• Top Virgin Australia Velocity credit card sign-up deals for September

    In the market for a new credit card that earns Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer points? Then take a look at this month's top deals, which place almost 900,000 bonus Velocity points on the table, with Australia's largest sign-up offer generating up to 205,000 Velocity points from a single ...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 5 Comments

  • The top perks of Virgin Velocity Gold for domestic economy flyers

    Virgin Australia Velocity Gold status is the target of many frequent flyers as it's easier to obtain than Platinum, while still providing many premium perks like airport lounge access and other priority benefits. This shiny Gold card is yours after earning 500 status credits and notching up four...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2018 3 Comments

  • Virgin Australia's direct flights between the Gold Coast and Perth

    Virgin Australia will launch direct flights between Perth and the Gold Coast from mid-December, albeit with a few caveats. The flights will run just twice a week, and across a seasonal roster from 13 December 2018 to 26 January 2019 rather than being a year-around service. Those flights will ...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2018 12 Comments

  • Using Virgin Australia Velocity points to book Delta flights

    When it comes to booking flights using your hard-earned Virgin Australia Velocity points, one option to consider for your next journey abroad is Delta. Offering flights from Sydney along with a broader international and US domestic network, Delta reward flights can be booked with minimal taxes a...

    POSTED 17 Sep, 2018 4 Comments

  • Qantas vs Virgin Australia: flexibility of points and cash upgrades

    Business class upgrades are perhaps the Holy Grail of frequent flyer programs, especially for business travellers stuck flying economy: there’s nothing quite as satisfying as using your points to switch your seat for one at the front of the plane. But if your plans change, what happens to ...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2018 7 Comments

  • Qantas vs Virgin Australia: how points-based reward seat fares compare

    You’ve earned a bucketload of Qantas or Velocity frequent flyer points thanks to smart credit card spending and lots of travel – now it’s time to treat yourself with a points-based reward seat. Here's a breakdown of how flight rewards under Qantas and Virgin Australia compare. ...

    POSTED 10 Sep, 2018 4 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines said to be eyeing larger stake in Virgin Australia

    Singapore Airlines is believed to be eyeing an increased stake in Virgin Australia, above its current 20%, through a bid for the 19.8% shareholding of China's HNA Group. Nanshan Capital, which also controls about a fifth of Virgin Australia’s shares, is also said to be interested in HNA's ...

    POSTED 31 Aug, 2018 36 Comments

  • Why Virgin's cabin baggage allowance is bad for business travel

    TALKING POINT | For many business travellers, flying without checked baggage saves lots of time on the road, whether by avoiding the airport check-in queues, making the most of perks like Fly Ahead to get home faster, or stepping straight out of the airport and onto the next meeting, with no bag ...

    POSTED 30 Aug, 2018 45 Comments

  • Qantas vs Virgin Australia: how their flexible economy fares compare

    In the world of business travel, as in life, the best-laid plans can and often do go awry. Having a flexible airfare will save both you and your business some significant headaches when there's the sudden unexpected need for some leeway in your travel schedule. While we’d all rather be fly...

    POSTED 29 Aug, 2018 20 Comments

  • Top Virgin Australia Velocity credit card sign-up deals for August

    With over 600,000 bonus Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points on the cards this month and up to 120,000 bonus points to be had from a single card application, giving your credit card points a 'health check' can help deliver not only a solid sign-up bonus when switching to a new card, bu...

    POSTED 21 Aug, 2018 2 Comments

  • Virgin Australia launches WiFi on trans-Tasman flights

    Virgin Australia is adding inflight Internet to all trans-Tasman flights as the airline steps up its fight against Qantas and Air New Zealand as the longtime foe and former beau launch their own alliance. WiFi will be available on all Virgin flights between Australia and New Zealand from October...

    POSTED 1 Aug, 2018 30 Comments

  • Melbourne-Hong Kong business class: Cathay Pacific vs Qantas vs Virgin

    With five daily flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong, this Asian corridor is one of Australia's busiest regional routes – and among the most competitive, with Cathay Pacific, Qantas and Virgin Australia in a three-cornered race. Here's how the Melbourne-Hong Kong offerings of each airli...

    POSTED 31 Jul, 2018 38 Comments

  • The Qantas status match for Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyers

    Looking to move across from Virgin Australia and its Velocity Frequent Flyer scheme to Qantas, or keen to hold status with both airlines? Then you'll want to know about the opportunity afforded by the Qantas' Tier Accelerator status match. The Qantas Tier Accelerator program is a fast-track to Q...

    POSTED 30 Jul, 2018 26 Comments

  • Your WiFi options for domestic Qantas, Virgin Australia flights

    For domestic business travellers, 2018 is shaping up to be The Year of WiFi. It's the year that has seen inflight Internet take off – quite literally so – as Qantas and Virgin Australia outfit their domestic jets with satellite tech which lets you stay online while you're en route. ...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2018 11 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to launch Newcastle-Auckland flights

    Virgin Australia will begin flying from Newcastle to Auckland from November this year, with the new seasonal route tapping into demand over the summer period. A Boeing 737 with eight business class seats, 30 Economy X seats and 138 standard economy seats will make the three hour trip every Tuesd...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2018 30 Comments

  • Qantas, Virgin Australia swing WiFi focus onto A330s

    While Qantas and Virgin Australia continue to expand their WiFi-equipped Boeing 737 fleet, both airlines are also stepping up the rollout of inflight Internet onto their larger twin-aisle Airbus A330 jets. By the middle of 2019, all domestic Qantas A330s plus domestic and international A330 flig...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2018 10 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to launch direct Perth-Hobart flights

    Virgin Australia will launch non-stop flights between Perth and Hobart from September, becoming the only airline to offer a direct service between the two cities. Running three times per week and with a flight time of around 4.5 hours each way, travellers will no longer need to connect via Sydne...

    POSTED 4 Jul, 2018 16 Comments

  • Virgin Australia resumes daily Melbourne-Hong Kong flights from Oct 28

    Virgin Australia will bring back daily flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong from October 28 2018, with the added appeal of an 11am departure from Melbourne replacing the current 12.30am (yes, that's half-after-midnight) wheels-up. The new roster sees flight VA69 outbound from Melbourne a...

    POSTED 2 Jul, 2018 14 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to use Etihad lounge for Sydney-Hong Kong flights

    With Virgin Australia's daily Sydney-Hong Kong flights taking off from July 2, the airline has finally confirmed which lounge it will be using at Sydney Airport's T1 international terminal. As widely expected, and now confirmed to by a Virgin Australia spokesperson to Australian Business Travell...

    POSTED 22 Jun, 2018 18 Comments

  • Virgin Australia expands 'on arrival' lounge access, with a catch

    Virgin Australia Lounge members now get lounge access after their flight 60 minute time limit for on-arrival access for Velocity Gold, Platinum Members of the Virgin Australia Lounge program can now access the airline’s network of domestic airport lounges after arriving on a...

    POSTED 18 Jun, 2018 41 Comments

  • John Borghetti resigns from Virgin Australia

    Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti has announced that he will step down from the role in 2020. In an announcement posted to the ASX, the airline said that Borghetti "has advised the Board that he will not renew his contract post 1 January 2020." "Mr Borghetti has signalled his desire to depart...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2018 60 Comments

  • Virgin Australia expands frequent flyer perks on Hainan, HK Airlines

    Virgin Australia's Velocity Gold and Platinum frequent flyers will finally gain access to airport lounges when travelling on some Hong Kong Airlines and Hainan Airlines flights from next month, as the airlines expand their existing partnership from July 2 2018. However, in most cases, including ...

    POSTED 4 Jun, 2018 15 Comments

  • Virgin Australia opens Perth Airport valet parking service

    Virgin Australia now offers valet parking at its Perth Airport T1 terminal, along the same lines as its current Premium Valet service at Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – albeit on a three-month trial through basis through to September. Perth's Premium Valet drop-off point is located adjace...

    POSTED 29 May, 2018 0 Comments

  • Sydney-Hong Kong business class: Cathay Pacific vs Qantas vs Virgin

    If you’re among the many business travellers who regularly jet between Sydney and Hong Kong, Virgin Australia is about to bring competition and choice to the Oriental route which has long been a two-horse race between Oneworld frenemies Qantas and Cathay Pacific. Virgin wants to carve out ...

    POSTED 22 May, 2018 43 Comments

  • Virgin Australia dials back South African airline partnerships

    Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer partnership with South African Airways will be revised in June to exclude codeshare flights operated by SAA’s partner airlines Airlink and South African Express. Currently, Velocity members can earn points and status credits on these flights...

    POSTED 10 May, 2018 12 Comments

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