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. During non-pandemic times, there are also showers and business facilities and Virgin’s Sydney and Brisbane lounges even boast premium entry points which allow eligible flyers to bypass the airport terminal and clear security in the lounge.
Velocity 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!
Virgin Australia Lounge Network
Virgin Australia has lounges at 7 Australian domestic airports. These are located in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra.
Prior to COVID-19, the airline also used to operate lounges in Darwin, Cairns, Mackay, Alice Springs and Wellington. But 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 Business Class passengers also enjoy access. Velocity Silver members receive two annual single-use passes.
Paid-up lounge members and Velocity Gold members can also bring in one guest. Platinum Velocity members are entitled to up to 3 additional guests. Unlike Qantas, Virgin does not provide a guest allowance to Business class passengers.
Lounge Access on Arrival
Virgin Australia normally offers lounge access on arrival to Business class passengers. You can also use the lounge at your destination if you’re a Velocity Platinum member, or “subject to space availability” as a Velocity Gold or paid-up Lounge member. However, arrivals access has been suspended during COVID-19. Otherwise, there was a 60-minute time limit for these passengers.
Paid Virgin Australia Lounge Membership
If you don’t quite fly enough to earn Gold status, the airline normally offers annual lounge membership for a fee. However, new memberships are not available as of March 2021 due to COVID-19.
Prior to COVID-19 there was a $330 joining fee, which gets waived if you have Silver Velocity status or are renewing your existing lounge membership. There’s also an annual membership fee of $420, which is reduced to $300 for Velocity Silver members. This is not a bad deal if you already have Silver status and regularly travel on Virgin Australia domestic flights (but not enough to earn Gold Velocity status).
Single Entry Passes
Virgin Australia also normally 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 Virgin 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!
Virgin Lounge Access with Credit Cards
Several Australian credit cards come with two annual lounge passes. These include the Amex Velocity Platinum and Virgin Money Velocity High Flyer cards.
The Amex Platinum charge card goes a step further, offering complimentary Virgin Australia Lounge membership with unlimited access. This card also happens to come with unlimited Delta SkyClub, Priority Pass and Amex lounge access!
Virgin Australia Lounge Membership vs Qantas Club Membership
Paid Virgin Australia lounge membership is cheaper than an equivalent Qantas Club membership. (Although, you can get a Qantas Club discount using the AFF corporate scheme.)
However, Virgin Australia has a much smaller network. 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).