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Does *G get Virgin lounge access when travelling on Virgin Australia cnx to SA?

Does *G get Virgin lounge access when travelling on Virgin Australia cnx to SA?

Old Jun 15, 15, 8:53 pm
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Does *G get Virgin lounge access when travelling on Virgin Australia cnx to SA?

I'm flying SYD-PER-JNB, with SYD-PER on Virgin Australia.

As a A3 gold, do I get lounge access in Sydney and/or Perth?
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Old Jun 15, 15, 9:54 pm
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VA is not a Star Alliance carrier, so your *G is of no use at one of their lounges.
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Old Jun 15, 15, 11:07 pm
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I'd normally suggest something like Priority Pass or Diners Club for lounge access while flying non-alliance carriers, but both have terrible reach in Australia. Priority Pass only has 1 in the whole country (Cairns) and Diners has zero.

BTW, subject line. Typically SA = South African Airways *A = Star Alliance
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Old Jun 15, 15, 11:18 pm
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Originally Posted by dvs7310 View Post
Typically SA = South African Airways *A = Star Alliance
OP is flying PER-JNB, and SA is the only airline that flies that route, so I'd say he/she got it right.
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Old Jun 16, 15, 9:08 am
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According to the *A site in PER Thai and South African use the Qantas Club as a contract, not sure if they extend that to *G in Y. There is also the Singapore Airlines lounge that would get you access for *G but not familiar with the layout of PER.
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Old Jun 16, 15, 11:13 am
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
OP is flying PER-JNB, and SA is the only airline that flies that route, so I'd say he/she got it right.
You're right, I read right past the JNB part and was thinking it was all domestic on VA.

In that case, the OP should get lounge access in PER. Even though it's a contract lounge, *A rules dictate that they are supposed to extend the same lounge benefit to *G Y passengers as C passengers, even in contract lounges. You also get your +1 benefit. It will likely require going to the SA check in desk to get a lounge invite as most contract lounges don't grant access based on *G card. (there are exceptions though, for example the KQ lounge in NBO accepts *G cards for access when flying ET)
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Old Jun 16, 15, 10:57 pm
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Thanks for the check in desk hint
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