The Lounge Thread

Old Oct 23, 19, 6:16 pm
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Virgin Australia lounge at SYD ?

It looks like we'll be returning from our cruise starting with a flight from Sydney, on Virgin Australia (mid-December).
Our flight will be to HKG, where we change airlines.
(We may be trying to change our air travel home, depending upon the HKG situation and, of course, whatever other choices are available for awards travel. We'll have someone helping to monitor this while we are on our cruise.)

What is the current lounge situation in Sydney? Recommendations, if there are choices?
We'll be Business Class, and we also have Amex Plat & Priority Pass.

We prefer to get to airports a bit early. We are trying to avoid as much travel stress as we can; there is enough that could happen out of our control...

This will be our first visit to Australia, so we are totally unfamiliar with any of this.
This will also be our first trip with Virgin Australia.
(About 5+ years ago, we did take Virgin coast to coast USA, but I'm forgetting just which Virgin that was. We do remember that we found the experience, in coach, to be very pleasant, but that was also before we had started using awards to fly J or F, so we admit to having become a bit spoiled since then.)

Many thanks!

GC
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Old Oct 24, 19, 2:09 pm
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@GeezerCouple For Business Class (of service) lounge access, on VA, you will be entitled to complimentary access to "The House".

More here:

https://www.virginaustralia.com/au/e...ge-access/#SYD

and here:

https://no1lounges.com/service/airpo...ney/terminal-1
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Old Oct 24, 19, 3:11 pm
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Originally Posted by serfty View Post
@GeezerCouple For Business Class (of service) lounge access, on VA, you will be entitled to complimentary access to "The House".

More here:

https://www.virginaustralia.com/au/e...ge-access/#SYD

and here:

https://no1lounges.com/service/airpo...ney/terminal-1
Many thanks.
This will help with a reasonably (?) comfortable place to wait/relax.

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Old Feb 3, 20, 10:53 am
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Quick question regarding what I should do when I arrive at the airport for a flight later next week. I'll be on a domestic flight out of SYD that's being flown by an ATR 72. As a partner platinum (Delta PM) I plan on using the T2 domestic lounge before hand, and I'll be traveling with carry-on bags only (standard int'l spinner-type bag and laptop backpack), so I should be fine using the premium entry. With the smaller aircraft however, I'm not sure my spinner bag will fit in the overhead. Will I be able to gate check my bag after I leave the lounge? Or should I just plan on checking it in at the main check-in counters before I go to the lounge?
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Old Feb 3, 20, 2:57 pm
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Originally Posted by TuxTom View Post
Quick question regarding what I should do when I arrive at the airport for a flight later next week. I'll be on a domestic flight out of SYD that's being flown by an ATR 72. As a partner platinum (Delta PM) I plan on using the T2 domestic lounge before hand, and I'll be traveling with carry-on bags only (standard int'l spinner-type bag and laptop backpack), so I should be fine using the premium entry. With the smaller aircraft however, I'm not sure my spinner bag will fit in the overhead. Will I be able to gate check my bag after I leave the lounge? Or should I just plan on checking it in at the main check-in counters before I go to the lounge?
Does your luggage comply with the VA rules? ---> https://www.virginaustralia.com/au/e...ry-on-baggage/
Note size & weight limits. Including "A laptop in thin satchel-style laptop bag is considered to be a personal item. A laptop in a larger laptop bag will be counted as part of a guest’s carry-on allowance".

What USA passengers consider as normal "carry-on bags only (standard int'l spinner-type bag and laptop backpack)" would be excessive in most other parts of the world.
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Old Feb 3, 20, 4:00 pm
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Originally Posted by Mwenenzi View Post
Does your luggage comply with the VA rules? ---> https://www.virginaustralia.com/au/e...ry-on-baggage/
Note size & weight limits. Including "A laptop in thin satchel-style laptop bag is considered to be a personal item. A laptop in a larger laptop bag will be counted as part of a guest’s carry-on allowance".

What USA passengers consider as normal "carry-on bags only (standard int'l spinner-type bag and laptop backpack)" would be excessive in most other parts of the world.
Yes, I'm aware that most of the world isn't as carry-on obsessed as we are here in the US. I usually check a larger bag myself, but for a variety of reasons, I won't be this time. I had no problem with this setup last time I flew VA, but that was only on 737s. My carry-on bag is within the size (measures 53cm x 35cm x 23cm) and weight of the 'one standard piece' and at least on those previous flights, no one said anything to me about my laptop bag being too big as a personal item. I don't really have any experience with the ATR 72, so I'm just assuming it's similar to other regional aircraft and carry-on compliant luggage doesn't necessarily fit in the overhead. Thus, my question is whether it's better I check my carry-on at the main T2 check-in counters, or if I can just go straight to the lounge and gate-check the bag afterwards?
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Old Feb 14, 20, 7:25 pm
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Originally Posted by TuxTom View Post
Yes, I'm aware that most of the world isn't as carry-on obsessed as we are here in the US. I usually check a larger bag myself, but for a variety of reasons, I won't be this time. I had no problem with this setup last time I flew VA, but that was only on 737s. My carry-on bag is within the size (measures 53cm x 35cm x 23cm) and weight of the 'one standard piece' and at least on those previous flights, no one said anything to me about my laptop bag being too big as a personal item. I don't really have any experience with the ATR 72, so I'm just assuming it's similar to other regional aircraft and carry-on compliant luggage doesn't necessarily fit in the overhead. Thus, my question is whether it's better I check my carry-on at the main T2 check-in counters, or if I can just go straight to the lounge and gate-check the bag afterwards?
I travel a far bit regionally with a large laptop for work. As for the laptop it really depends on the bag you put the laptop in. A sleeve style wont raise questions but a shoulder backpack can be touch and go if you don't have status.

Unless you are in a mad rush at the other end, i would check the bag, depending on the flight they can be full of people traveling for work and the bins are chockers.
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