Member since 01 Sep 2015
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Hi everyone, i am comparing economy flight options from brisbane to san francisco. I have Air NZ via Auckland (2 or 3 hr layover each direction) or VA/Delta via LAX (3hr+ lay over). Fare similar. I have VA Gold and priority pass. Which route would everyone suggest?
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
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Member since 02 Sep 2018
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I would recommend virgin and delta if the price is the same. Since you already have status with virgin, you can enjoy lounge access when flying with them and Delta, in addition to other benefits such as priority boarding and free checked luggage. Not to mention the better economy config in virgin long haul fleet with much wider seats compared to air NZ.
Thanks a lot. Thought the same. Though i have prioritypass to get lounge. Havent experinced air nz and va international flights. Be good if anyone knows how they compare - seat/hardware/service.
Thanks! I thought kf-vff is at 1:1.35 both way? Not sure of the kf to vff discount.
Member since 24 Oct 2018
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Although it’s certainly not a fun experience, I think LAX isn’t as bad as some people make out I fly there return at least twice a year with minimal dramas. If your layover is 3 hours as you mentioned freshen up with a shower at the Delta Sky Club if you have VA Gold
Member since 09 Mar 2015
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I'd try to get premium economy for this, Virgin has a good premium economy on its Boeing 777s to LAX although you then have that LAX layover when SFO is barely an hour's flight away. Air New Zealand also has a stopover but that's in Auckland and then you are straight through to San Francisco!
Air New Zealand - Airpoints
Member since 31 Oct 2016
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This might be my kiwi bias, but I would absolutely go with the Air NZ option.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 20 Jan 2016
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From a seat point of view I prefer VA over Air NZ in Y, pitch and width are far superior on VA . Service is about the same. Air NZ has a much better entertainment. If you can afford the extra for Economy X in VA I find it a worthwhile improvement for the extra space. LAX is a lot better than it used to be, and transiting to DL is simple. With good lounge access, extra luggage from gold status along with gaining points. I would likely choose VA.
Member since 20 Mar 2012
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Virgin is all up a better experience to LA in every class imo- especially with VA Gold. The transfer to Delta in LA really isn't that bad anymore and you get looked after with status. There are some good deals in both Economy and Premium I've seen pop up in targeted advertising too.
Member since 15 Feb 2018
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Which timetable suits you best?
Member since 23 May 2013
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If flying economy I would definitely go VA over NZ. Have done both and the 3-3-3 on VA is so noticeable after flying 3-4-3 on NZ
((For Iltravel01)), KF & VFF now is at 1:1.55, ie need more of each to go for the other.
Member since 05 Feb 2018
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We have flown both VA and Air NZ business and we think VA wins hands down. Also loathe that extra leg via AUK, makes for a long trip. Also do VA premium economy and really excellent and, as some have said, lounge access in LAX is great with VA.
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