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.