• New Virgin Australia lounges in 2012 for Sydney, Gold Coast

    Update | Virgin Australia has now opened its Gold Coast lounge, click here for our photo gallery and report. Previous | Virgin Australia will continue its push to woo business travellers and frequent flyers this year with new airport lounges at Sydney and the Gold Coast, while its Perth lounge w...

    POSTED 4 Jan, 2012 4 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to build 'flagship' lounge at Sydney airport

    Virgin Australia is set to transform its well-worn lounge at Sydney Airport into a 'flagship' lounge spread over two floors. Speaking at today's Virgin Australia annual general meeting, CEO John Borghetti confirmed "we will commence work on a new flagship lounge at Sydney domestic airport". The...

    POSTED 23 Nov, 2011 4 Comments

  • Virgin Australia opens its lounges to Qantas Frequent Flyers

    In a canny move to tempt Qantas' most coveted customers, Virgin Australia is giving Qantas Frequent Flyer gold and platinum members full access to its new lounges in Melbourne and Brisbane as well as Sydney's premium lounge entry. The trial program, which began in late May, has no...

    POSTED 27 Jul, 2011 7 Comments

  • Qantas vs Virgin Australia: who has the best business lounge breakfast?

    With over two million Australians each year criss-crossing the country on business flights it's little wonder that Qantas and Virgin Australia are busy spruiking their business lounges and superchef-designed menus by the likes of Neil Perry and Luke Mangan. So when you’re off on another mo...

    POSTED 7 Jul, 2011 3 Comments

  • Virgin Australia Lounge membership opens doors to AirNZ Koru lounges

    Passengers on Virgin Australia are set to enjoy greater access to Air New Zealand's Koru lounges, and vice versa, as the airlines launch their full trans-Tasman alliance later this month. Members of Virgin Australia's The Lounge program will gain entry into Air New Zealand domestic Koru lounges ...

    POSTED 4 Jul, 2011 1 Comment

  • Virgin Australia offers premium economy upgrade plus lounge access from $35

    In what is easily Australia's best value upgrade deal, Virgin Australia is offering passengers an upgrade to premium economy plus one-off airport lounge access for prices starting at $35 – or for trading in 3,900 Velocity points. It's part of a Premium Economy Taste Test promotion whi...

    POSTED 27 Jun, 2011 6 Comments

  • Virgin Australia hikes airport lounge fees

    Membership to the Virgin Australia Lounge program – the challenger airline's equivalent to The Qantas Club – is set to rise by an average of 20%, and the price of one-off lounge passes will almost double, from August 1. Virgin Australia will also end its relationship with the global ...

    POSTED 16 Jun, 2011 4 Comments

  • Virgin Australia ends Priority Pass lounge access

    Update: Virgin Australia has advised Australian Business Traveller that "following further discussions with Priority Pass, we have agreed to extend Priority Pass access to Virgin Australia lounges to July 31", representing a two-week extension to the date previously listed on their website. ...

    POSTED 15 Jun, 2011 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia: redefining the airline lounge

    Prior to the opening of Virgin Australia’s new lounge at Melbourne Airport, Australian Business Traveller sat down with Tim Greer of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects to discuss how he set about designing the lounge.  One lounge, many moods An airport is a place of movement, Greer exp...

    POSTED 24 May, 2011 3 Comments

  • Photo gallery: Virgin Australia's new Melbourne airport lounge now open

    Virgin Australia has opened the doors of its slick new lounge in Melbourne Airport – and if you want proof that this is a very different airline to the old Virgin Blue, look no further. The Lounge features a contemporary, light and airy design created by Australian architectural firm Tonki...

    POSTED 23 May, 2011 5 Comments

  • New Virgin Australia lounge at Melbourne airport opens this week, Brisbane in July

    Update The new Virgin Australia lounge at Melbourne Airport is now open – and it's a knockout. The AusBT team has seen plenty of airport lounges in our travels and this one's truly world-class in its design. Check out our photo gallery for a first look! Previous The first of Virgin ...

    POSTED 22 May, 2011 2 Comments

  • Virgin Australia lounge upgrades: new Luke Mangan menu

    Virgin Australia has rolled out its upgraded lounge menu, with award-winning Aussie chef Luke Mangan challenging Qantas consulting chef Neil Perry in a Masterchef-style contest for Australia's airline business lounges. So what's new? It's not a total overhaul – many of the staples rem...

    POSTED 20 May, 2011 2 Comments

  • Virgin Australia reveals new Luke Mangan meals for airport lounges

    Update: We now have a rundown plus pics of the new Luke Mangan food, wine and snacks at Virgin Australia lounges. In Brief: Virgin Australia today launched an all-new selection of meals and wines designed by Aussie masterchef Luke Mangan at its airport lounges in Sydney, Canberra, Adel...

    POSTED 19 May, 2011 0 Comments

  • Tested: Virgin Australia 'fast track' check-in, security channel and lounge access at Sydney Airport

    From kerb to lounge in under two minutes? That's the promise of Virgin Australia's 'Premium Entry' facility at Sydney airport – a first for Australian airlines, providing express arrivals for the airline's premium passengers.  After being dropped off by taxi at the direct ke...

    POSTED 15 May, 2011 11 Comments

  • Virgin Australia's Melbourne and Brisbane airport lounges to get 'priority access' security lane

    Virgin Australia's upgraded lounges in Melbourne and Brisbane airports will include dedicated security channels for the benefit of business travellers and frequent flyers. In a presentation to the Macquarie Investor Conference today, Virgin Australia listed "Brisbane and Melbourne priority ...

    POSTED 6 May, 2011 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia readies all-new airport lounges for Melbourne and Brisbane

    Update: Australian Business Traveller can now confirm that both the Melbourne and Brisbane lounges will feature a dedicated 'priority access' security lane, along similar lines to the 'fast track' system that Virgin recently introduced at Sydney Airport. Previous: Virgin Aust...

    POSTED 5 May, 2011 0 Comments

  • Virgin Blue Melbourne and Brisbane airport lounge closures: updates

    We've seen a surprising increase in the number of people muttering about the Virgin Blue lounges in Melbourne and Brisbane being closed, with particular complaints about the lack of decent alternative food, drink and workspace options for business travellers. Virgin Blue is promising a revamp on...

    POSTED 21 Apr, 2011 0 Comments

  • Virgin Blue planning express security lane for Melbourne Airport lounge?

    Melbourne could get its own twist on of Virgin Blue’s ‘fast track’ Sydney lounge when Melbourne Airport’s renovated lounge in Terminal 3 re-opens next month. Australian Business Traveller has been tipped that the new lounge may provide streamlined lounge-to-gate access wi...

    POSTED 20 Apr, 2011 1 Comment


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