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Flying to Hawaii and LA - need help with benefits

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cabrinha2

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Hi guys,

I'm a new Virgin Platinum member and looking at travelling to Hawaii and LA next year and was hoping to travel with Virgin and the alliance to help keep my platinum status and the perks that come with that for the following year.

I also wanted to use my benefits whilst traveling, both the lounge access and extra luggage. So I need your help, will I receive Lounge access in Hawaii and LA if I fly the below? Also will I receive additional luggage overseas? I understand that in the States they charge you $25.00 per piece of luggage so trying to find the best option that works for me as it appears Qantas are a lot more competitive when it comes to flying to the states as they include the luggage and the fair it'self is about $150 cheaper per person. Plus the flight home is direct flying Qantas on the A380.

Below is my flight destinations :

July 2015 - Sydney to Hawaii Honolulu (Waikiki)

July 2015 – Honolulu (Waikiki) to LA

July 2015 – Fly from LA to San Fran

July 2015 - Fly from San Fran to Vegas

July 2015 – Fly from Vegas/LA back to Sydney


Hawaiian Airlines
HA 452Z 08JUL Sydney Honolulu Dep 2120 Arr 1110
HA 2Q 17JUL Honolulu Los Angeles Dep 1345 Arr 2200
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HA 17K 29JUL Las Vegas Honolulu Dep 0145 Arr 0505
HA 451K 29JUL Honolulu Sydney Dep 1240 Arr 1920 30JUL 4
Ticket - $2230 per person inc taxes

Will fly Jetblue/Virgin for LA to San Fran and San Fran to Vegas (about $200 each)

Total cost is $2434 per person

Qantas is with code share with American Airlines, and the fare would be $2290.00.

I just need your help and expertise as not sure if its worth to pay the little extra and get the points/status credit as well as receive lounge/luggage or not??


Thanks
 

SuzieQ68

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Below is my flight destinations :

July 2015 - Sydney to Hawaii Honolulu (Waikiki)

July 2015 – Honolulu (Waikiki) to LA

July 2015 – Fly from LA to San Fran

July 2015 - Fly from San Fran to Vegas

July 2015 – Fly from Vegas/LA back to Sydney


Hawaiian Airlines
HA 452Z 08JUL Sydney Honolulu Dep 2120 Arr 1110
HA 2Q 17JUL Honolulu Los Angeles Dep 1345 Arr 2200
///
HA 17K 29JUL Las Vegas Honolulu Dep 0145 Arr 0505
HA 451K 29JUL Honolulu Sydney Dep 1240 Arr 1920 30JUL 4
Ticket - $2230 per person inc taxes

Will fly Jetblue/Virgin for LA to San Fran and San Fran to Vegas (about $200 each)

Total cost is $2434 per person

Qantas is with code share with American Airlines, and the fare would be $2290.00.


From what I can determine, you will only have lounge access for the first and last legs of your trip (SYD-HNL / HNL-SYD), but no extra baggage included. I don't believe the remaining flights will qualify for lounge access (as you're flying HA) or additional baggage.

https://www.virginaustralia.com/au/en/experience/at-the-airport/international-lounge-access/

Have a look at the Velocity website link above and under status benefits for Platinum membership - should be able to assist you.

Cheers :p
 

ap_spd

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My two cents, if you value retaining Platinum status for years to come I would suggest that you stock up on all SC's you can. if unlike me you are a corporate traveler and believe you will be able to retain WP even if these SC's aren't granted then go with price...
although, access to lounge, however limited is a good place to have a sit and peace of mind.... :)
 
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