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Old 03-01-2013, 07:54 PM   #16
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we flew virgin and they were fantastic, no issues with them, and they got us to lax earlier than advertised.

we are flying virgin again this trip, and have booked seats at the rear of the plane.

for me, i fly with virgin australia as they do direct flights from my home airport, meaning less hassles with connections, and they offered the best price.

i would go with whichever option was the cheapest and had the least amount of pain (ie connection stress, layovers etc) for your family. at the end of the day, if i can save $$ to put towards another experience on the trip, and it results in less hassle for my family, that's the winning option for me
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:16 PM   #17
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we flew virgin and they were fantastic, no issues with them, and they got us to lax earlier than advertised.

we are flying virgin again this trip, and have booked seats at the rear of the plane.

for me, i fly with virgin australia as they do direct flights from my home airport, meaning less hassles with connections, and they offered the best price.

i would go with whichever option was the cheapest and had the least amount of pain (ie connection stress, layovers etc) for your family. at the end of the day, if i can save $$ to put towards another experience on the trip, and it results in less hassle for my family, that's the winning option for me
Thanks alicia1506 price is definitely going to be the overall winner, we have decided to fly out the day before and stay overnight in melbs or sydney incase there are issues connecting from Hobart..... which there usually is
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:25 AM   #18
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Qantas every time I can! (Except when I can fly Cathay Pacific).

Virgin only if it is the only airline with seats left...so barely NEVER.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:23 PM   #19
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They are both good as a gold or plat ff with both they really look after you. Of its a simple trip to lax then Virgin is usually cheaper , service very good and lounge at lax ok. If you are moving around the USA then qantas /aa and luggage and lounge benefits are hard to beat and unless there is a massive ( for us more then $200 pp diff) then we stick with qantas for the convenience.
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:18 AM   #20
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Aussiefamof5 - Others have already spoken about the difference in service and seating dimensions, I think a slight edge to Virgin but they're really much of a muchness. The big difference for us is their respective Frequent Flyer programs, particularly with a family in tow. Velocity (Virgin) has a function called family pooling. We have nominated DH to receive each family members points (earned for flights) and status credits (determines your FF membership level).

To give you a bit of an idea how this works, a MEL-LAX (one way) is 40 status credits each. From Tassie I imagine it would be at least 50 points or 250 for your family of 5. 250 points would get you a Silver membership. The most useful Silver entitlements are:
1 extra bag for the primary account holder (it's an excuse to shop more!),
50% points bonus for the primary account holder,
Priority check-in for the primary account holder and family (if on same booking),
Lounge access for 2 adults and children of account holder.

All this (and more) for you to utilise on your return leg!

We were Qantas snobs until last year and now we can't ever imagine going back.

P.S. They are also consistently cheaper than Qantas which is a huge bonus with a family.
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Old 03-05-2013, 03:56 AM   #21
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Aussiefamof5 - Others have already spoken about the difference in service and seating dimensions, I think a slight edge to Virgin but they're really much of a muchness. The big difference for us is their respective Frequent Flyer programs, particularly with a family in tow. Velocity (Virgin) has a function called family pooling. We have nominated DH to receive each family members points (earned for flights) and status credits (determines your FF membership level).

To give you a bit of an idea how this works, a MEL-LAX (one way) is 40 status credits each. From Tassie I imagine it would be at least 50 points or 250 for your family of 5. 250 points would get you a Silver membership. The most useful Silver entitlements are:
1 extra bag for the primary account holder (it's an excuse to shop more!),
50% points bonus for the primary account holder,
Priority check-in for the primary account holder and family (if on same booking),
Lounge access for 2 adults and children of account holder.

All this (and more) for tel
We were Qantas snobs until last year and now we can't ever imagine going back.

P.S. They are also consistently cheaper than Qantas which is a huge bonus with a family.
Minniemum thankyou for your insight thats great!!! Qantas definitely lack on the frequent flyer membership for families!!!
I have now got velocity membership for kiddies, and set up the family pooling........ BTW all for free Qantas sting you $89 for each one.
So looks like we will be building up those velocity points... as much to my partners cringing looks and shudders im planning our next trip to WDW before we leave for this one lol
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:16 AM   #22
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You can sign your kids up to qantas ff for free through woolworths everyday rewards,,you can transfer their points to one account. I don't think status credits are pooled though,
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You can sign your kids up to qantas ff for free through woolworths everyday rewards,,you can transfer their points to one account. I don't think status credits are pooled though,
Does this mean each kid gets their own everyday rewards card? I thought you may have to be a minimum age to do this.
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Yes they do, I don't think there was min age, my kids were 13. I don't think they have ever used their cards, but it's sorta cool to have a card with your name on it,
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Yes they do, I don't think there was min age, my kids were 13. I don't think they have ever used their cards, but it's sorta cool to have a card with your name on it,
Thanks for confirming. I will get both of my boys one.

You are right my six yr old thinks his velocity card is pretty cool because it is his!
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Between virgin and qantas it completely comes down to price and flight times.
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We are Virgin FF members. Between our travel and DHs work travel (which he can receive status credits for) we have 3 gold members. This means for our family of 6 we can get into lounges!! We tweak the pooling as to who needs the status credits. We have been flying Virgin (& partners) for 4 years now and have had very few problems.

Flying onwards in the US is easy with Delta in the same terminal that you arrive in at LAX, or a 5 minute walk across to the Virgin America terminal.

I have flown on an A380 before (Emirates) and while it was quieter with more toilets, not noticeably so to sway me from the airline that looks after me
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:45 AM   #28
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I know most of you have heard this all before, but Im torn between flying with Virgin Australia and Qantas. We will be flying economy as a family of five... 3 adults and two kidlets..... and cant decide between the both. Not to mention that we are departing from Tassie, so we have to factor in a phenomenal price just to leave the state.... we could fly to bali just for that sector alone LOL

Im looking for pros and cons for anyone who has flown with either recently.

Your help would be greatly appreciated
I have the exact same issue its ridiculously expensive for the trip from Tassie to Melbourne.

I have flow both and i like them both equally.

I am not very much help sorry.

The last time we flew united and loved it other than the fact they dont have in back of seat entertainment.

But we dont have children so its not so much of an issue for us.

Hope you have a great Holiday.

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We are Virgin FF members. Between our travel and DHs work travel (which he can receive status credits for) we have 3 gold members. This means for our family of 6 we can get into lounges!! We tweak the pooling as to who needs the status credits. We have been flying Virgin (& partners) for 4 years now and have had very few problems.

Flying onwards in the US is easy with Delta in the same terminal that you arrive in at LAX, or a 5 minute walk across to the Virgin America terminal.

I have flown on an A380 before (Emirates) and while it was quieter with more toilets, not noticeably so to sway me from the airline that looks after me
It definitely appears to pay off in terms of frequent flyer mileage, being able to pool all your credits, im keen to build that up with our family of 5 so virgin wins that hands down!!!
I dont have an everyday rewards card, so to sign my family up to qantas frequent flyers id need to pay $89.50 per person
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I have the exact same issue its ridiculously expensive for the trip from Tassie to Melbourne.

I have flow both and i like them both equally.

I am not very much help sorry.

The last time we flew united and loved it other than the fact they dont have in back of seat entertainment.

But we dont have children so its not so much of an issue for us.

Hope you have a great Holiday.

Lauren
Thanks Lauren, yes ive seen United are way cheaper, but unfortunately no in back seat entertainment im afraid it would send my family bonkers lol not a good start to our trip

At the end of the day price is gonna be the deciding factor for sure
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