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Is International Virgin Reward availability now worse that QANTAS?

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PlutekPlutek

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Do HKG flights become available on the website or only via phone. Looking for J HKG-SYD in late July but nothing comes up.
 

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Anyone know if any J reward seats AU-LAX have already been released for December/January? I obviously know that there's <1% availability atm but being 'optimistic' that they will release some eventually
 

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No. You can only get seats for LAX in J only a few days before departure. Otherwise nope.
 

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Do HKG flights become available on the website or only via phone. Looking for J HKG-SYD in late July but nothing comes up.

I find lots available via phone.. not much shows on website. Plenty of times it shows NIL on web but available on call up..just annoying
 

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I find lots available via phone.. not much shows on website. Plenty of times it shows NIL on web but available on call up..just annoying

That’s interesting - they can’t help at all with LAX bookings.... what status are you?
 

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That’s interesting - they can’t help at all with LAX bookings.... what status are you?

I am plat but it makes no difference.

All my USA travel is now CX with Alaska points,using life miles or VA transfers to Singapore air.

I have given up as the availability is so poor.
 

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Well I have made a decision. I am going to hold all my flybuys and Amex points and not transfer to Velocity. I received an email a few weeks ago saying I was in top 1% in collecting flybuys (do not know if this is just a ruse). If awards are better with Etihad then that is where they will head. 15% bonus is no use to me if I cannot get a decent seat even 330 days out.
 

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Well I have made a decision. I am going to hold all my flybuys and Amex points and not transfer to Velocity. I received an email a few weeks ago saying I was in top 1% in collecting flybuys (do not know if this is just a ruse). If awards are better with Etihad then that is where they will head. 15% bonus is no use to me if I cannot get a decent seat even 330 days out.
I believe that Flybuys can't be transferred to Etihad anymore.
 

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With the email suggesting ways to vote for the Freddies i thought there may have been an influx "how to vote rewards seats" but i guess not :(
 
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Sludge321- Any possibility of your Velocity LAX search coming back?
 

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Sludge321- Any possibility of your Velocity LAX search coming back?

Doesn't look like it I'm afraid, at least not in the short-term. I don't think it was actually that helpful for LAX business reward availability anyway - all it showed was that any business reward seats released for ~+330 days (if there even were any) were snapped up almost instantly, and then there was no real availability until a couple of days before the flight. So the best option is to check rigorously at ~+330 days, and if that fails and you're gold (and willing to risk it) maybe buy a freedom/premium fare and hope for an upgrade opportunity a couple of days out from the flight?

Economy rewards were pretty much available every day. I guess the tool would have been more helpful hunting for the rare but not completely gone premium reward availability.
 
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