Member since 24 Jun 2016
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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 19 Jan 2018
Total posts 64
I appreciate you are no doubt trying to earn points or status, but you may wish to consider using the Air Canada service direct to YVR and connecting from there. This has two key advantages over what you propose, being:
I should, however, say that I was most unimpressed with the last time I used AC many years ago. They are, however, now flying the 789 to YVR direct out of BNE and SYD. A colleague of mine used them recently in J and was satisfied, although not blown away, with the quality of the hard product/service.
Member since 21 Nov 2013
Total posts 1
I do this route semi regularly and am in the same boat as you - Velocity Gold and enjoy the lounge benefits along the way. I've done most of the different combinations of cities and airlines over the years and would have the following thoughts:
Thanks Covvers and justcallmeryan for these very useful replies.
Member since 27 Feb 2015
Total posts 27
You can still fly AC and get VA points and SC....
either status match or get a free SINGAPORE AIRLINES SILVERKRIS membership.
Fly AC and get the points and credits sent to SQ (as they are Star A friends).
then transfer those points and SC to velocity (possible to do,VA<-->SQ program has been running for about 3 years)
And i would recommend AC, flew with them last month. Nice seats (if not a little hard), decent service and necessary food. (not fantastic but better than many other US options), YVR airport is a godsend.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 27 Jan 2017
Total posts 37
Have flown AC a handful of times, not within the last 18 months in both business and economy domestically but only within Canada. I've never had so many lost bags and delayed flights (excluding delays due to weather in winter because I can't blame the airline for that) in a short space of time. I will add that I did enjoy the lounges and business class particularly the service and meals.
Member since 19 Aug 2011
Total posts 10
While this allows you to transfer points, SCs are not part of the deal. In any case, I suspect the transfer from AC->SQ->VA on an economy fare would mean that you would earn a fraction of the points of DL->VA.
Member since 20 Nov 2017
Total posts 35
Why do Canadian airports have non-intuitive codes?
Member since 30 May 2016
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Member since 07 Dec 2015
Total posts 56
You can't beat VA across the Pacific IMO. If the SC are important then I would definitely do VA to LAX, DL to DTW and DL to YYZ if the connections all work OK. DTW has to be one of the best airports to connect through in the USA (and my recent connection through their 2 weeks ago enroute to ORD was in the middle of some serious snow storms and they didn't miss a beat). It's a big long airport but good signage and an internal Â tram that will take you from one end to the other quickly and easily. Avoid the DL SkyClub at the south end of the terminal - terrible! The one in the middle of the terminal is better.
Member since 28 Feb 2018
I've flown this route perhaps 20 times. I think you're asking the wrong question. For the first 8 or 9 times I transited through LAX. Then I discovered the Air Canada through flight (same flight but refueling stop in Vancouver). I've done that almost a dozen times, half in business and half in economy. The question you should be asking is how many frequent flyer points would you pay to avoid standing in the immigration line in LAX, picking up your bags, redepositing them, and hitting a second immigration line in YYZ, not to mention spending time in an LAX terminal. The answer, almost certainly, would be two or three times the number of points you'd collect. The flight through Vancouver is truly seamless. Immigration is friendly, polite and fast (the contrast with LAX is night and day) and you only do it once. If you're in business, the lounge is nice. If you're not, the airport is very easy to spend time in. At the Toronto end, you'll enjoy a coffee and bagel or doughnut at Tim Horton's more than the lounge anyway. Join Air Canada's plan and you'll have a Star Alliance connection for the future. If you're in economy, pay a little extra for the emergency seat and you'll have a nice sleep across the Pacific, with nice meals. Because you're an international traveller, you'll get better service on the domestic sector as well (free meals, for example).
Member since 20 Feb 2016
Total posts 12
Hi, I'd skip LAX if u can and fly with AC thru YVR. No need to pick up your luggage anymore at YVR if youre on the one ticket all the way thru with AC. I couldn't believe it when the agent told me as I checked in, so I asked the flight attendants twice then someone again as I was lining up. Low and behold there it was at my destination. Not sure how or why but it's a breeze. U should receive a meal on your domestic trip coming from an Intl flight. Join Aeroplan and start banking those points.
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