Virgin readies lounges, points earn for Hong Kong, China flights

By David Flynn, June 5 2017

Virgin Australia's new Melbourne-Hong Kong flights will use the Etihad Airways lounge at Melbourne and Hong Kong Airlines' Club Bauhinia lounge at Hong Kong – see our story here for full details.

PREVIOUS | Virgin Australia is expected to launch its frequent flyer partnership with Hong Kong Airlines later this month, ahead of the July 5 start of direct Virgin flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong.

The hookup will also include access to HKA's lounge network, including its flagship Club Bauhinia lounge at Hong Kong Airport (below) which would be available to Virgin's business class passengers and top-tier Gold and Platinum Velocity Frequent Flyers prior to their journey back to Melbourne.

The Melbourne Airport lounge to be used prior to Virgin's flights from Melbourne is yet to be announced.

The reciprocal arrangement should also see Virgin's Velocity Frequent Flyer members able to earn Velocity points on selected flights with Hong Kong Airlines as well as HK Express and Hainan Airlines which will operate as codeshares carrying a VA flight number, including domestic flights in the Chinese mainland market.

Following the launch of Virgin's Melbourne-Hong Kong service the airline will open a second route between Australia and China, although the anchor cities at either end of that corridor have yet to be revealed.

David

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.

chanvw

chanvw

19 Aug 2011

Total posts 22

Would be interesting to see if the lounge access would also be reciprocated for Hong Kong Airlines passengers departing Gold Coast airport  

CityRail

CityRail

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

17 Nov 2014

Total posts 94

But the lounge is located at the domestic terminal, so passengers will then need to leave the lounge early to pass through immigration for boarding.

richard89

richard89

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Mar 2017

Total posts 26

Virgin fly to LAX, HKG, CHC and AKL from Mel (and sort of to DPS!). Time to get your own lounge???

richard89

richard89

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Mar 2017

Total posts 26

Oops forgot NAN also! 

reeves35

reeves35

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 558

Given the only available space is probably some horrible dungeon space down near the QF J lounge.  I wouldn't blame VA from baulking at this.  THey'd be better off organising for EY to offer extended hours to cover all of their MEL services.

Mavers

Mavers

13 May 2016

Total posts 32

As much as I love VA, I think it's time they bit the bullet and built their own international lounge.

johnaboxall

johnaboxall

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 735

Nah, they'll change strategy in twelve months  - who knows what will happen?

New Mint

New Mint

24 Feb 2012

Total posts 46

I won't be complaining if the Melbourne lounge used is the Etihad one! 

S

S

13 Sep 2013

Total posts 105

Has anyone seen any award seat availability?
The only J seats I've seen are the "Any Seat" ones and they are between 450-500k!

rob1984

rob1984

23 May 2011

Total posts 32

i saw some about 2 weeks ago. haven't checked back since

CityRail

CityRail

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

17 Nov 2014

Total posts 94

There're some reward seats on Y on some flights early in July.

grumpytravel

grumpytravel

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

12 Jun 2016

Total posts 40

Also Cairns I wonder if flights from Cairns to Hong Kong will be able to earn Virgin status creds and points 

roby

roby

21 Sep 2011

Total posts 65

Only codeshare flights with VA flight number earn Velocity points? Hainan Airlines have been offering $2000 return to Mainland China in Business. Would be some quite powerful earn rates. 

DBPZ

DBPZ

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

26 Feb 2016

Total posts 101

Maybe that's why MU don't offer status credits to VA members unless they're flying codesharing flights. Each glass of wine that the g- and p-level members sip in the lounge must have been paid by someone. 

tm_smile

tm_smile

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

12 Jun 2011

Total posts 106

But MU is a QF partner?

DBPZ

DBPZ

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

26 Feb 2016

Total posts 101

MU has some codesharing flights with QF but I don't think this can make them partners.

tm_smile

tm_smile

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

12 Jun 2011

Total posts 106

Ummmm... I'd say having a 5 year Joint Venture makes them partners. China Eastern don't have any thing to do with VA.

highflyer

highflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Apr 2012

Total posts 302

"The Melbourne Airport lounge to be used prior to Virgin's flights from Melbourne is yet to be announced"


Let's see... on opening day....Due to unforeseen circumstances, business class and frequent flyers will be awarded food vouchers and points....Virgin is working hard to rectifying this small inconvenience to its frequent flyers... lol

DBPZ

DBPZ

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

26 Feb 2016

Total posts 101

That can be actually better...comparing to the service level in VA's domestic lounge. At least I won't feel guilty for the second glass of wine.

jeppetto367

jeppetto367

06 Jun 2017

Total posts 23

"Following the launch of Virgin's Melbourne-Hong Kong service the airline will open a second route between Australia and China, although the anchor cities at either end of that corridor have yet to be revealed."

Shenzhen, you heard it here first.

jefflu88

jefflu88

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 May 2017

Total posts 6

Anybody know if flying HK airlines onwards to china if the HK airlines lounge can be used for VA elite members?

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