Fly with Virgin? Virgin Australia guests and Velocity Frequent Flyer members take note: there are new flights in the air, added lounge access options and points changes to keep in mind ahead of your next trip. Here's the latest round-up of travel news from Virgin Australia.
More Melbourne To Hong Kong Flights In 2018
Virgin Australia has announced it will operate daily services between Melbourne and Hong Kong during the 2018 Northern Summer schedule season, from March to October next year.
From 25 March 2018, VA87 from Melbourne to Hong Kong will depart mid-morning from Monday through to Sunday – arriving late afternoon in Hong Kong – and VA86 will depart Hong Kong every evening, arriving in Melbourne the following morning.
This update to the schedule offers convenient flying times for all travellers visiting Hong Kong, whether it be on business or for leisure. It also enables travellers to connect easily to other destinations in Australia and China, through Hong Kong Airlines and various other available flight connections.
On this route, Virgin Australia operates Airbus A330-200 aircraft featuring ‘The Business’, which was named ‘Best Business Class’ for the second year in a row at the Airline Ratings ‘Airline of the Year’ awards.
The aircraft also features eight Economy X seats that offer additional legroom, Premium check-in and boarding, preferred overhead locker space, guaranteed first meal choice and premium noise-cancelling headsets.
Velocity Frequent Flyer Airline Partner Update – Air New Zealand
Velocity Frequent Flyer members should be aware of some changes to their partnership with Air New Zealand.
Velocity Frequent Flyer members will no longer be able to earn or redeem Velocity Points and Status Credits, or receive other benefits, when travelling on Air New Zealand operated flights between New Zealand and North and South America, Asia and Europe – effective as of 1 November 2017.
This change does not apply to Velocity members who are guests on domestic and Trans-Tasman flights operated by Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand – those within and between Australia and New Zealand. Guests on these flights will continue to earn and redeem Points and Status Credits and continue to enjoy Velocity Frequent Flyer benefits.
Any bookings made prior to 11 July 2017 for travel after 1 November 2017 will still be eligible for Velocity Points and Status Credit earn.
Lounge Access at LAX For ‘The Business’ Guests on Evening Flights
Virgin Australia guests of ‘The Business’ on evening flights to Los Angeles can now relax knowing the comfort continues long after they step off the plane at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
In a bid to streamline their lounge offering and provide consistency, ‘The Business’ guests who don’t hold Velocity status will now have access to the Emirates Lounge, effective as of 11 November 2017.
Platinum and Gold Velocity Frequent Flyer members already enjoy this benefit and will continue to enjoy access to the Emirates Lounge.
Located on level 6 of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, the Emirates Lounge is welcoming and contemporary – boasting Emirates’ latest architectural design and bespoke pieces – with many features that will prove invaluable for the business traveller in transit.
Amenities include an indoor terrace overlooking the terminal atrium, showers and a dining area with a generous buffet featuring a broad selection of high-quality appetisers, cold and hot entrees, soups, and desserts. The complimentary full-bar service includes premium wine, spirits and champagne, including Veuve Cliquot.
A fully equipped business centre also offers complimentary Wi-Fi connection across the lounge area, TV and reading areas.