Member since 09 Jan 2018
Total posts 4
Hi Fellow Travellers,
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 08 Feb 2016
Total posts 83
You can access the lounge without a VA ticketed flight, flying Etihad. You can use the lounge in both Melbourne and AUH.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 28 Feb 2017
Total posts 10
Yes you can access the lounges with a etihad ticketed Flight
Etihad - Etihad Guest
Member since 02 Jul 2015
Total posts 17
Note that as Gold you will only have access to the Al-Reem lounge. I've popped in a couple of times and it's always seemed busy and certainly not as relaxing as the full-fat Etihad lounges.
Member since 28 Apr 2014
Total posts 1
Correct indeed that you can only access the Al-Reem lounge in Terminal 3. Most flights (or all?) to Australia depart from Terminal 1, though, so make sure you account for the 10-15 minute walk towards the gate.Also, the way the Velocity FF partner system works they cannot give you access to the lounge when you are in your last month of Gold status (like it happened to me), when you have passed the 'review date' but not the 'expiry date' and have not re-qualified. Even in Perth I was denied access to the Etihad-contracted Qantas lounge because in that last one month before expiry (and after the review date) the partner system shows you as Silver. Showing your actual card with the actual expiry date did not matter "because the computer said NO".. Same happened to me in AUH, until I showed them my Virgin Australia app on the iPhone with a valid Gold status.I've let the Velocity team know about this descrepancy when passing the review date with their partner systems, so hopefully it will get resolved.
Member since 16 Dec 2015
Total posts 6
Velocity Platinum members have access to the Etihad First Class lounge (which can be a bit hard to find - it's before you get to the shopping arcade when you come out of security). I was offered a complimentary neck and shoulder massage, and the full dining room experience.
Regarding post above about lack of access to lounge in last month. My review date is 10 April (card valid till 10 May). I had no problem accessing EH first class lounge on 9 April last year. Maybe they differentiate between Platinum and Gold??
Member since 15 Jan 2018
I travelled with Etihad on the way back to Aus from UK over Christmas. Travelling with 2 kids, I upgraded my Fiancee's Velocity Membership upgraded to Gold using my excess Status Credits, so that we could access VA Partner Airline Lounges.
That's weird. I was told at the Al-Rheem lounge I could go in there, but it was suggested I might prefer the Premium Lounge. Because I didn't have a very long wait, I decided to stay put (but did go to the Premium lounge on the way home). Maybe they've changed their policy since last March.At least common sense prevailed in the end.
Member since 13 Sep 2017
Velocity Gold - We also got knocked back for Virgin Altantic in Hong Kong and London - albeit being Econ and could not be bothered taking it up with Virgin. However, Delta lounge at JFK and whoever Virgin use at LAX - (usual moving feast) - always works.
And does anyone have any preference over flying to Europe with Singapore Airlines or Etihad, taking into account the lounges etc.?
Member since 30 Jan 2018
Total posts 3
I had an issue as Velocity Gold member flying LAX to SYD on a flight booked through Virgin Australia but operated by Delta. Went to the Delta lounge and they wouldn't let me in because the flight was ticketed by Virgin, told me to use the Virgin lounge, which was Etihad. Went to Etihad and they said no because I wasn't flying Virgin, I was flying Delta.
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