This is my first ever post. I am a Virgin Velocity Gold member with about 100,000 points at present. I need to travel from Perth / Darwin to Dublin from 16/17 Dec and return to Perth / Darwin, leaving Dublin on 11th Jan 2017. I had done some research and thought you could upgrade to business using points but I don’t think that is possible. Virgin use Etihad as a codeshare partner and have said I cannot upgrade unless I book all the way with virgin leaving from Brisbane or Sydey. Is this correct ?
What is the likelihood of booking an economy fare with either virgin or Etihad and being upgraded (if flight is busy) as I am a gold member ? Does that count or not at all?
Also, I would land in terminal 3 in Abu dhabi and terminal 2 in Dublin. Can I use the Etihad lounges as I am gold ?
Thank in advance