Jetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2454 posts, RR: 4 Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4215 times:
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Quoting RW170 (Thread starter): Virgin America first class passengers are now able to use the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at SFO (for a $40/day fee). Is this the beginning of an alliance/codeshare?
Wow. Not about the announcement but about the $40. That seems a little steep considering people only arrive like 2 hrs prior to departure.
Still waiting on Club Blue (hey a boy can dream can't he?)
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Gte439u From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 360 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3996 times:
Quoting DL767captain (Reply 4): That's definately another perk compared to many domestic airlines, and i'm sure their lounge is much nicer, maybe we will see UA start something to compete
Given that one must pay $40/day to use the VS Clubhouse, it is not much of a perk. Although fare paying F class passengers on most domestic flights are not entitled to use the lought (e.g. Crown Room, World Club, etc.), one can buy a day pass for $30 to $50.
Alangirvan From New Zealand, joined Nov 2000, 2103 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3799 times:
Quoting JetBlueAUS (Reply 5): Quoting Alangirvan (Reply 3):
SFO would be a good choice, because of more connection possibilities on VX network.
SFO would be a good choice, but not so much because of the connection possibilities on the VX network. VX only flies to about seven destinations.
Some of the seven destinations VX has out of SFO, would be good points for connecting to/from V.Australia. I am guessing that V. Australia will fly to both LAX and SFO, though maybe not starting both at the same time. NYC, Washington, Seattle, Las Vegas would be a good network to start. I think Brett Godfrey (CEO of Virgin Blue) is good friends with people at Jet Blue, so I am sure V. Australia will have more than one partner. If VX or B6 develop a similar partnership to the one JetBlue has with Aer Lingus at JFK, using the West Coast gateways, that will be good for passengers.
Pixuk From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 322 posts, RR: 3 Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3602 times:
The Virgin Atlantic SFO Clubhouse is definitely worth $40 on top of the VX F ticket price. The Clubhouse not only has the usual lounge offerings such as showers, bar and business centre, but a full à la carte menu, cooked to order and computer games for the kids, free WiFi and an impressive range of cocktails. All at no extra charge. Even though SFO's Clubhouse is a fraction of the size of the flagship Virgin lounge at Heathrow, it's still managed to win the Best Clubhouse title over its larger sibling with the V-Flyer folk.
As the Clubhouse is normally reserved for VS's most frequent flyers and those paying an $8000 Upper Class fare, I'd say $40 on top of your $200 SFO-LAX F was a pretty good deal.
I could use a Priority Pass card to get into a free lounge at SFO, but given the option, I'd happily pay $40 and get to the airport earlier that normal to enjoy the Clubhouse. Like turning left at the aircraft door - once you've done it, it gets a bit addictive.
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21313 posts, RR: 60 Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3415 times:
Quoting Pixuk (Reply 10): The Virgin Atlantic SFO Clubhouse is definitely worth $40 on top of the VX F ticket price. The Clubhouse not only has the usual lounge offerings such as showers, bar and business centre, but a full à la carte menu, cooked to order and computer games for the kids, free WiFi and an impressive range of cocktails. All at no extra charge.
Yeah, I thought about that after a while. VS lounge is a full service lounge, and when you factor in two drinks and a dinner at any airport, $40 isn't bad, since you also have showers, wifi, a nice lounge, TV, newspapers, magazines, etc.
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SFOnative From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 209 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3413 times:
Quoting Jetblueguy22 (Reply 1): Wow. Not about the announcement but about the $40. That seems a little steep considering people only arrive like 2 hrs prior to departure.
True, but once more dots are added to the VX route map in the coming years, this service will be more popular. I don't see the harm in offering it early. Can be used as another bargaining chip for future business or simply just another feather in VX's hat!