Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 12 Nov 2017
Total posts 42
Member since 16 Jul 2018
Total posts 27
I haven't done this particular route but chances of an upgrade on an Aus to LAX leg flying VA I would think are pretty slim. They count on selling as many of these as possible and getting a reward seat for the trip is nigh on impossible. I think points is your best bet but definitely call the Velocity helpline (you may have done already though). I find that the Velocity helpline treat Gold and Platinum members like royalty over the phone.
Member since 05 May 2016
Total posts 299
I don't know about VA, but I know with QF some SYD based flyers will deliberately fly via e.g. MEL as the chances of upgrades are generally higher via MEL on QF (same aeroplane model used but a little less demand for Business seats). An extra flight can be annoying but if it increases your upgrade chances for the main flight you may find that it's worth it in future.
Member since 20 Jan 2016
Total posts 47
From experience If you want the upgrade the cash bid will very likely be successful. Certainly from PE anyway. Not sure its great value unless you got a deal on the PE seat to start with. Even the minimum bid puts you very close to having just bought the seat outright when added to a PE seat price. But its a decent option.
Member since 11 Jul 2017
Total posts 22
I've tried for a points upgrade 5 times and received the upgrade 3 times on SYD-LAX or vice versa, so a decent strike rate. However, I will note that the two failures were the 2 most recent times I tried, so that may be an indicator
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