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Just want to confirm what I am reading is correct for Koru access in Sydney and then Queenstown when on VA flights.

On the VA site against ANZ lounge access it says VA gold is allowed 1 guest. Then under children policy it says all children under 12 in addition to guest.

So if I have my child u12, plus one adult guest, plus their child u12, all four should be granted access?
(same flight, different PNR).

Anyone done this without any hassles? I just don't want to have a heated discussion at the front door :)

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I don't see any problem with that I have seen families with 2 parents 2 children come through with a single gold velocity.
 
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Just want to confirm what I am reading is correct for Koru access in Sydney and then Queenstown when on VA flights.

On the VA site against ANZ lounge access it says VA gold is allowed 1 guest. Then under children policy it says all children under 12 in addition to guest.

So if I have my child u12, plus one adult guest, plus their child u12, all four should be granted access?
(same flight, different PNR).

Anyone done this without any hassles? I just don't want to have a heated discussion at the front door :)

thanks
There is absolutely no problem with this. As VA Gold I guested my wife and 3 kids into the Koru lounge at least 20 odd times before wifey hit gold/platinum. AirNZ really look after families in that respect.
 
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VA gold is allowed 1 guest. Then under children policy it says all children under 12 in addition to guest.
I think I was gold when I guested my wife, child 1 (over 12) and child 2 (under 12) into the Koru. Of course if they refuse you, the chances are it will be more pleasant for you! ;)

I agree, no problems getting my 4 kids into the Koru Club.
And I though you and Shrek only had Fergus, Farkle and Felicia........

Was I wrong to start a sentence with "and"?

 

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Anybody know the children rules for virgin lounge members? Is it strictly 1 guest whether they are children or not?
 
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Anybody know the children rules for virgin lounge members? Is it strictly 1 guest whether they are children or not?
VA lounges is one adult guest (over 12) and two children under 12. My experience is however, the 12 rule is not strictly applied and although it doesn't appear to make mention in the T&Cs about member guest entitlements to Koru, my experience also is that they apply the same rulings. However, I have status which is clearly described with Koru access whereas lounge members are not mentioned on the child policy page. I think that is just an accidental omission, but it may be wise to ring and check.

When you actually think about it, since a person must be a Velocity member to buy lounge access and to be a Velocity member, a person must be at least 18, the child age policy should be under 18 rather than 12 (IMHO).

From VA Child policy page:

Child Access Guide
In addition to your normal membership entitlement, Velocity Platinum and Gold members can bring two children aged between two and 12 years, and all infants under two years of age, into Virgin Australia domestic lounges, free of charge.
Business class guests are not entitled to any guest allowance, unless travelling companions (which include children aged two or over) are also booked on a business class ticket. Infants under two years old are exempt.
For lounges operated by our partners or third party operators the following Child Access policy applies for Velocity Platinum and Gold members.

Air New Zealand owned lounges
All children under the age of 12, in addition to your guest entitlement


From the VA terms and conditions:

7. d) Each Member and Velocity Gold Member may invite one Guest, and two children aged 2 – 12 years inclusive to accompany the Member to the lounge at no charge. and;

8. a) Reciprocal access to selected Air New Zealand Lounges in Australia and New Zealand is available to Members travelling on trans-Tasman flights (to or from New Zealand) on Virgin Australia, Virgin Australia (NZ), Virgin Australia (SE Asia) and Air New Zealand marketed and operated flights and within New Zealand on Air New Zealand flights.
 
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One guest. Children under twelve are allowed over and above the guest entitlement.
PF, From the text mentioned above, that is correct for Gold and Platinum status members, but for some reason, paid lounge members are not mentioned. I believe you are correct, but I'm not actually sure as for the short time I was a lounge member only, I did not try Koru access (and it was years ago and many changes have since happened).
 
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PF, From the text mentioned above, that is correct for Gold and Platinum status members, but for some reason, paid lounge members are not mentioned. I believe you are correct, but I'm not actually sure as for the short time I was a lounge member only, I did not try Koru access (and it was years ago and many changes have since happened).
Can confirm that these rules were recited to me at AKL/SYD/ZQN in the past couple of weeks. I had one child under twelve and two over travelling with two VA Plats.

As you state though this may well be a status entitlement and not extend to VA Lounge members.
Apologies to the OP as I misinterpreted their question and assumed VA Status.
 
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Can confirm that these rules were recited to me at AKL/SYD/ZQN in the past couple of weeks. I had one child under twelve and two over travelling with two VA Plats.

As you state though this may well be a status entitlement and not extend to VA Lounge members.
Apologies to the OP as I misinterpreted their question and assumed VA Status.
I assumed much the same, thinking to myself, this question is fairly basic......until I noticed lounge member rather than status and when I checked, I understood why this seemingly easy question was asked. The various pages mention lounge member briefly, but for lounge members travelling with kids OS (NZ is the only place with reciprocal lounge membership rights without status) it seems to be very unclear as to the members entitlement. I must admit to assuming it would be at least two kids under 12, but I'm not sure.
 

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Sorry yes, I didn't word my question very well. Was meaning if you were velocity lounge member without status whether you still could get the kids into koru too. My brother wants to purchase lounge membership for his yearly family ski trips to NZ (not a big flyer other times of the year) and was trying to decide between koru or virgin lounge membership. 2 adults & 2 kids (under 12).
 
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Sorry yes, I didn't word my question very well. Was meaning if you were velocity lounge member without status whether you still could get the kids into koru too. My brother wants to purchase lounge membership for his yearly family ski trips to NZ (not a big flyer other times of the year) and was trying to decide between koru or virgin lounge membership. 2 adults & 2 kids (under 12).
To be sure, you'd probably be best to ring them. Koru is not much of a lounge. In fact when I fly out of BNE Int on short haul, I prefer to sit in the terminal and watch the people parade than sit in the uninspiring Koru lounge. If I were your brother, I'd save the cash and spend it on the holiday.
 

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Sorry yes, I didn't word my question very well. Was meaning if you were velocity lounge member without status whether you still could get the kids into koru too. My brother wants to purchase lounge membership for his yearly family ski trips to NZ (not a big flyer other times of the year) and was trying to decide between koru or virgin lounge membership. 2 adults & 2 kids (under 12).
You worded it well , I just wasn't paying full attention.
I agree with swanning_it that lounge membership doesn't really seem like great value for a once a year ski trip. Depending on the Airport he flies from there are a few options for lounge access. Koru club has paid day passes available and there is always the Amex Lounge at SYD which might be an option if he has an eligible card.
 
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