Here's a handy shortcut to ensure that Virgin Australia's top-tier frequent flyers get priority treatment when travelling on Virgin America.
Although the two Virgins are partners – with codeshare flights, reciprocal frequent flyer rights and lounge access – AusBT contributor and regular US flyer Liam Rasmussen notes that Virgin America's system doesn't flag your Velocity Gold or Platinum status with Virgin Australia.
As a result, you'll miss out on the time-saving priority triple play of priority check-in, priority screening and priority boarding on Virgin America flights.
"But if you show your Velocity card to any Virgin America staff member at checkin they'll put a Priority sticker on your boarding pass" Liam says.
"The stickers are at the Virgin America's priority check-in desk at any US domestic airport and are good for security and boarding."
"Even though your boarding pass may say boarding group A or B, I was encouraged to board with the 'Virgin America Elevate Gold, Silver and partner airlines' group" Liam reports.
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