Virgin readies lounges, points earn for Hong Kong, China flights

Virgin readies lounges, points earn for Hong Kong, China flights

Virgin Australia's new Melbourne-Hong Kong flights will use the Etihad Airways lounge at Melbourne and Hong Kong Airlines' Club Bauhinia lounge at Hong Kong – see our story here for full details.

PREVIOUS | Virgin Australia is expected to launch its frequent flyer partnership with Hong Kong Airlines later this month, ahead of the July 5 start of direct Virgin flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong.

The hookup will also include access to HKA's lounge network, including its flagship Club Bauhinia lounge at Hong Kong Airport (below) which would be available to Virgin's business class passengers and top-tier Gold and Platinum Velocity Frequent Flyers prior to their journey back to Melbourne.

The Melbourne Airport lounge to be used prior to Virgin's flights from Melbourne is yet to be announced.

The reciprocal arrangement should also see Virgin's Velocity Frequent Flyer members able to earn Velocity points on selected flights with Hong Kong Airlines as well as HK Express and Hainan Airlines which will operate as codeshares carrying a VA flight number, including domestic flights in the Chinese mainland market.

Following the launch of Virgin's Melbourne-Hong Kong service the airline will open a second route between Australia and China, although the anchor cities at either end of that corridor have yet to be revealed.

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

21 comments

  • chanvw

    chanvw

    5 Jun, 2017 07:24 am

    Would be interesting to see if the lounge access would also be reciprocated for Hong Kong Airlines passengers departing Gold Coast airport  
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  • CityRail

    CityRail

    5 Jun, 2017 08:07 pm

    But the lounge is located at the domestic terminal, so passengers will then need to leave the lounge early to pass through immigration for boarding.
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  • Richard Burgess

    richard89

    5 Jun, 2017 07:32 am

    Virgin fly to LAX, HKG, CHC and AKL from Mel (and sort of to DPS!). Time to get your own lounge???
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  • Richard Burgess

    richard89

    5 Jun, 2017 07:33 am

    Oops forgot NAN also! 
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  • reeves35

    reeves35

    5 Jun, 2017 10:15 am

    Given the only available space is probably some horrible dungeon space down near the QF J lounge.  I wouldn't blame VA from baulking at this.  THey'd be better off organising for EY to offer extended hours to cover all of their MEL services.
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  • Mavers

    Mavers

    5 Jun, 2017 08:04 am

    As much as I love VA, I think it's time they bit the bullet and built their own international lounge.
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  • johnaboxall

    johnaboxall

    5 Jun, 2017 01:54 pm

    Nah, they'll change strategy in twelve months  - who knows what will happen?
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  • New Mint

    New Mint

    5 Jun, 2017 08:52 am

    I won't be complaining if the Melbourne lounge used is the Etihad one! 
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  • S

    S

    5 Jun, 2017 09:00 am

    Has anyone seen any award seat availability?
    The only J seats I've seen are the "Any Seat" ones and they are between 450-500k!
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  • rob1984

    rob1984

    5 Jun, 2017 11:36 am

    i saw some about 2 weeks ago. haven't checked back since
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  • CityRail

    CityRail

    5 Jun, 2017 08:08 pm

    There're some reward seats on Y on some flights early in July.
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  • grumpytravel

    grumpytravel

    5 Jun, 2017 09:31 am

    Also Cairns I wonder if flights from Cairns to Hong Kong will be able to earn Virgin status creds and points 
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  • roby

    roby

    5 Jun, 2017 10:29 am

    Only codeshare flights with VA flight number earn Velocity points? Hainan Airlines have been offering $2000 return to Mainland China in Business. Would be some quite powerful earn rates. 
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  • DBPZ

    DBPZ

    5 Jun, 2017 12:35 pm

    Maybe that's why MU don't offer status credits to VA members unless they're flying codesharing flights. Each glass of wine that the g- and p-level members sip in the lounge must have been paid by someone. 
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  • Alex

    tm_smile

    5 Jun, 2017 12:46 pm

    But MU is a QF partner?
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  • DBPZ

    DBPZ

    5 Jun, 2017 04:37 pm

    MU has some codesharing flights with QF but I don't think this can make them partners.
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  • Alex

    tm_smile

    8 Jun, 2017 02:13 pm

    Ummmm... I'd say having a 5 year Joint Venture makes them partners. China Eastern don't have any thing to do with VA.

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  • highflyer

    highflyer

    5 Jun, 2017 02:55 pm

    "The Melbourne Airport lounge to be used prior to Virgin's flights from Melbourne is yet to be announced"

    Let's see... on opening day....Due to unforeseen circumstances, business class and frequent flyers will be awarded food vouchers and points....Virgin is working hard to rectifying this small inconvenience to its frequent flyers... lol
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  • DBPZ

    DBPZ

    5 Jun, 2017 05:39 pm

    That can be actually better...comparing to the service level in VA's domestic lounge. At least I won't feel guilty for the second glass of wine.
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  • jeppetto367

    jeppetto367

    6 Jun, 2017 10:01 am

    "Following the launch of Virgin's Melbourne-Hong Kong service the airline will open a second route between Australia and China, although the anchor cities at either end of that corridor have yet to be revealed."

    Shenzhen, you heard it here first.
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  • Jeff Lu

    jefflu88

    16 Jul, 2017 06:30 pm

    Anybody know if flying HK airlines onwards to china if the HK airlines lounge can be used for VA elite members?
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