Finding award availability on VA

Old Apr 23, 18, 9:09 am
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Finding award availability on VA

Greetings. I come in peace from other FT realms.

I am toying with using miles from another FFP (SA Voyager as it happens) to book flights on VA between SYD and OOL in November. But searching on Expertflyer I am having difficulty in finding any availability. I have tried using very wide parameters over multiple periods - but nothing comes up. I would have thought that on a domestic route with multiple flights per day there should be some availability. Is this standard revenue management from VA or am I doing something wrong?

Insights will be much appreciated.
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Old Apr 23, 18, 3:27 pm
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I don't use EF, but VA domestic availability is usually pretty good. Are you looking at J or Y? Certain dates in November can be school holidays and OOL gets slammed.

Try checking VA's site or DL.com.
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Old Apr 24, 18, 4:38 am
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Originally Posted by CPMaverick View Post
I don't use EF, but VA domestic availability is usually pretty good. Are you looking at J or Y? Certain dates in November can be school holidays and OOL gets slammed.

Try checking VA's site or DL.com.
Thanks. Ideally I wanted J but looked at all both classes. This is for mid November. But I tried dates all over the calendar to see if maybe availability is only close in or far out as happens with some FFPs.
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Old Apr 24, 18, 4:40 am
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OK... this is a bit embarrassing... I just checked again and suddenly there is availability all over the place!!

I swear it wasn't there when I tried it previously on several occasions!
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Old Apr 25, 18, 7:00 pm
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Avoid Surfers Paradise mid November. It’s full of high school kids who’ve just finished secondary school - “Schoolies” as it’s known here. It’s pretty rambunctious and noisy.
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Old Jul 1, 18, 3:04 pm
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Anyone know if virgin australia's award availability is phantom availability? i see some space from LAX-BNE on 7/14. It shows 2 seats available on VA's website but expertflyer is only showing 1 (I also see LAX-BNE on 7/17 showing availability on VA's website but not on EF. Not sure if this is related to VA releasing space to partners 14 days before departure)
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Old Jul 1, 18, 3:11 pm
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Also, I'm not sure if this is a glitch but I found those award availability (7/14 and 7/17) in J for 2 from LAX-BNE using the one way search, but when I changed it to round trip, then the award availability wasn't showing
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Old Jul 1, 18, 3:51 pm
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Anyone know if virgin australia's award availability is phantom availability? i see some space from LAX-BNE on 7/14. It shows 2 seats available on VA's website
There is currently 1 C Award Seat available; however VA may provide additional Availability to its own members:

[KVS Tool 8.9.6/Diamond - Awards/DL-SkyTeam/US]
Code:
LAX  Los Angeles Intl CA US [KLAX]
BNE  Brisbane Intl QL AU [YBBN]
SAT  14 Jul 2018 | 1 Seat

Carrier    Flight  From  Depart    To    Arrive    A/C  St  Award Availability
---------  ------  ----  --------  ----  --------  ---  --  ------------------
VA         6       LAX   11:15     BNE   18:15 +1  77W  0   CS1  YS7
DL         41      LAX   22:25     SYD   06:35 +2  77L  0   CA1  YL7
 -> VA     925     SYD   09:00 +2  BNE   10:30 +2  73W  0   CS1  YS7
DL         41      LAX   22:25     SYD   06:35 +2  77L  0   CA1  YL7
 -> VA     931     SYD   10:00 +2  BNE   11:30 +2  73H  0   CS1  YS7
DL         41      LAX   22:25     SYD   06:35 +2  77L  0   CA2  YL7
 -> VA     935     SYD   11:00 +2  BNE   12:30 +2  73H  0   CS2  YS7
DL         41      LAX   22:25     SYD   06:35 +2  77L  0   CA3  YL7
 -> VA     947     SYD   14:00 +2  BNE   15:30 +2  73H  0   CS3  YS7
DL         41      LAX   22:25     SYD   06:35 +2  77L  0   CA2  YL3
 -> VA     951     SYD   15:00 +2  BNE   16:30 +2  73H  0   CS2  YS3
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Old Jul 2, 18, 5:22 pm
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Noting that VA use Z for award business class.
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