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WTF? Virgin Australia selling lifetime Lounge access for $10,000!

By David Flynn     Filed under: brisbane airport, Melbourne airport, Sydney Airport, Virgin Australia, Virgin Australia Lounge

We like Virgin Australia's funky new airport lounges. We're always happy to spend a few hours in them.

But would we hand over $10,000 of the hard-earned in order to ensure lifetime entry?

Would you, for that matter?

Because a cool $10k – well, $9,750 to be exact – is what Virgin is asking in exchange for "the opportunity to invest in a Lifetime membership to the Virgin Australia lounge, securing access for life."

If you're 60 years or over you get a discount to $6,750, because 'lifetime access' has a bit less pull when you're just a few decades away from The Final Boarding Call.

The deal also includes lifetime access to the Sydney lounge's direct kerbside entry, private security screening and check-in plus reciprocal access to Air New Zealand lounges in Australia and New Zealand when flying trans-Tasman and within New Zealand, but still...

In the words of the great Australian philosopher Darryl Kerrigan, "Tell 'em they're dreaming!".

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About David Flynn

David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

 

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1 on 30/11/11 by Al

Virgin CAN'T be serious about this. $10,000? Whoever buys this has 'sucker' stamped on their forehead!!

2 on 30/11/11 by julseo

haha, i bet you there will be some people purchasing this!

3 on 30/11/11 by Jack

They may as well live at the airport, get a life, seriously.

4 on 30/11/11 by am

Is there any other way to get lifetime access (like QFF Lifetime Gold?). 

1 on 30/11/11 by Al

No AM, I asked Virgin about lifetime status when I shifted my business travel to them but they don't have any lifetime status right now.

You know, I could maybe see the sense in buying lounge access for a few years if the price was right and if you weren't platinum or gold, which means Virgin will need to wait a year and let all the complimentary Qantas memberships drop off their list. If you didn't think you could maintain Gold or Platinum then maybe for $2000 you might buy lounge membership for two years. But to drop $10 grand in one hit, even for lifetime membership, forget it!

5 on 30/11/11 by mrmaxwell

While I wouldn't personally pay the money wasn't Qantas selling lifetime QC membership for around $6k several years ago when you could still buy it rather than earn it? Adding inflation seems about right, whether or not QC and DJ are equal offerings can be debated.

6 on 1/12/11 by danielt25

you can get membership to Virgin Lounge through various travel agents that have corporate associations with virgin at $269 or so pa. eg. medical societies, law societies etc. So $10,000 seems very steep, unless you consider yourself flying for the next 40 years or so, and sticking with virgin!

7 on 28/7/12 by sambo517

Back in the  90's, the Co I was employed with @ the time shelled out $4200+ for my QC Life membership. It was my TA,they paid to me ..

As for shelling out $10K, I do know some-one did just that...Yes it was their "OWN" money, not Travelling Allowances, dont know if I 'd go that far...

 

 

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