Short haul or long haul

By leahcimabi | Dec 03, 2018, 10:44 AM
Anyone able to tell me if a trip to Haikou (China) is regarded as international short haul or international long haul? I've asked the Q on the Virgin Australia Facebook page and all they do is give me a link to Hainen Airlines.
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By FrequentFlyer | Dec 03, 2018, 12:22 PM
If you're flying from Australia it's most definitely long haul.
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By Lps988 | Dec 03, 2018, 02:06 PM
Copied straight from the Virgin website

International Short Haul Definition

International short haul: All Virgin Australia flights, departing to/arriving from countries within South East Asia and the Pacific; or crossing the Tasman.

Our international short haul network services destinations such as Christmas and Cocos Islands, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Denpasar.

*International short haul flights are ordinarily operated or marketed by Virgin Australia International or Virgin Australia (SE Asia).

View our international short haul route map

View our international partner airlines' services


International Long Haul Definition

International long haul: All Virgin Australia international flights departing to/arriving from Hong Kong and Los Angeles, or passing through these ports.

Our international long haul network services regions such as North America, the UAE, Europe and beyond.

*International long haul flights are ordinarily operated or marketed by Virgin Australia International.

View our international long haul route map

View our international long haul partner airlines’ services.


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By ChrisCh | Dec 05, 2018, 01:41 PM
Virgin Australia doesn't fly there, so if you're hoping to use your points or Platinum certificates to get a business class upgrade, you won't be able to do that.
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By jch | Dec 06, 2018, 04:07 PM
Long haul for earning points
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By leahcimabi | Dec 07, 2018, 02:56 PM
"Four complimentary fare upgrades per year from a Freedom fare to a Business Class seat on Domestic, Trans Tasman or International Short Haul flights marketed and operated by Virgin Australia."
So Hainen Airlines, which is marketed by VA, and operating under Hainen (but VA by default) doesn't count?
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