Velocity Plat reward flight with Etihad - MEL to LHR- Lounges/Perks?

stevied71

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Hi All,

Hope you can advise, it's been so long since I've flown that I've forgotten most of the tricks and tips I picked up from you lot!

Partner and I are off to the UK in mid July.

Booked MEL to LHR using velocity points for Etihad operated flights EY416 & EY19.

Virgin issued ticket, Cabin: Economy ⋅ Class: N

I'm still Velocity Platinum until status review at the end of July.

I've checked other forum posts and I think my status will allow us into The House in Melbourne, which appears to be open now.

I'm not sure about Abu Dhabi, from what I've read it seems you need to be in business or first to gain access to lounges. We've got a 3 hours transfer so probably won't have time anyway.

Can anyone advise if we do/not have lounge access on this fare?

Also can you advise if there any other perks I haven't considered - priority check in, security lanes, extra luggage, carry on, etc.?

Many thanks!

Steve.
 

Sludge321

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I imagine you should have lounge access in both Melbourne and Abu Dhabi:


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RadioBusinessTraveller

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I imagine you should have lounge access in both Melbourne and Abu Dhabi:


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SYD

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VA Platinum should get you into EYs 1st Lounge in AUH.

VA Golds (in whY) seem to get shafted.
 

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You’ll get into the House in Australia and the 1st lounge in AUH (as others have pointed out). It was pretty novel travelling on discount Y yet having access to the EY 1st lounge. We had a sit down meal on both transits, which meant we didn’t have to suffer the awful food on board. The duck was absolutely divine.

I was asked if I wanted to put my name down for a massage but I wasn’t really in the mood.

We don’t get the roomier seats as plats though. Sadly even the lounge staff couldn’t wrangle it.
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stevied71

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Thanks for your input!
You’ll get into the House in Australia and the 1st lounge in AUH (as others have pointed out). It was pretty novel travelling on discount Y yet having access to the EY 1st lounge. We had a sit down meal on both transits, which meant we didn’t have to suffer the awful food on board. The duck was absolutely divine.

I was asked if I wanted to put my name down for a massage but I wasn’t really in the mood.

We don’t get the roomier seats as plats though. Sadly even the lounge staff couldn’t wrangle it.
Thanks for the info and looking forward to the duck!

How long was your transit in Abu Dhabi? We've got just under three hours, is that enough time to experience the 1st lounge? Did you need to clear any security/immigration?
 

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How long was your transit in Abu Dhabi? We've got just under three hours, is that enough time to experience the 1st lounge? Did you need to clear any security/immigration?
I'll chime in here.
EY AUS-UK connection are usually very quick - less than three hours.
Once you de-board the plane - you pass a security check and will be on your way.

The First Class Lounge is in the middle of the airport - expect 5 minutes walk if you are passing the security controls at T1 and 30s walk if you pass them at T3 depending where the aircraft is docked.

I found that 2h30 was more than enough - I had time to have a nice shower and a breakfast. The lounge was completely empty so the service was very attentive and quick.

On my way back to France in December - the lounge was open the morning only so I had a great time.

On my way back to Australia, the lounge was only open from 4AM to 10AM so it was closed. I had access to a roped area for Plat and First Class Guests in the T3 Business lounge and it was the same menu + a butler. I was alone in the area so was looked by everyone while sipping my champagne - haha.

Have a great time there !
 

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Thanks for your input!

Thanks for the info and looking forward to the duck!

How long was your transit in Abu Dhabi? We've got just under three hours, is that enough time to experience the 1st lounge? Did you need to clear any security/immigration?
I’d say 3 hours is enough. Bear in mind that some of that time may be taken up getting the bus to and from the plane. The lack of air bridges for our transits was the most irritating thing about our flights. It was one of the reasons I chose to go with SQ to Europe next month.

Yes to security. That took quite some time.
 
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