• A tip from Ausbt that has proven very useful (and mentioned at the end of this article) is that when booking an SQ flight use your VA membership. You get PPS points AND VA status points (and miles) so you get to VA Gold very easily with a couple of flights to Europe. That for me means access to l...

  • We could alternatively look at a low tech option that all cars old and new can use: replace many traffic lights with roundabouts. This allows for better flow at minor intersections and is the norm in the UK. Collisions at roundabouts result in fewer injuries because they are always slower and are...

  • I flew on their 757 from London Luton to Newark. Very impressive to get such a good seat and service at a third of usual business class fares. At the time they were not the most reliable as they only had two planes. I had no problems. Kimshep is right to point out the risks of this venture, as cl...

  • Virgin Australia appoints new CEO

    Feb 06, 2019, 04:07 PM

    I like VA as it is, so whoever it was who has evolved the airline to it’s present style and service, I say thank you.

  • By far the biggest advantage of being gold is access to lounges when travelling Economy on domestic flights. This is a perk that most Goldies can use whereas the others are more niche market, albeit very useful.

  • Warning about about partial payment of a flight-: loss of subsequent points. I booked via SQ a return MEL <>LHR. I had a few Krisflyer points so used these to reduce cost. About 15% saved. I always put Velocity as my FFS so that I get most points for domestic flights in Australia. However ...

  • The fact that my time in the air can be productive if I need it to be is important for me. I don’t ‘waste a day travelling’. It is fun too. You don’t have to use it if you want to disconnect but its good to have

  • If you are travelling Business or First you get to use the lounges anyway, get a heavy baggage allowance and get priority security and boarding. So no real point in being a Goldy or PPS except with PPS you can use other airlines lounges when travelling Economy domestic flights.Personally I fly SQ...

  • The website and mobile sites don't synchronise either so don't actually know how many eligible flights I need to take to maintain Gold or reach platinum.

  • Like the original post, I am almost at Platinum. The tangible benefit is to get free Economy-Plus seats. However my real wish is to get the business class upgrades (four per year I think). However you have to buy the most expensive Economy seat (Freedom?) to be eligible. Still cheaper than busine...