• I've flown domestically in the US for 11 years now. It is generally a terrible experience, and makes AU domestic travel look incredible. Out of all the airlines I've flown (VA, Delta, United, AA, Alaskan, and Spirit), VA had consistently been the standout. Rarely delayed, and great service on th...

  • People seem to overlook the fact that paying with a CC so often incurs fees these days - a percentage based on total spend. So for accruing miles/points, it's not really worthwhile. I've done the math before and found that if I put aside the money saved on CC surcharges, I'd actually be able to p...

  • I'll second that. I have been Platinum for 3 years, and while I WILL say there have been tangible benefits (greatly flexibility with flight change options, and upgrades on int'l flights), I am always looking at if it is worth changing to a *A or OW alliance partner. Lifetime status with Virgin wo...

  • Having flown in Virgin's 'The Business' class seats 6 times in the last 12 months, I'd be curious to see a comparison? I've been extremely impressed with Virgin's offering, and the photos (yes, I admit photos can only show so much) in this review don't really convince me that Qantas has beaten Vi...

  • Virgin US ends Virgin AU hookup

    Jun 20, 2017, 09:37 PM

    Yet another loss for VA FF members. As a Plat, I'm having to look harder and harder for reasons to stay with them and not jump across to OneWorld. Yet another one for the "Reasons to ditch Velocity" file

  • I'm Velocity Plat and have been able to access lounges in LAX, Denver and JFK with no issues, even on US domestic flights. Make sure you have your Velocity card with you if possible, especially if it doesn't say Sky Priority on your boarding pass.Like all things airport though, I think it can dep...

  • APEC Card Validity

    Jul 15, 2017, 10:05 AM

    Bingo - passport expiry date explains it. Thanks for confirming!

  • APEC Card Validity

    Jul 13, 2017, 01:37 PM

    Hi all,Received my new APEC card today and noticed it's only valid for 3 years? I recall seeing various articles (incl on Aus BT) that validity was to be extended to 5 years?Has anyone else had an APEC card issued for 5 years, or was this an initiative/suggestion that never actually got implement...

  • Originally Posted by gibosity : Am I reading this correctly? VA Platinum's can now access the Emirates lounge to?? When did this happen? Ignore my question - just read the AusBT article on this news. Good news for VA Plat's (and for Gold also, getting lounge access back - even if it is Etihad l...

  • Am I reading this correctly? VA Platinum's can now access the Emirates lounge to?? When did this happen?