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Cathay used up all the allocated capacity for HK carriers to Australia.
Feb 28, 2018, 09.51 AM / Virgin Australia to launch Sydney-Hong Kong flights mid-2018
Are award tickets eligible?
Jan 11, 2018, 09.11 AM / China Eastern chauffeur drive service for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Good to see Accor expanding on the Gold Coast.I'd probably hold off staying until after the long overdue renovations.
Oct 04, 2016, 10.56 AM / Novotel takes over Hotel Grand Chancellor Surfers Paradise
Yes, UO is expanding rapidly and seems to be doing quite well. HX on the other hand doesn't really know what it is (like AB). It tends to carry mainlanders to leisure destinations, and could probably spare a daily frequency for VA. Their Chinese network ex-HKG should help a VA HKG flight be viable.
Jun 01, 2016, 02.10 PM / Virgin Australia plans daily flights to Beijing, Hong Kong
Well CX has used all the capacity for HK-based carriers to fly to SYD/MEL/BNE/PER. HNA could try using VA to fly to HKG instead, as AU-based carriers have plenty of capacity. HX has slots that it could share..
May 31, 2016, 12.09 PM / Virgin Australia plans daily flights to Beijing, Hong Kong
Why would you bother? You would be losing out. MR to SQ is 1:1, then SQ to VA is 1.35:1. MR to VA directly is 1:1. As an example: 10,000 MR to VA is 10,000 VA points. 10,000 MR to SQ is 10,000 SQ points, 10,000 SQ to VA is 7,407 VA points.
Jul 26, 2016, 11.13 AM / Amex Membership Reward to VA via SQ for better ratio?
You can pay your way into the Air NZ lounge - $55 for up to 4 hours of lounge time.
Mar 24, 2016, 12.40 PM / I'm travelling from MEL-HKG in economy and have a 6 hour layover in Melbourne before the flight.
If you're not keen on flying El Al, you can fly Royal Jordanian. Their 787 has far better seats than their older A330. MH148 MEL-KUL, RJ185 KUL-AMM, RJ342 AMM-TLV.
Feb 19, 2016, 03.54 PM / Which route do you recommend Melbourne to Tel Aviv?
VA & DL were the weakest players, being the newest entrants to the market. Both were seeking a partner to improve their offering. The UA-CO merger was on the horizon so UA had other priorities.
Jan 13, 2016, 10.09 AM / Why did Virgin Australia choose to partner with Delta and not United?
Qantas would rather you wasted spent your points on toasters.
Nov 24, 2015, 04.05 PM / Why does Qantas insist on making it very undesirable to book classic awards?