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Melbourne Airport

We have eight hours to wait between our flight from Kuala Lumpur to Christchurch.Is there a business class lounge we can pay to enter for a bit of comfort?

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1. Re: Melbourne Airport

I think United sell one-time passes for admittance to their lounges. Check with them.

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There are no 'pay to use' lounges at Melbourne airport. You have to be a member or flying Business Class.

Eight hours is long enough to leave the airport and have a quick look around the city. Skybus will take you around 20 minutes to get into the city. http://www.skybus.com.au/

If you are transiting for only 72 hours you can get a free transit visa but quite frankly, it's easier to get an eVisitor visa that will cost nothing.

http://www.immi.gov.au/Visas

United don't have a lounge in Melbourne, they share ANZ Koru Lounge. From the website:

>>Access

Passengers travelling in business class internationally or across the Tasman on Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia or Star Alliance airlines have access to the lounge.

Frequent flyers get in as well, although the rules are a little complicated:

Velocity Gold and Platinum members have access when flying Air NZ or Virgin Australia, except to the Pacific Islands. Officially you don't have access when flying on Singapore Airlines.

Virgin Australia Lounge program members only officially have access when travelling trans-Tasman with Virgin or Air NZ, but again, not to the Pacific Islands.

Air New Zealand Airpoints Gold or Gold Elite frequent flyers and Koru Club lounge program members are, of course, allowed into their own airline's lounge.

Star Alliance Gold cardholders get in as well, but officially only have access when flying on a Star Alliance flight.

Etihad Guest Gold and Gold Elite frequent flyers also have access, though the rules state that's only when flying on Etihad or Air NZ.<<

Edited: 07 November 2013, 23:53
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Eva may be right, but I think it is still worthwhile checking with United. The united website certainly seems to indicate you can buy a united one time pass and use it in Melbourne.

Priority Pass also sell access to the lounge.

united.com/web/…default.aspx

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4. Re: Melbourne Airport

What time of the day do you arrive in Melbourne? Obviously, the time of the day will affect if you should leave the airport or not.

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5. Re: Melbourne Airport

Good advise from post #2. Get on the skybus which drops you off in Spencer St. Use the tram

located in Bourke St to travel up Bourke St, alight at corner of Bourke/ Swanston then have lunch/ dinner in any restaurants in Swanston St or Little Bourke where Chinatown is located. It's better than waiting at the airport for 8 hours. Besides there is very limited eateries at the airport.

This is the link to skybus.

http://www.skybus.com.au

Buy a return ticket, allow enough time to return to the airport, customs etc. At KL just check your luggage thru to NZ so all you'll carry in Melbourne is your hand luggage.

Oh you'll need a Myki card to travel on the tram. Just ask at the airport where to purchase it or use the taxi when you arrive at the shuttle terminus.

Enjoy Melbourne!

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6. Re: Melbourne Airport

If you are with two separate airlines and cant check your luggage through, there is luggage storage at the airport in T2 - near the Virgin arrivals.

Melbourne is a compact and flat city and easy to walk. If you combine your feet with the free City Circle tram and the Tourist Shuttle bus ($5), you probably wouldn't even need a MYKI card for just a couple of hours.

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7. Re: Melbourne Airport

I think Navy asks a very important question , i.e. what time of the day do you arrive in Melbourne? It is also equally important to ask you what time your flight leaves as you could be affected by peak hour traffic etc. Please advise so that we can help you more.

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