• 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

  • Adelaide Airport gets new Virgin Australia lounge, expanded terminal

    Virgin Australia will open a brand new domestic lounge in Adelaide by 2021 as part of broader terminal expansion works at Adelaide Airport, which will also pave the way for a new multi-airline lounge in the international precinct and upgrades to other facilities for passengers jetting abroad. Al...

    POSTED 14 Jun, 2018 27 Comments

  • Travel tip: find new airport lounges via these online directories

    When travelling in business class or first class, or with a Gold or Platinum-grade frequent flyer card in your passport wallet, chances are you’ll have access to an airport lounge: and there’s an easy way to see which lounges you can enter by searching through various online directori...

    POSTED 18 May, 2018 3 Comments

  • Where can you use complimentary Virgin Australia lounge passes?

    Some high-end credit cards offer Virgin Australia lounge passes every year as one of their many perks: but when, where and how can you use these passes to enjoy an airport lounge visit? Here’s what you need to know about these lounge passes, such as given to Velocity Silver frequent flyers...

    POSTED 23 Apr, 2018 7 Comments

  • Who can use Virgin Australia Premium Entry in Sydney, Brisbane?

    Virgin Australia Premium Entry offers high-flying passengers quite literally a private entrance to the terminal at Sydney and Brisbane airports, dedicated security screening facilities and direct access to the Virgin Australia lounge, but the door list here is much more restrictive than the loung...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2018 26 Comments

  • Revealed: perks of 'The Club', Virgin Australia's secret VIP tier

    Over the Christmas / New Year break, Australian Business Traveller will be revisiting some of our most popular articles of 2017. We’re still around to report on any breaking news during this time, otherwise our regular publishing schedule will resume on Monday January 8, 2018. Private airp...

    POSTED 4 Jan, 2018 16 Comments

  • Photos: Virgin Australia gets new Hong Kong airport lounge

    Virgin Australia passengers have a new lounge to enjoy at Hong Kong International Airport as alliance partner Hong Kong Airlines opens the doors to its brand new Club Autus lounge this week. Found on the seventh floor of HKIA's Midfield Concourse, Virgin Australia business class guests plus Velo...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2017 37 Comments

  • Virgin Australia opens lounges to Qantas frequent flyers

    Qantas Gold, Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers – along with paid-up Qantas Club members – can now visit Virgin Australia lounges prior to Virgin Australia domestic flights when booked to fly in Economy X, as part of a promotion until the end of August. For rusted-on Roo trave...

    POSTED 27 Jun, 2017 32 Comments

  • How to get a lifetime of Virgin Australia lounge access

    Unlike Qantas, Virgin Australia doesn’t offer Lifetime Gold frequent flyer status to its most-travelled passengers – but does allow anybody to purchase a lifetime of Virgin Australia lounge access. The privilege doesn’t come cheap: you’ll need to fork out a whopping ...

    POSTED 26 Jun, 2017 21 Comments

  • Virgin Australia brings back Velocity Gold lounge access at LAX

    Virgin Australia’s Velocity Gold frequent flyers will once again enjoy airport lounge access in Los Angeles prior to their flights back to Sydney, Brisbane and soon Melbourne. Since one of Virgin's many recent 'lounge shuffles', Velocity Gold members have been stuck out in the airport...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2017 29 Comments

  • Virgin Australia changes airport lounge access in Los Angeles

    EXCLUSIVE | High-flying Virgin Australia passengers jetting home from Los Angeles will soon use a new airport lounge at LAX, under revised plans which take effect from next week. From Monday December 19, the airline’s Velocity Platinum members will shift from the Star Alliance First Class ...

    POSTED 15 Dec, 2016 33 Comments

  • Virgin Australia business class: new 'on arrival' lounge access

    Virgin Australia domestic business class guests can now access Virgin Australia lounges after their flight, joining the pre-flight lounge privileges already offered to high flyers. It’s a particular win for the airline’s ‘The Business’ passengers jetting overnight from Pe...

    POSTED 7 Nov, 2016 22 Comments

  • Can you bring friends and family into domestic airport lounges?

    Whether your friends and family are joining your travels or they’re merely seeing you off at the airport, you may be able to bring them with you into an airport lounge. Different airlines have different rules – which can also vary based on the type of ticket you’ve booked, your...

    POSTED 4 Nov, 2016 11 Comments

  • Virgin Australia ends Servcorp CBD Business Lounge access

    IN BRIEF | Virgin Australia Velocity Gold and Platinum members will no longer receive complimentary access to Servcorp CBD Business Lounges from December 1 2016. This little-known perk began in August last year, with top-tier travellers given one free CBD lounge visit per calendar month simply b...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2016 7 Comments

  • Virgin Australia shakes up international airport lounge access

    EXCLUSIVE | Virgin Australia's business class travellers and Velocity Gold and Platinum frequent flyers are about to be faced with a confusing array of lounges at Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane international airports. In changes which take effect from November 1 2016, the international airp...

    POSTED 27 Oct, 2016 50 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines lounge access at Canberra Airport

    Selected passengers travelling on Singapore Airlines’ new flights from Canberra to Singapore and Wellington can cool their heels in the Virgin Australia Canberra lounge – but that list won't include most Star Alliance Gold frequent flyers, including those of route partner Air New Zeal...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia upgrades Adelaide Airport lounge

    Virgin Australia expects to open a bigger and better lounge at Adelaide Airport this month, finalising an overhaul of the airline's domestic lounge network. The existing Adelaide lounge will gain room for an extra 40 travellers, lifting total capacity to 180 seats, with the addition of "Virgin A...

    POSTED 2 Aug, 2016 4 Comments

  • Visiting Qantas, Virgin Australia lounges after your flight

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Airport lounges aren't just for cooling your heels before your flight – they can also be a handy place to stop by at the end of your flight. Popping into a domestic Qantas or Virg...

    POSTED 1 Aug, 2016 18 Comments

  • 10 ways travellers can shave thousands off their tax bill

    It’s tax time again, and for many businesses that means one last chance to make any tax deductible purchases before the financial year comes to a close. Whether you head a large company or spend time on the road as a sole trader, here are 10 travel-related expenses that you may be able to ...

    POSTED 24 Jun, 2016 1 Comment

  • Virgin Australia offers free lounge access for over 60s

    For the next three months, Virgin Australia's airport lounges are rolling out the welcome mat to flyers over 60 years of age. The offer covers all of Virgin's domestic airport lounges except for Adelaide, and runs from June 1st to August 31st. 'Senior flyers' can kick back with a cuppa or a gla...

    POSTED 6 May, 2016 36 Comments

  • Is Qantas Club, Virgin Australia Lounge membership tax deductible?

    Airport lounges are a haven for business travellers, providing free Internet access and places to work, meet and recharge your devices – but did you know that Qantas Club and Virgin Lounge memberships can actually be a tax deduction? According to the Australian Taxation Office, lounge memb...

    POSTED 20 Apr, 2016 10 Comments

  • Qantas vs Virgin Australia: battle of the business lounge breakfast

    Breakfast: it's the most important meal of the day, and one that many business travellers tuck into at their favourite airport lounge. But how do those lounges compare in the breakfast stakes? In our exclusive 'Battle of the Business Lounge Breakfast' we set out to compare the morning fare at t...

    POSTED 18 Feb, 2016 13 Comments

  • Now pouring: Virgin Australia serves up spirits at Sydney lounge

    Spirits are now on the menu at Virgin Australia's Sydney lounge as the airline begins a trial of tipples for the business traveller and frequent flyer. Smirnoff Red vodka, Bundaberg Original U.P. (dark rum), Bacardi Superior (white rum), Johnny Walker Red Label Scotch Whisky and Gordon's London ...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2016 23 Comments

  • Virgin Australia reinstates Brisbane Premium Entry opening hours

    Update | Virgin Australia’s ‘Premium Entry’ facility at Brisbane Airport will once again be open from early mornings until late evenings on weekdays, operating the same hours as the airline's Brisbane lounge. However, a spokesperson for Virgin Australia has advised Austral...

    POSTED 20 Jan, 2016 49 Comments

  • This week's top frequent flyer news

    Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer members have reason to celebrate this week with a new way to use their points for upgrades to premium economy and business class, and with a brand new lounge in Perth opening its doors on Sunday November 22. On the other hand, American Airlines AAdvantage...

    POSTED 20 Nov, 2015 0 Comments

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