Virgin Australia: priority boarding with one guest

11 replies

koji

Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club

Member since 11 Jun 2018

Total posts 59

I am va gold tier and will be travelling with a guest in economy on va. It is interesting to find va allows guest access to the lounge but not to the priority boarding. I used to travel solo and have no experience of this. Does anyone have any advice? Thanks in advance.

Mjkcan

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 14 Jun 2017

Total posts 50

They won’t turn your travelling companion away - just board together in the priority lane.

jch

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 15 Nov 2017

Total posts 143

Had the same experience travelling with a colleague. Boarding together was fine.

Rod H

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 06 Mar 2015

Total posts 167

Business Class ticket holders and High end Velocity Members have the earned privilege of using the Priority Lane. Why would anyone expect someone who has neither qualifications to use the lane.

We pay quite a lot for this and I feel it would be unfair to allow someone use this privilege without being entitled to. I have also seen Platinum and Gold passengers flying Economy whinge about Business Class passengers being asked to board first.
Surely paying so much for a seat should give first priority to these pax.
“ You pays for what you get” as the saying goes so if you want Priority Boarding then earn it , not expect it for free.

ap_spd

Member since 12 Jul 2013

Total posts 27

As long as you are on same PNR, I believe it is only right to board together. Wife does 1/2 travel a year, I do 2 a week. When we travel together I get her to board with me or it may get very uncomfortable :P

GB18

Member since 24 Oct 2018

Total posts 16

My partner and I check in and board together using priority we are usually booked on the same reservation but not always and it’s never been an issue.

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,092

Staff are trained at VA to allow travelling companions to board with those who are entitled to priority boarding, when boarding together.

koji

Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club

Member since 11 Jun 2018

Total posts 59

Thx all. My little worry goes away. Hope VA could list this perk online. I actually once got an email reply saying the companion guest is not able to access priority boarding lane. I guess he/she just read the website as I did.

xtfer

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 14 Mar 2017

Total posts 146

Thx all. My little worry goes away. Hope VA could list this perk online. I actually once got an email reply saying the companion guest is not able to access priority boarding lane. I guess he/she just read the website as I did.

Technically, that's correct. Your companion cannot access that lane on their own, even on the same booking. They can only do so when boarding with you.

shellbell

Member since 01 Dec 2018

Total posts 1

I have been gold for some time now and my husband is only red. We fly with Virgin every 6-8 weeks and he has never been asked to leave the priority boarding. In fact, they have always been very welcoming.

Pointsman

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 18 Jan 2017

Total posts 8

No one has thought to mention 'pooling', as long as it is your pooling partner, no problem! I've never been questioned in years.

But nowadays they give gold away like there's no tomorrow. Personally I am not bothered when I board because we are all going to the same place at the same time. Just in Business people like to get on early for their chambers!

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,092

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