with an early morning connection from MEL. I'm VA Platinum and would like to know if I should expect to be given a fast-track or express pass for security and passport control at SYD international when I check in at MEL?
Member since 02 Nov 2012
Total posts 40
Yes, you should expect a express pass when you check in at MEl
Thanks. It's a real hassle having to connect through SYD as we are travelling with an infant and therefore anything to speed up the transfer will be a bonus.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 14 Mar 2017
Total posts 150
This happened to me in the other direction. Why VA can't work this out in advance I do not know... but yes, there's an express lane in Sydney. It's not the same entry. When you get off the transfer bus and make it out of the windy corridor into the main area, turn left and watch out for the Express Entry, it will come up before the main one. You'll need your Express lane pass provided at domestic check in. If you are heading for the lounge after immigration, instead of getting stuck in duty free hell, head down to the far end of the immigration area toward the Travel Refund signs, and follow the little corridor through to the main walkway to the area where VA departs from.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 21 Mar 2011
Total posts 428
Hopefully the time that you have is about 3 hours.
Thanks Andrew. The transit time will actually be a shade over two hours and was originally scheduled as 90 minutes by Virgin when they re-booked me. I wasn't satisfied that 90 mins was long enough and asked them to put me on the earlier flight which is the first available from MEL on a Saturday. We are in row 3 so will be among the first off the domestic aircraft and will just have to hope that the wait for the transfer bus isn't too long. We have an alternate option which to fly MEL-BNE and then connect to VA7. Thanks to the lack of daylight saving in QLD we could still depart MEL at 7am but would have 2hrs 40 minutes to connect at BNE. Has anyone got experience of this domestic to international transfer and is it generally quicker than SYD?
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