Virgin Australia Lounge, Adelaide
Virgin Australia Lounge, Adelaide. Photo: Matt Graham.

Virgin Australia operates a network of 7 Australian domestic airport lounges. These stylish lounges offer complimentary food and drinks, free wifi and a comfortable place to wait for your flight.

Velocity Frequent Flyer Gold and Platinum members enjoy unlimited lounge access when flying with Virgin Australia. Entry is also available to Business class passengers, paid-up lounge members and even certain credit card holders departing on a same-day Virgin flight.

This guide contains everything you need to know about Virgin Australia lounge access and membership!

The Lounge Network

Virgin Australia has lounges at 7 Australian domestic airports. These are located in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra.

Virgin Australia Lounge locations
Virgin Australia Lounge locations as of March 2021.

Note: Lounges may be temporarily closed when there are COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in force at that destination.

Prior to COVID-19, the airline also used to operate lounges in Darwin, Cairns, Mackay, Alice Springs and Wellington. Unfortunately, these locations have closed permanently.

Who Gets Complimentary Virgin Lounge Access?

Complimentary Virgin Australia Lounge access is offered to Gold and Platinum Velocity members when flying with Virgin Australia or an eligible partner airline. Virgin Australia Business Class passengers also enjoy access and Velocity Silver members receive two annual single-use passes.

Paid-up lounge members and Velocity Gold members can also bring in one guest with them. Platinum Velocity members are entitled to up to 3 additional guests. Unlike Qantas, Virgin does not provide a guest allowance to Business Class passengers.

Virgin Australia Lounge entrance, Adelaide
Entrance to Virgin’s Adelaide Lounge. Photo: Matt Graham.

Lounge Access on Arrival

Virgin Australia normally offers lounge access on arrival to Business class passengers, Velocity Platinum members, or “subject to space availability” to Velocity Gold and Virgin Australia Lounge members. But arrivals access has been suspended during COVID-19. Previously, there was a 60-minute time limit for these passengers.

Paid Virgin Australia Lounge Membership

If you don’t quite fly enough to earn Velocity Gold status, the airline offers annual lounge membership for a fee. Virgin had suspended selling new lounge memberships until recently, but these are once again available as of July 2021.

Virgin Australia Lounge membership costs $399/year. As of July 2021, the joining fee (previously $330 for Velocity Red members) has been removed. You can purchase a lounge membership on the Virgin Australia website.

The airline also sells lifetime lounge membership for $9,750 (or $6,750 for people aged over 60 years old), although this is unlikely to be worthwhile for most people.

Single Entry Passes

Virgin Australia also sells one-time entry passes at the door. These can be purchased for $65 – the same as the price charged for additional lounge guests above a member’s normal entitlement. But lounge access with a single-entry pass is only available within 2 hours of the flight’s departure. You’d need to eat a lot of food (or drink a lot of beer or wine) to get your money’s worth!

If you’re considering purchasing one-time lounge access, you may find it more cost effective to upgrade to Business class instead, giving you complimentary lounge access with your ticket. You can do this by redeeming Velocity points or bidding for an upgrade.

Virgin Australia Lounge, Perth
Virgin’s Perth lounge. Photo: Matt Graham.

Virgin Lounge Access with Credit Cards

Several Australian credit cards come with two annual Virgin Australia lounge passes. These include the Amex Velocity Platinum and Virgin Money Velocity High Flyer cards.

The Amex Platinum charge card goes a step further, giving complimentary access to Virgin Australia lounge locations. This card also comes with unlimited Delta SkyClub, Priority Pass, Plaza Premium and Amex lounge access!

Virgin Australia Lounge Membership vs Qantas Club Membership

At $399 per year, paid Virgin Australia lounge membership is cheaper than an equivalent Qantas Club membership. Qantas Club membership costs $600/year, in addition to a one-off $99 joining fee. (Although, with the AFF corporate scheme, you could get discounted Qantas Club membership for just $442.80 per year.)

However, Australia’s second-largest airline has a much smaller lounge network than Qantas. The airline operates only 7 airport lounges in Australia, while Qantas operates 24 domestic lounges. Qantas Club members also get access to a sizeable overseas lounge network. This includes American Airlines Admirals Club lounges and airport lounges at all Qantas international destinations.

Virgin Australia Lounge membership is best suited to flyers who mostly travel between major cities in Australia and fly with Virgin Australia enough to earn Silver status (but not quite enough to reach Velocity Gold).

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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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