Virgin Australia lounge in Cairns

QF is $48-49 more than VA which is interesting
For that $48 dollars, you'll get lounge (tiered or club member), a meal on board, and in the near future free wifi enabled for international flights.

On the flip side: $69 dollars for the Marhaba lounge if you must have a lounge, lets call it $20 dollars for a snack and drink off the Jetstar...opps I mean Virgin menu (same supplier), and roughly circa $20-30 dollars for wifi for the entire flight.
 
For that $48 dollars, you'll get lounge (tiered or club member), a meal on board, and in the near future free wifi enabled for international flights.

On the flip side: $69 dollars for the Marhaba lounge if you must have a lounge, lets call it $20 dollars for a snack and drink off the Jetstar...opps I mean Virgin menu (same supplier), and roughly circa $20-30 dollars for wifi for the entire flight.
I would expect to get a reasonable meal on board VA, flying business. And I don't really mind using my Amex card or PP to get lounge access. I'm thinking of the Marhaba over Amex, as I've found the service and attitude in Amex lounges to sometimes be less than optimal.

There was never an option of flying QF on this trip, as it's a Mileage Plus award at minimal cost, using the Excursionist Perk (virtually a free trip). So I guess I'll just have to put up with all the inconveniences, and will look forward to enjoying the NZ domestic lounge on arrival at ZQN (I'm flying onward to a domestic destination - TRG).

Still, it's a bit sad that Virgin doesn't see providing lounge access for International flights as important. It will put me off buying International revenue tickets with them.
 
I would expect to get a reasonable meal on board VA, flying business. And I don't really mind using my Amex card or PP to get lounge access. I'm thinking of the Marhaba over Amex, as I've found the service and attitude in Amex lounges to sometimes be less than optimal.

There was never an option of flying QF on this trip, as it's a Mileage Plus award at minimal cost, using the Excursionist Perk (virtually a free trip). So I guess I'll just have to put up with all the inconveniences, and will look forward to enjoying the NZ domestic lounge on arrival at ZQN (I'm flying onward to a domestic destination - TRG).

Still, it's a bit sad that Virgin doesn't see providing lounge access for International flights as important. It will put me off buying International revenue tickets with them.
You're clearly not their target market. They're going for the value choice so some things are stripped with that pricing.
 
I just don't understand the thinking behind not providing lounge access for business class or high status passengers when flying internationally, especially on their longest route (CNS-HND) using a narrowbody aircraft! In what universe is that acceptable? I will never choose to fly VA internationally and they won't even be a consideration if there is no lounge access provided.
Batik Air, Virgin Australia's direct 'Value Carrier' rival in the region doesn't provide lounge access for most international routes, only on selected international routes (through Contract lounges) out of DPS and CGK (both ID/OD) on the most expensive fares and some selected overseas contract ports (namely PER)
 
You're clearly not their target market. They're going for the value choice so some things are stripped with that pricing.
But their pricing sometimes does not reflect that, but with only 8 seats in business I guess they can wear it. Time will tell, I expect.

Who will be the lucky buyer of VA?
 
But their pricing sometimes does not reflect that, but with only 8 seats in business I guess they can wear it. Time will tell, I expect.

Who will be the lucky buyer of VA?
Dynamic pricing like all other companies. Most flights are full depending on destination so there will always be people who travel.

I don't really speculate with "who will be" it does nothing 🤔
 
I’d still be happy with a pay per use lounge or something, if VA never intend to use it again. Better than nothing. I somehow think it would be very hard to spin a dollar from it however.
 
I’d still be happy with a pay per use lounge or something, if VA never intend to use it again. Better than nothing. I somehow think it would be very hard to spin a dollar from it however.
The international lounge actually has been picked up by a paid operator (Escape Lounges), They have done a minor renovation and signed a contract with SQ which means at this point the lounge is SQ exclusive (although soon to be opened to other paid passes).

VA had a second lounge in Perth (down in the charter gates) with was picked up and now a paid contract lounge however I’d say it only survives because of the mining foot traffic.
 
Was dropping family off at CNS today and asked the Manager at check-in if there was any word of any possibility of Domestic VA Lounge reopening, and it was a disappointed No. But did encourage submitting feedback to VA to request it, I guess in the hope of demonstrating demand/desire.
 
Off to CNS this week and despite QF WP1 (+ lounge) and VA WP (- lounge) the difference in fares was ~$700. QF even using Alliance's Embraers and charging through the nose (smells just like the BNE-CBR route to me).

So I went with VA. Will be spending more time in the air than in the terminal so I'd rather pocket the saving tbh...

I wouldn't expect VA lounge to reopen in CNS anytime soon...
 
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The food/drink places in Cairns domestic aren’t bad, for $700 you can get quite a lot of beer plus some food.
Yes you can. But is that the point? I'm sure many pax using airlines that provide status lounge for international and.domestic flights could say the same no matter where they are in the world. However they choose status, and lounge. For example I use the available BA lounges (and third party) because of status however I could probably save myself a lot just by using the champagne bars at Heathrow and not flying with One World. Likewise as Platinum with VA, where they have lounges at various airports including the gold Coast, a lounge at CNS would be useful. I'm still not sure really what the VA model is to be honest. Do they want biz pax to take them seriously or not?
 
Do they want biz pax to take them seriously or not?
For VA (and even QF) it’s safe to say that routes to/from Cairns aren’t there biggest business traffic routes.

It’s also fair to say that even QF doesn’t have lounge access at ports with larger populations (like the Sunshine Coast, an area with more than double the option). You’d think with a much larger catchment they’d be looking to offer business travels of the Sunshine Coast a lounge?
 
For VA (and even QF) it’s safe to say that routes to/from Cairns aren’t there biggest business traffic routes.

It’s also fair to say that even QF doesn’t have lounge access at ports with larger populations (like the Sunshine Coast, an area with more than double the option). You’d think with a much larger catchment they’d be looking to offer business travels of the Sunshine Coast a lounge?
I think about 14 departures each day from Cairns. I know airlines that offer lounges for less.
 
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