In August last year we noticed that Velocity award availability had dropped markedly for Virgin Australia flights between Australia and the US.

Up to that point, Virgin’s flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Los Angeles were a ‘go to’ spot for those with points to burn and looking to get to the US in Premium Economy or Business Class – but their Business Class upgrade meant that availability was taken offline.

Given that the first of the upgraded Virgin Australia 777’s are now operating on the route I thought it’s worth looking once again at the full availability calendar between Australia and the US to see if we can draw any conclusions on improvements.

This morning we searched for 1 and 2 passengers from Sydney and Brisbane to Los Angeles, for travel in Premium Economy and Business Class.

All up, the picture is nowhere near as bad as last year, with Virgin Australia / Velocity making the following numbers of seats available:

- Sydney – Los Angeles has 30 days with at least 1 Business Class seat
- Brisbane – Los Angeles has 91 days

Premium Economy availability from Brisbane is especially good as well.

When we ran this search last August:

- Sydney – Los Angeles had 22 days with at least 1 Business Class seat
- Brisbane – Los Angeles had 36 days

Caveat: of course this availability can change at any time, and I haven’t performed searches for the return leg or for more than two passengers.

All up, it seems like the picture is a little rosier with the new 777’s coming online, with both improved Business Class and Premium Economy cabins.

Get hunting those award seats if you’re looking to travel to the US. Here’s the full list of availability as the morning of 11th May:

Dates | SYD - LAX NON-STOP | BNE - LAX NON-STOP | ||
---|---|---|---|---|

Premium Reward | Business Reward | Premium Reward | Business Reward | |

11/05/2016 | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

12/05/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

13/05/2016 | Available - 2 or more | N/A | Available | Available - 2 or more |

14/05/2016 | N/A | Available | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

15/05/2016 | Available - 2 or more | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

16/05/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available |

17/05/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

18/05/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

19/05/2016 | Available | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

20/05/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

21/05/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

22/05/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

23/05/2016 | Available - 2 or more | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

24/05/2016 | Available - 2 or more | N/A | N/A | N/A |

25/05/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

26/05/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

27/05/2016 | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

28/05/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

29/05/2016 | Available - 2 or more | N/A | Available | N/A |

30/05/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

31/05/2016 | Available - 2 or more | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available |

01/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

02/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

03/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

04/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

05/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more |

06/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

07/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

08/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

09/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

10/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

11/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

12/06/2016 | Available - 2 or more | N/A | N/A | N/A |

13/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

14/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

15/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

16/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

17/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

18/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

19/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

20/06/2016 | Available - 2 or more | N/A | N/A | N/A |

21/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

22/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

23/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

24/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

25/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

26/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

27/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

28/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

29/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

30/06/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

01/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

02/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

03/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

04/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

05/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

06/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available |

07/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

08/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

09/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

10/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available | N/A |

11/07/2016 | N/A | Available | N/A | N/A |

12/07/2016 | Available - 2 or more | Available | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

13/07/2016 | Available - 2 or more | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

14/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

15/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

16/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

17/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

18/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

19/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

20/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

21/07/2016 | N/A | Available | N/A | N/A |

22/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

23/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

24/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available |

25/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

26/07/2016 | Available - 2 or more | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

27/07/2016 | Available - 2 or more | N/A | Available | Available - 2 or more |

28/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

29/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available | N/A |

30/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available |

31/07/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

01/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

02/08/2016 | Available - 2 or more | N/A | N/A | N/A |

03/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

04/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

05/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

06/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

07/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

08/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

09/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available | N/A |

10/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

11/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

12/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

13/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

14/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

15/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

16/08/2016 | Available - 2 or more | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

17/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

18/08/2016 | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

19/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

20/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

21/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

22/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

23/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

24/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

25/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

26/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

27/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

28/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

29/08/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

30/08/2016 | Available - 2 or more | N/A | N/A | N/A |

31/08/2016 | N/A | Available | N/A | N/A |

01/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

02/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

03/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

04/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available |

05/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

06/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

07/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

08/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

09/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

10/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

11/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

12/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

13/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

14/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

15/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

16/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

17/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

18/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

19/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available |

20/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

21/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

22/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

23/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

24/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

25/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available |

26/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available | N/A |

27/09/2016 | Available - 2 or more | N/A | N/A | N/A |

28/09/2016 | Available | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available |

29/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

30/09/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

01/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

02/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available |

03/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

04/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

05/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

06/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

07/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

08/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

09/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available |

10/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available |

11/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

12/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available |

13/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

14/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available |

15/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

16/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

17/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

18/10/2016 | Available - 2 or more | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

19/10/2016 | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

20/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

21/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

22/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

23/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available |

24/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

25/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

26/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

27/10/2016 | Available - 2 or more | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available |

28/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available |

29/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

30/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available |

31/10/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

01/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

02/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

03/11/2016 | Available - 2 or more | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available |

04/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

05/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

06/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available |

07/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more |

08/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

09/11/2016 | Available | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

10/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

11/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

12/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

13/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more |

14/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available |

15/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

16/11/2016 | Available | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

17/11/2016 | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available | Available - 2 or more |

18/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

19/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

20/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

21/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available | Available - 2 or more |

22/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available |

23/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available |

24/11/2016 | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

25/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

26/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more |

27/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more |

28/11/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

29/11/2016 | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available | N/A |

30/11/2016 | Available - 2 or more | N/A | N/A | N/A |

01/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

02/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

03/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

04/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

05/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

06/12/2016 | Available - 2 or more | N/A | N/A | N/A |

07/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

08/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

09/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

10/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

11/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

12/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

13/12/2016 | Available - 2 or more | N/A | N/A | N/A |

14/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

15/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

16/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

17/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

18/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

19/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

20/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

21/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

22/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

23/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

24/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

25/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

26/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

27/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

28/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

29/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

30/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

31/12/2016 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

01/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

02/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

03/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

04/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

05/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

06/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

07/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

08/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

09/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

10/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available | N/A |

11/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

12/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

13/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

14/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

15/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

16/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more |

17/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

18/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

19/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available | N/A |

20/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

21/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

22/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

23/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

24/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available | N/A |

25/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

26/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

27/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

28/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

29/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

30/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more |

31/01/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available | N/A |

01/02/2017 | Available | Available | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

02/02/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available |

03/02/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available |

04/02/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

05/02/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

06/02/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available | Available - 2 or more |

07/02/2017 | Available | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

08/02/2017 | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

09/02/2017 | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

10/02/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

11/02/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

12/02/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more |

13/02/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

14/02/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

15/02/2017 | N/A | Available | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

16/02/2017 | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

17/02/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

18/02/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

19/02/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

20/02/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more |

21/02/2017 | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

22/02/2017 | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

23/02/2017 | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

24/02/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

25/02/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available |

26/02/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available |

27/02/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

28/02/2017 | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

01/03/2017 | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

02/03/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

03/03/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available | Available - 2 or more |

04/03/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

05/03/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more |

06/03/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

07/03/2017 | Available | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

08/03/2017 | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

09/03/2017 | N/A | Available | Available - 2 or more | N/A |

10/03/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

11/03/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A |

12/03/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more |

13/03/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

14/03/2017 | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

15/03/2017 | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

16/03/2017 | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

17/03/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

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19/03/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more |

20/03/2017 | N/A | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

21/03/2017 | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

22/03/2017 | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

23/03/2017 | N/A | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more | Available - 2 or more |

24/03/2017 | N/A | N/A | N/A | Available |

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