From December 1, all Virgin Australia flights departing Los Angeles will use the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), with Gold-level Velocity members and business class passengers having access to the new Star Alliance lounge.
Certain to trigger a smile, the Star Alliance First Class lounge will open its doors to Velocity Platinum members, regardless of travel class and with one guest – something that isn’t actually offered to top-tier Star Alliance elites!
The change follows the previous cross-terminal arrangements, which saw Virgin Australia flights arriving into TBIT, though departing from Terminal 3 when returning to Australia.
For now at least, check-in facilities for the airline’s Australia-bound flights – VA2 to Sydney, VA8 to Brisbane and VA24 to Melbourne – will remain at Terminal 3, with TBIT just a short walk away:
Passengers connecting from Delta Air Lines, Virgin America or Alaska Airlines services should be able to skip the check-in queues at LAX altogether, with baggage able to be through-checked and Virgin Australia boarding passes issued by these airlines at the start of the journey.
Access to The Loft in Terminal 3 will still be available for eligible passengers on Virgin America’s domestic services (ex-Los Angeles), though travellers on Virgin Australia’s international services will need to use the Star Alliance lounges from next month.
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