Virgin Australia - J Staus Run - SYD-BNE-MKY-SYD - Sat 28th Jan 12

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  1. gwilli1

    gwilli1 Established Member

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    #1 gwilli1, Jan 28, 2012
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    Her is my first TR for the status run SYD-BNE-MKY-SYD in J which I decided to do around the VA J Double SC & Points Offer.
    This trip consisted of a points+pay (6900 + $131) sector SYD-BNE-MKY & the return MKY-SYD was J fare - $509

    I had my alarm set for 5am, so it would give me plenty of time to experience the DJ Sydney Lounge . Alarm went , and I thought “just another 5 mins” . Anyway that 5 mins turned into 45 mins & I didn’t bound out of bed until 5.45am . Quick shower , had packed the day pack the night before , left home at 6.00 & was walking into the VA Premium Entry at 6.15am . I knew there was a plus to living close to the airport.

    VA Premium Entry.

    First time user of this & all I can say is WOW. It was so good not having to put up with the chaos that is associated with the main entry . Collected my boarding passes , was asked if I wanted a window or aisle ….Im a window man , so was allocated 1A for the flight to BNE. A quick scan, explosives test & straight into the Lounge .

    Sydney Lounge

    As I had snuck in the extra 45 mins sleep , my time in the Lounge was somewhat limited . I had a quick bowl of cereal & a juice, had a look around the Lounge , quite spacious , with only about a dozen PAX in there .

    Flight 1 – SYD-BNE

    Flt No. DJ909
    Scheduled Departure: 7.00am
    Actual Departure: 6.55am
    Gate:31
    Aircraft – 737-800 - VH-VUA – Refitted – Old Livery
    Takeoff on: RWY 16L
    Seat 1A
    No. PAX in J = 1 (me)

    Scheduled Arrival: 7.30am
    Actual Arrival: 7.20am
    Gate: 46
    Landed on: RWY 01

    Priority Boarding worked a treat and commenced at 6.35am.
    I was greeted by the CSM and was told the lovely Ms K (FA) would be looking after me today. I settled myself in , was offered the Weekend Australian & asked what I would like to drink prior to takeoff . I had a glass of water which arrived with the obligatory slice of lemon in it . Breakfast No. 2 was a Luke Mangan “inspired” Vegetable Fittata , Fruit Salad , Warm Croissant , Juice , water & a coffee.

    The trip was quite turbulent considering the weather we have had up & down the east coast for the last few days . The seat belt sign was only off for about 15 mins at the top of the cruise as we struggled to find a smooth cruising altitude. My coffee on the centre armrest spilt quite a bit due to the turbulence . FA was quick to notice and cleaned up, asked if I had any spilt on me , which it didn’t & promptly poured me a fresh coffee , albeit not as full as the first one . Arrived into a very wet BNE & made my way directly to the BNE Lounge.

    Brisbane Lounge

    I had about 90 mins to kill before my flight to MKY, which gave me a bit longer to really absorb what the VA Lounge has to offer. I hooked into the free wifi and proceeded to get breakfast No.3 (lucky I like my breakfast) . Had another small plate of cereal, freshly brewed latte, juice & checked out the pancakes…gotta love the pancake machine.
    A good size lounge, smaller than Sydney but quite busy. Spent most of the time on the net catching up on a few AFF threads from overnight.

    Flight 2 – BNE-MKY

    DJ605
    Scheduled Departure: 8.55am
    Actual Departure: 8.55am
    Gate : 40
    Aircraft – 737-700 - VH-VBK – Not Refitted – Old Livery
    Take off on RWY 01
    Seat 2A
    No. PAX in pseudo J(really PE) = 4

    Scheduled Arrival: 10.25am
    Actual Arrival: 10.27am
    Landed on RWY 14

    Priority Boarding worked a treat and commenced at 8.35am. I was greeted by Ms J (CSM) and she would be looking after me today. As I expected, no refit on this aircraft, with the old PE setup. But the upside to this was I had live2air , which I do use & IMO is a must on any trip.
    I settled myself in, the Weekend Australian was waiting for me again. Decided on the OJ this time for pre takeoff drink. I was advised by Ms J that the refreshment on the way up was a warm ham & cheese croissant & was also offered anything else from the menu .My croissant came with a fruit salad & coffee. In addition I had the Luke Mangan “ Karma Juice”. Looks terrible, tastes ok.

    The trip was a little turbulent out of BNE for 15-20 mins, but relatively smooth flying after that. Arrived at a slightly overcast MKY , still plenty of sun & you have to love the humidity…NOT !

    Mackay Lounge

    A great setup for a regional lounge . Very clean, well stocked & still has a new smell about it. Very close to the Boarding gates also . Had a couple of glasses of Sauv Blanc and a bowl of potato chips , followed by a toasted ham, cheese , tomato & seeded mustard sandwich . I was very early , so there was just 2 PAX in the lounge initially , another 6 arrived in a little later closer to departure times for the BNE & SYD flights.

    Flight 3 – MKY-SYD

    DJ1472
    Scheduled Departure: 13.50pm
    Actual Departure: 13.59pm
    Aircraft – 737-800 - VH-VOK – refitted – New Livery
    Take off on RWY 14
    Seat 1A
    No. PAX in J = 2

    Scheduled Arrival: 17.05pm
    Actual Arrival: 17.10pm
    Gate: 31
    Landed on RWY 7

    Priority Boarding worked a treat and commenced a little late at 13.40 pm. I was greeted by Mr M (CSM) . I settled myself in again, No Weekend Australian this time . I was offered the mocktail this time as my pre takeoff drink. I was advised by Mr M that the refreshment was a warm ham & cheese croissant ( by this time I was over ham & cheese & croissants) instead I asked for the Gorment Pie and also managed to down a couple of Fat Yaks. I was offered the digeplayer & sat back & watched the movie “The Cup”, which I just scrapped in by a few mins to finish before landing.

    The trip was a little turbulent out of MKY and it felt like a very quick accent. There we quite a few turns dodging a little bit of weather. Arrived into an overcast SYD, crossing the city to line up to RWY 07 . Arrived at the Gate at 17.10pm , in my front door at home at 17.30pm .

    Overview

    Overall, quite a good trip . The crew on all flights were fantastic , courteous & professional . The consistency in the J product is nearly there and that’s basically referring to the 737-700 a/c that operated the BNE-MKY that wasn’t refitted. In terms of the J product I experienced on the two 737-800 sectors, it was spot on.
    The lounge staff , particular in Mackay were great. Loved the Sydney Premium entry & Priority boarding works a treat .

    This trip I gained 120 SC and 7635 Velocity Points. As a result , I maintained Silver again & now only 50 SC short of hitting Gold , which I will click over in a few months time with other flights I have already planned.
     
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  2. Moopere

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    Great trip report. Thanks for sharing.

    I might be wrong here, others will correct me, but I thought Points + Pay on DJ didn't earn any status or VFF ... certainly my recent J P+P are listed on Velocity as "(Not Valid For Earn)" They are still great value though.

    Unless I'm way off the mark, the trip MKY-SYD will be your only status earning leg, 888 miles, so 60SC and as its domestic $509 * 5 = 2545 VFF.
     
  3. gwilli1

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    Your correct i won't earn any points or SC on my Points + Pay , only on my $ 509 Business fare

    The 120SC & 7635 Points are based on the Double Points & SC Business offer .

    SC - Business earn MKY-SYD (891 miles Zone 2 ) = 60 x 2 = 120
    Points- Earn is 509 x 5 x 2 = 5090 + 50% Silver status Bonus = 2545. Therefore 5090 +2545 = 7635 Points
     
  4. Moopere

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    Ah, yup, thanks. I'm having such a weird weekend. Can't seem to get my head around any concepts at all ... good thing I stayed in and wasn't driving about.
     
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  5. Pooch

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    Thanks gwilli1 ... I'm looking forward to this run ... Particularly as it'll get me pretty close to maintaining WP :rolleyes: (gotta love the status match offer!)
     
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  6. MichaelD

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    Did you get a call the night before from Virgin offering either a 50% discount on this flight or a change in flight to one with proper J fitted?
     
  7. gwilli1

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    #7 gwilli1, Jan 29, 2012
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    No I didn't . The reason for that maybe because i changed my flights under the 24 hour period . i had originally booked & planned to do the run on Tues 31st Jan , but had to bring it forward at the last minute to Sat 28/1 .
     
  8. MomoWang

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    Great report gwilli1. I also did a Status Run yesterday and need to do a report. I might 'borrow' your format :)
     
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  9. Ozvirginuk

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    Nice TR GWilli1.

    My OH and I will be trying out the DJ J experience on SYD-OOL in a few weeks, and I'm really looking forward to it. After my last few miserable QF experiences I am hoping for good things...

    Q - did you really get the SYD-BNE-MKY sector for 6900 points + $131? If so that's amazing for J..

    Cheers
    Oz
     
  10. gwilli1

    gwilli1 Established Member

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    Yes its a bargain for a J experience. Standard points + pay is 21800 points +$21 for SYD-MKY via BNE, but this can be adjusted to the minimums points of 6900 +$131. Picked this tip up from fellow AFFers. :D See link below to thread which will help you out.

    http://www.australianfrequentflyer.com.au/community/virgin-australia-velocity/very-cheap-business-class-points-35741.html
     
  11. Fifa

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    I really enjoyed reading your TR - thanks so much!
     
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    And activity has been posted.




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    30 Jan 12 28 Jan 12 Sydney-Mackay (Not Valid For Earn) 0 0 0 0
    30 Jan 12 28 Jan 12 Mackay-Sydney 120 2,545 5,091 7,636
     
  13. Tuddy

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    i didn't know 737-800s did the mky-syd runs. was it full enough (in your humblest of opinions) to warrant such a large aircraft?
     
  14. gwilli1

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    The route is normally serviced by the E190 . When i was looking at doing a status run around the J Double SC & Points offer , I noticed that VA had scheduled a 737-800 / 700 on a few days during Jan / Feb . The flight was approx 65-70% full , so around 115-120 PAX which exceeds max pax for the E190(100)
    A couple of thoughts why ..
    1) they changed the a/c based on fwd bookings
    2) Maybe E190 out of service due to various reason / maybe even for refit / livery change
     

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