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United to partner with Virgin Australia -- UA elite benefits starting 23 May 2022

United to partner with Virgin Australia -- UA elite benefits starting 23 May 2022

Old May 8, 22, 10:44 pm
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That same page also mentions “Using Miles” on Virgin Australia, without a start date, implying that it is possible to book award travel now, but I’m not seeing any inventory loaded (at least on a few popular domestic routes).
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Old May 9, 22, 1:05 am
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If I am reading that right, it doesn't look like it will be possible to earn UA premier qualifying credits on VA marketed flights
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Old May 9, 22, 7:29 am
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That's access to VA lounges on int'l flights only, right? Not all flights?
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Old May 9, 22, 2:50 pm
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Originally Posted by Revenge View Post
If I am reading that right, it doesn't look like it will be possible to earn UA premier qualifying credits on VA marketed flights
PQPs only on *A partners, no PQPs for UA's non-*A partners

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Old May 9, 22, 3:21 pm
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Originally Posted by TBD View Post
That's access to VA lounges on int'l flights only, right? Not all flights?
VA have very few international flights. Only fly to Fiji (from wikipedia). But have not restarted NZ.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...a_destinations
VA will not have any own lounges for international:- use 3rd party
All VA's long haul B777's are gone. Have gone back to banks and lessors

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Refer post 90--> " Premier Gold, Platinum and 1K®: members are eligible for access to Virgin Australia operated lounges"
So as VA do not have any international terminal lounges, it can only mean AU domestic lounges
In AU international arrivals, international departure & domestic are physically separated. You can only access international (departure) lounges after completing AU border force emigration controls. Need to be leaving AU. (A few minor exceptions with some limited QF D-I flights)
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Old May 9, 22, 3:25 pm
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Originally Posted by TBD View Post
That's access to VA lounges on int'l flights only, right? Not all flights?
Pretty sure it’s all domestic Australian lounges too
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Old May 9, 22, 3:31 pm
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Originally Posted by TBD View Post
That's access to VA lounges on int'l flights only, right? Not all flights?
Are you suggesting international itinerates only, or international flights only?

International flights only doesn't make any sense, as VA doesn't currently have any lounges in the international terminals (not to mention very few international flights at all).

International itinerates/same-day international connections is a possibility - but the VA/DL partnership allowed for VA lounge access for any VA flights, including wholly domestic itineraries so I'm hopeful that's what this is will look too...
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Old May 9, 22, 5:49 pm
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Good. Will earn 25% on domestic flights booked for October. Lounge access anyway through Amex, but good to know it is included as well. Will be interesting to see, if UA agents will check luggage through on separate PNR

So far not yet possible to add UA FQTV # to VA reservation
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Old May 9, 22, 6:13 pm
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Originally Posted by cfischer View Post
....Will be interesting to see, if UA agents will check luggage through on separate PNR
If entering AU on a UA flight will not make any difference, as need to process immigration, customs & bio security with your checked and carryon luggage. Then to the VA domestic flight with your luggage for bag drop (and check in if needed)
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Old May 10, 22, 4:53 am
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It is frustrating not being able to book UA-VA itinerary on United.com, especially UA postpone its Melboune flight.
I was able to book UA-VA itineray for travel next week using Google Flights, but those flighs are no longer showing for July.
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Old May 10, 22, 8:27 am
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Originally Posted by UA_Flyer View Post
It is frustrating not being able to book UA-VA itinerary on United.com, especially UA postpone its Melboune flight.
I was able to book UA-VA itineray for travel next week using Google Flights, but those flighs are no longer showing for July.
Agree with the frustration about UA not having the VA flights on their own website (as either the underling flight numbers, or codeshares), however I'm not having any trouble pulling up the UA->VA connections using Google Flights for some random dates in July.
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Old May 11, 22, 9:37 am
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I was referring to international itineraries - similar to how Star Gold would normally work for lounge access.

Makes sense that VA is offering it for all flights since they're primarily a domestic carrier now ... but still seems unusual to give status-based lounge access on domestic itineraries.
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Old May 11, 22, 9:55 am
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Originally Posted by TBD View Post
Makes sense that VA is offering it for all flights since they're primarily a domestic carrier now ... but still seems unusual to give status-based lounge access on domestic itineraries.
I was under the impression that elite status not having lounge access for domestic flights was a primarily US (and Canada?) phenomenon. Qantas gives lounge access to elites (I think) on domestic flights as well.
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Old May 11, 22, 11:50 am
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It's almost unique to the US. QF and AC both permit lounge access to elites and J pax on domestic itineraries.
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Old May 11, 22, 3:21 pm
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Star Gold gets you lounge access in Europe on a Y ticket, but only for int'l flights. Obviously easier to qualify in that respect, but it's a significant distinction that I just assumed would apply here.
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