Virgin Australia lounge access for VA6 Brisbane-bound LAX flyers

By David Flynn, June 9 2017
Virgin Australia lounge access for VA6 Brisbane-bound LAX flyers

Virgin Australia has finally arranged LAX lounge access for travellers on Saturday's VA6 flight from Los Angeles to Brisbane.

As of this Saturday June 10, business class passengers and Platinum and Gold Velocity Frequent Flyer members will be able to grab a light breakfast or brunch at the Los Angeles International Lounge before their 11.15am departure.

This is an airport-run facility used by several airlines which don't have their own lounge at LAX.

It's not up to the same high standard as the Etihad or Emirates lounges used for Virgin Australia's other flights – nor the Star Alliance lounge which Virgin once called home – but it's got sandwiches, sweets, snacks and coffee (albeit Starbucks) and even a balcony area overlooking the terminal.

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Passengers on the Brisbane-bound VA8 service which departs LAX at 11.50pm can rest up in the Etihad Airways lounge if they're booked in business class, or the Emirates lounge if they hold Velocity Gold or Platinum status.

However, since the middle of April when Virgin changed the time of its Saturday VA6 flight to leave Los Angeles at 11.15am rather than the late evening, passengers on that flight have been without lounge access because neither the Emirates or Etihad lounges are open that early in the morning.

Instead, business class flyers and Velocity Gold and Platinum card-holders are provided with food vouchers to redeem at the terminal's eateries plus 10,000 Velocity points as a make-good for the inconvenience.

Australian Business Traveller understands that new lounge arrangements are almost in place and an announcement could be made this week – ideally in time for this Saturday's VA6 flight, which will certainly be news to cheer its passengers.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

12 Jun 2011

Total posts 153

It continues to astound me how much of a mess Virgin's international schedule is. Different departures times wildly different day to day.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Oct 2011

Total posts 460

And the complete mish-mash of lounge arrangements - different lounges depending on flight destination, class and status!!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

12 Jun 2011

Total posts 153

I'm sure this will also include different lounge one can access at LAX depending on time of departure! 

A new wedge to the wheel of Velocity status benefits!

25 Feb 2013

Total posts 66

To be fair, this haphazard arrangement is largely a temporary one because my understanding is that VA will move into the new Delta terminals, where a flagship lounge that is apparently quite spectacular is being developed. 

If this were a permanent arrangement it would irk me no end (and lots of things about VA do!), but the plans they have for the DL look pretty exciting to me (as someone who travels a lot to and through the US on VA). I just hope they do it sooner rather than later.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Aug 2016

Total posts 59

its pretty disgraceful that they don't have lounge access already. especially when J tickets can reach up to 4-5K each way. get your act together Virgin.

just join an alliance.

undertheradar Banned
undertheradar Banned

28 Oct 2011

Total posts 662

It's almost as if the 'scheduling dept'  doesn't inform 'management' of the airlines schedules lol.   But I rather think it's 'management' being fully aware of the schedules, BUT adopting the 'let's just see how far we can get away with it', because it's actually cheaper just to give a voucher. I have noticed, via social media, that many Business/status passengers have complained about the 'non lounge facilities'. And suddenly now VA promises a lounge solution. lol. You would think , these details /arrangements would be worked out BEFORE the commencement of a scheduled flight. VA is really a basket case. This is my opinion.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

12 Jun 2016

Total posts 41

What a shambles of an airline VA is.Share price currently at 17c (52 week high 32c)

It hasn't made a profit since it was Virgin Blue and it's International "network" is a disgrace.

It should revert to a LCC and make some money.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Mar 2016

Total posts 27

Scheduling issues not only with Virgin Australia but also Virgin America which can be very different from booking to departure. I thought the issue of Lounge access had been sorted at LAX but still an ongoing saga! Does make Qantas FF program that much more attractive & reliable

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

10 Dec 2016

Total posts 45

There is another VA lounge issue, with Etihad departing T2 at Frankfurt and moving to T1 at Frankfurt. The lounges that you can now use as an Etihad or Virgin codeshare flyer are Lufthansa. The Etihad lounge at T2 was exceptional and close to the gate, now in T1 you have the sub standard Lufthansa "Business" lounge which is at least two levels below the old Etihad lounge. Etihad check in at T1 say you get access to the Lufthansa Senator lounge,but on a recent trip the lounge door person says " No you can only use the Business lounge" Its a significant move downmarket by Etihad and VA code share flyers. Oh and a long walk to the gate as well

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 May 2013

Total posts 353

It's almost as though VA need to stop, take a breath and start again. They need to get their lounge arrangements in place. They need to work out what "food and drink" on all flights really means - half a muesli bar is NOT a meal. What's happening with Tigerair and the A320/737 switch over? Are they returning to Bali after the Tigerair fiasco? How much is it costing to use Alliance to operate so many of their flights? Are the E190's and ATR aircraft staying or going? Is Abu Dhabi via Perth really a good idea and should they have cancelled it before it even starts? Melbourne-LAX - they're in and out like a tennis elbow. LAX schedules are inconsistent with differing departure times depending on the day of the week. I know this post is all over the place, but so are the decisions at Virgin Australia. It's become a complete mishmash to the point where I've lost total confidence in them delivering their product.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2016

Total posts 23

E190s are done by the end of the year by the latest some have already left and the ATR 72 500 fleet is done on July 17th as well as tWO ATR 72 600 the remaining 600 will be based in Cbr and syd! There will be 6 of them!

02 Dec 2016

Total posts 93

I think you hit the nail/s on the head Ryan.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 Apr 2014

Total posts 35

As a Virgin platinum I can not agree more with the above , no access to lounges it doesn't surprise me , the joke of meal and you get a pretzel, I have wasted my flying loyalty with Virgin ( 5 year of plat ) you have not looked after your platinum travelers , to reconfirmed visit the qantas business lounge in brisbane wow platinum rewarded , hot meal morning night , empty seat when load are light,  flight attendant happy to look after you .... how things have changed .

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Jul 2013

Total posts 209

Totally agree with you, @Ryan K! VA's inability to do anything consistently on their international network is why I only fly QF between AU and US and relegate VA to my back-up carrier for domestic travel.

10 Jun 2015

Total posts 3

I would prefer a meal voucher to the Etihad Lounge in LAX!

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

10 Dec 2016

Total posts 45

The Etihad Lounge is small, poorly air conditioned and has some of the worst service in LAX. 

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

07 Dec 2014

Total posts 178

I understand how frustrating the lounge mess is; but to those who say they 'prefer Qantas' on the route, surely the 16 hour flight in inferior 2-2-2 10 year old business class seats, or 17.5in 3-4-3 seats in economy, simply doesn't cut it?

Virgin's inflight product on the route to LAX is among the best in both business and economy (especially hard product), while Qantas is probably towards the bottom.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Jul 2016

Total posts 109

Keep in mind Qantas's product on the A380 will be reconfigured soonish... and the 787 is coming. Still, I agree with that comment for the present service.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Jul 2015

Total posts 223

Only an occasion user on VA locally but their product is fine. Now international is a different story and that's why it is QF/OW. Makes global travel easy and with all the trimmings like lounge access. Hopefully VA can sort out. 

19 Feb 2016

Total posts 7

I recently flew on this service and used the VA 777. Must say very impressed and the flight back from LAX at 1115 I didn't mind at all. Was nice to get home at 7pm and have a proper sleep.
I was annoyed about the lack of lounge facilities as well, but as I was transitting from a domestic service it was only 1.5 hours so wasn't too bad. Glad that there is a lounge option now and hope to be using this service again.
I am surprised that they don't offer this flight timing more often. I guess cheaper to keep an aircraft in LAX than Australia and most passengers transit onto the later flight than the morning departure.

17 Jun 2018

Total posts 1

Sitting in the lounge now waiting for VA6. Is pretty dire...

British Airways - Executive Club

10 Apr 2015

Total posts 14

VA6 (Saturday LAX - BNE) now uses Emirates - seems to only be for this flight - good spread of food, Champagne breakfast is possible once again...

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