Agree completely with the thread. In fact, I'm very close to switching my earning from QF to VA, based on recent NZ and SQ announcements. Most of my travel is domestic and T/T as well as south Asia and South Pacific.
I'm seriously considering switching my credit card earn and HHonors preferences. Also if Coles (and more importantly Coles/Shell) come on board then I would be very tempted, so long as status can be accrued on the likes of NZ, SQ, DL etc
The only downside for me is lack of lounge membership locations - nothing internationally?? As a student, Gold is just out of reach for me, but Silver isn't - yet lounge membership doesn't seem to offer much still
It was pointed out on another thread that the Delta Skyclub page now have a line indicating that Virgin Australia Club Members can access Skyclubs when on a VA or DL flight number. I am assuming that VA Club is the new name for the Lounge which further indicates that there may be a new Clubhouse coming to Aus for the use of VA and all partners.
Based on this agreement, I would hope an expect that the same will apply to Air NZs Koru clubs and Singapore's Krisflyer lounges eventually. I wonder if it is possible to get confirmation of this at this stage of all the potential agreements