Member since 01 Jan 2014
Total posts 25
In early November, on a Saturday, we arrive into SYD on a China Airlines flight at 1215 and are holding a separate ticket for Virgin to HBA at 1405.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 11 Dec 2016
Total posts 65
Really pushing it. If the flight is delayed or just half hour late arriving you could easily miss the connecting flight.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 21 Mar 2011
Total posts 428
You can't check through bags direct from an int to a dom flight coming into Aust, you do need to claim the bags off the carousel at T1 SYD and then present them for inspection if asked, if you go through the green or red lane, they might ask to see the contents of the bags, even if no food or iffy items.
Member since 10 Jul 2018
Total posts 105
After you've cleared customs in Sydney and entered the arrival hall, immediately head left to 'Virgin Australia Domestic transfers'
Member since 24 Dec 2013
Total posts 107
If you had no checked baggage then I would say doable. If you do have checked baggage then the answer will depend on actual flight arrival time, waiting time at smartgate/baggage carousel/customs and if you get selected for a bag check. It sounds like you already have the tickets so perhaps just hope for the best.
Member since 19 Apr 2012
Total posts 525
Under two hours is tight. QF book it for me all the time but often I have to move to a later flight. Try for a three hour gap.
Member since 03 Mar 2014
Total posts 17
I make international-to-domestic connections to Hobart with Qantas at Sydney multiple times a year. Without bags I normally make it from the aircraft door to the domestic business lounge in just under 30 minutes, though later in the day the buses only run every 20 minutes so can get unlucky (no idea about Virgin). If you had a same ticket connection then I'd say 1h50m was a very sensible amount of time. As it is, I suspect you will most likely make your connection with time to spare, but you are gambling the price of your Virgin ticket that the inbound flight does not get seriously delayed.
Member since 24 Aug 2018
If you want an insurance policy on missing the connection, sign up for Jetstar’s promo email. With a bit of luck they’ll do a Friday destination sale and you’ll be able to pick up a $49 fare (excluding luggage) for later in the day
With VA in SYD, its a pain in the bum!
Am fascinated by the acronym OP. I know this forum loves them but... old passenger; odd passenger... etc. better if we’re not able to let our imagination run so wild.
Member since 06 Aug 2017
Total posts 110
I really am very thankful for all of the feedback and helpful
Although our Virgin Australia flight is ticketed separately,
we are inclined to roll the dice and stick with this connection. We are on business
class award tickets with VA and are also both gold members, so are hoping that
these aspects will provide us with the opportunity to move quickly in transit
if needed. We are also banking on both terminals being a little quieter, with
it being middle of the day on a Saturday. Our only other option with VA is to
fly via MEL and arrive into HBA about 5 hours later than our current schedule,
so roll the dice we will!
Thank you again everyone.
Member since 14 Mar 2017
Total posts 149
You'll be fine.I do this all the time (connections in less than 2 hours to VA domestic) and have never missed one.Don't declare anything on arrival (i.e. don't bring anything declarable), and since you are VA Gold I assume you can use the automatic gates. As you note, on a Saturday it will be relatively quiet.
Member since 27 Jun 2019
Total posts 2
I have a similar situation coming up, and am struggling to find any good recent info - this is the first thing that's popped up.
Incase anyone comes across this - We missed our flight. It was fine.
Upon checking, the minimum connecting time is 45 minutes. I can guarantee you that you have enough time for the connecting flight.
If you miss the connecting flight. The flight will be a no show.
I apologise but we are unable to do that. Since you have enough time to make it to your connecting flight.
One moment please. Let me double check.
You have 45 mins and that is the minimum connecting time. I can assure you that is enough time to reach your connecting flight.
What I can do is to change the time for Syd to Mel flight. Please be advise that fees will apply and it's not sure if there's an available classic flight reward available.
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