I've been checking daily for about 2 weeks and even today can see PLENTY of rewards (economy) between MEL/SYD - LAX/SFO on UA with miles, but almost none through VA on the same dates/routes.Once you find a reward on United, go to the VA website to book the same flight using your VFF pts
Sometimes the stock won’t match exactly and there’s less availability for codeshare partners, but I’ve found so far VA has all the same rewards as United
Yes, they are. Ranging from 100k - 200k miles + taxes, depending on the class of travel.
I can't see further info as I don't hold MileagePlus m'ship.
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I'm not liking this at the moment... DL always had a couple of reward J seats 325-330 days ahead.
Per above post, minus the pre-COVID VA services.Very early days but at least theoretically by the number of seats getting rewards on UA should be easier. Later this year there should be up to 5 daily flight from AU to US vs just 1 on DL
We're booked on DL next month for the first time (awards). Friends that have flown both DL and UA have unanimously rated DL as their preferred airline between the 2 in economy. Separately to lounge access though, what you will have with UA over DL is priority boarding, additional baggage allowance and status printed on your boarding pass.Anyone has any opinions on going to USA via DL Y or UA Y? I am looking at VA awards but J is definitely not available for family of 4. I heard that UA is worse but I can get access to lounge in SYD as VA Gold. DL is better but I won't have access to lounge .......
Not really 'private' per se.United has now integrated VA flights into their system when a stopover is required at Sydney or Melbourne to get on a UA flight. Also has Qantas/Jetstar flights. Sounds like the private deal with QF/UA will still continue.
We're booked on DL next month for the first time (awards). Friends that have flown both DL and UA have unanimously rated DL as their preferred airline between the 2 in economy. Separately to lounge access though, what you will have with UA over DL is priority boarding, additional baggage allowance and status printed on your boarding pass.
When Virgin announced the partnership was ending I considered booking on UA, but at A$6600pp return (economy) the DL awards flights won. Prices are crazy right now! I have managed to book my husband on UA in J class from Toronto back to Melbourne for A$6900, when the flight from LAX was $9800 if booked separately. DL was charging $22k for the same route... so... I hope you manage to find a good deal for your family We flew QF earlier this year and it was over $4k each!