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Answered Difference between SQ and VA

cqtiger

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I am flying to Europe with singapore airline business and have a choice of a SQ or VA coded flight as they basically the same cost. As a WP velocity what are the pros and cons of choosing either.?
 

Callum Broom

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You'll receive the bonus points on a VA ticket as if it were VA metal. Points/credits depend on the fare class though I find VA tickets usually give more points for a similar price.

SQ ticket is valid for the $20 Changi Airport voucher (assuming return flight), maybe also seat selection on the SQ website but don't quote me on that.
 

MattA

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VA coded flights will count as an "eligible sector" for status re-qualification, while the SQ coded ones won't (which may or may not be important, depending on your other flight plans during your current WP year).
 

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You get a lot more points with VA. Have a look at this page: SINGAPORE AIRLINES Travel with Singapore Airlines and set your Velocity Points flying.
If you fly business lite or business standard, you get 1.25 points per mile on an SQ ticket and 2 points per mile on a VA ticket. Plus on the VA ticket you get the 100% WP bonus on top of that.

The disadvantage is that you can’t log in and change your seat or order book the cook. You have to call SQ for that. You can place seating preferences though eg an aisle, and they’ll assign you a seat on that basis.
 

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The disadvantage is that you can’t log in and change your seat or order book the cook. You have to call SQ for that.
I recently flew a biz redemption from Europe — booked with VA, flying SQ — the emailed booking confirmation had both VA and SQ booking reference codes on the attachment.
Was able to log into the SQ site and choose seats/book the cook etc. without any problem.

Not sure how long this has been the case, definitely had to call VA a few years back to get the SQ reference.
 

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I recently flew a biz redemption from Europe — booked with VA, flying SQ — the emailed booking confirmation had both VA and SQ booking reference codes on the attachment.
Was able to log into the SQ site and choose seats/book the cook etc. without any problem.

Not sure how long this has been the case, definitely had to call VA a few years back to get the SQ reference.
That’s interesting. I just flew SQ J on a VA ticket overnight. I couldn’t change online but maybe that’s because it was a purchased ticket not a redemption. These things are so inconsistent.

I expected to be confined to the Kris Gold lounge transiting in Singapore but I’m happy to report that a VA J ticket gets you into the SilverKris lounge.

There is one disadvantage I found: I had a 5+ hour stopover in Melbourne between my domestic and international flights. The domestic VA lounge closes at 9pm and the SQ lounge is only open 3 hours before a flight, which meant there was a gap in lounge access. If I were on a SQ ticket I think I could go into another *alliance lounge (if they were open - I didn’t check because it wasn’t an option). I popped up to The House just in case the VA ticket might give me access, but as I suspected, I had to be flying on an Etihad or Virgin plane for access. It wasn’t a big deal in the scheme of things and it’s a rare situation but in the name of balance I thought I’d mention it.
 

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