Thanks. Ideally we wouldn't transit at all, but since they scrapped the direct MEL-LAX flights, we have no choice I will call and double check we get access to the EY loungeNeither is ideal (MEL is actually a nice airport to transit!).
If you are considering lounges, transit SYD. They are redoing the NZ lounge and I understand VA LAX pax have access to the much better EY SYD lounge for the next few months?