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Award Redemption Redeem VX Points for VA flights to/fr Australia

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by mishyq, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. mishyq

    mishyq New Member

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    Ben just published a post saying VA will begin flying LAX-MEL. But he has also appeared to indicate that VA award availability for LAX-Australia flights is very elusive and generally only become available ~1 week before trip.

    I have tried searching some forums on DP but cant find many.
    Does anyone have any recent successful experience in such redemption to share?
    If yes, how far out did you book (e.g., 11 months in advance)?

    Basically, I just would like to have some realistic expectations on using VX points to get VA business class seats to or from BNE/SYD/upcoming MEL.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Tiffany

    Tiffany One Mile At A Time

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    You'll want to book 11 months out (but space is still very rare then), or 7 days before departure, realistically.
     
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  3. mishyq

    mishyq New Member

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    Thank you Tiffany
    For 7 days before departure, how many seats typically become available during then?
     
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  4. Tiffany

    Tiffany One Mile At A Time

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    Two, sometimes more. Depends on flight loads, really.
     
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  5. mishyq

    mishyq New Member

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    thanks Tiffany. and would you recommend the delta website as the award search tool to discern VA availability? or is there any others?

    seems like VX may not see seats sometimes even though DL shows availability
     
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  6. Tiffany

    Tiffany One Mile At A Time

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    That's the best option, sadly.
     
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  7. mishyq

    mishyq New Member

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    thanks Tiffany!
     
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  8. BAGMA

    BAGMA New Member

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    Hey Tiffany, I have actually been trying to call in and check the availability and so far it seems like you can only book direct flights with VX while delta may show the ones with a layover (LAX-BNE-SYD). Not sure if I should keep HUCA or if this is what you are seeing too.

    B
     
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  9. MidSouth Skier

    MidSouth Skier Well-Known Member

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    I would HUCA. As long as there is partner award availability they should be able to book it. Can they see the segments individually?
     
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  10. mishyq

    mishyq New Member

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    @BAGMA, how many months out did you manage to secure an availability?
     
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  11. BAGMA

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    I am trying to book a trip to Syd in March next year. For now I used AA miles for economy flight out as everything else has been ironed out. I was trying to just trying to find a more comfortable flight there :). In terms of availability I have not seen anything past 1 week.

    @MidSouth Skier - Looks like HUCA works out of 3 calls 1 worked in the end. They do not take individual flight information according to 2 reps and the last one just found it automatically.

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