• Gold & platinum frequent flyer benefits: Qantas vs Virgin Australia

    This article has been updated to take into account the recent relaunch of Velocity Rewards. Gold and platinum membership of a frequent flyer program is where the benefits really start to pile up -- but you have to spend a considerable amount with the airline to achieve it. We're tackling...

    POSTED 11 Nov, 2011 8 Comments

  • Silver frequent flyer benefits: Qantas vs Virgin Australia

    This article has been updated to take into account the recent relaunch of Velocity Rewards. As part of our series comparing the Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Velocity Rewards programs in  detail we've already examined what you need to do to earn silver, gold or platinum statu...

    POSTED 10 Nov, 2011 7 Comments

  • Qantas Club vs Virgin Lounge membership: which is better value?

    This article has been updated to take into account the recent relaunch of Velocity Rewards. This week we've been comparing the Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Velocity Rewards programs in close detail. Part of the lure of any frequent flyer program is lounge access, although this is typ...

    POSTED 9 Nov, 2011 2 Comments

  • Better for upgrades: Qantas Frequent Flyer or Virgin Velocity?

    Business travellers know that an important part of their frequent flyer program is the opportunity to upgrade from one class to another: economy to business domestically, or between economy, premium economy, business and first class when flying internationally. Australian Business Traveller has ...

    POSTED 9 Nov, 2011 4 Comments

  • Qantas vs Virgin: which is faster to silver, gold & platinum?

    Which Australian airline loyalty program -- Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer or Qantas Frequent Flyer -- gets you to that privileged silver, gold or platinum status faster? The status of your frequent flyer account brings with it extra-swanky benefits, no matter which class you're trav...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2011 2 Comments

  • What's the best frequent flyer program for international flights?

    Welcome to the second instalment of Australian Business Traveller's series this week comparing Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer (previously Velocity Rewards) programs.   Already we've taken a look at which frequent flyer program is best for dome...

    POSTED 7 Nov, 2011 2 Comments

  • The best frequent flyer program: Qantas vs Virgin Australia

    What's the best frequent flyer program in Australia: Qantas Frequent Flyer or Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer (also known as Velocity Rewards)? That's a question we're often asked, so we put together a series of articles to show how the two frequent flyer schemes compared based o...

    POSTED 7 Nov, 2011 5 Comments

  • Insider guide: best seats in business on Virgin Australia's A330

    Planning a flight between Sydney and Perth on Virgin Australia's flagship Airbus A330 "Coast to Coast" business class service between Sydeny and Perth, or cashing in some Velocity Rewards points? We've got the insider's guide to picking the very best seats on the plane -- and the ones to give a ...

    POSTED 25 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia brings business class flights to the Gold Coast

    Virgin Australia will start flights with business class to the Gold Coast towards the end of this year, with a snazzy new airport lounge set to follow. The move makes Virgin the only airline to offer domestic business class services to the Gold Coast, although the availability of business c...

    POSTED 8 Aug, 2011 12 Comments

  • Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines sharing lounges from today

    The marriage of Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia has been consummated today, with customers given access to both airlines' lounges, and both airlines able to issue tickets for each other's flights. From today, Singapore Airlines customers are able to connect to Virgin Australia's destinat...

    POSTED 1 Aug, 2011 2 Comments

  • Frequent flyer programs: which is best, Qantas or Virgin Australia?

    Over the previous week Australian Business Traveller has compared the Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Australia Velocity Rewards programs in minute detail. If you haven't had time to read all seven parts of the series, here's our executive summary. Earning points If you fly domestic economy a...

    POSTED 27 Jun, 2011 3 Comments

  • Ash cloud: Virgin Australia's Pacific Blue to recommence New Zealand flights today

    Update: 4.30am Monday June 27 Virgin Australia's Pacific Blue airline will recommence all New Zealand flights today, Monday June 27. Auckland flights will resume at 6am local time; Christchurch, Wellington, Queenstown, Dunedin and Hamilton services will begin at 10am local t...

    POSTED 27 Jun, 2011 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia's Velocity Rewards: the revamp has begun

    Virgin Australia has commenced a revamp of its Velocity frequent flyer program, following up yesterday's announcement of a new elite Velocity Platinum level with an overhaul of how the airline awards the 'status credits' which help members attain higher-privilege tiers of the Velocity scheme. ...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2011 12 Comments

  • Qantas begins Boeing 747 service between Sydney-Perth today, with Skybed business class

    Qantas will commence a daily Boeing 747-400 service between Sydney and Perth this morning, taking on challenger Virgin Australia over the popular coast-to-coast service. Virgin Australia began its own daily Airbus A330 flights with business class seats and service last week, as detailed in ...

    POSTED 30 May, 2011 7 Comments

  • Richard Branson: Virgin Australia direct Sydney-San Francisco flights "under consideration"

    Virgin Australia is looking to start direct flights between Sydney and San Francisco, with Sir Richard Branson admitting that the route is "under consideration" for the airline formerly known as Virgin Blue. Branson's comments, made during a press conference following the lau...

    POSTED 26 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's Asian airline partner: Malaysia, Singapore or Thai?

    Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti has been looking for Asian partners for his airline for some time.  In response to a question during a conference call with Australian Business Traveller this week Borghetti outlined the scope and timescale for his plans: "I mean all of Asia", he said, an...

    POSTED 13 May, 2011 5 Comments

  • The best seats in Economy Class on Virgin Australia's Boeing 737-800

    The Boeing 737-800 is the plane most often found on Virgin Australia's flights -- so here's Australian Business Traveller's guide to picking the best seat when you travel. Beware, though -- there are still a dozen or so of the shorter 737-700 planes in the fleet, which may be marked 73G on booki...

    POSTED 12 May, 2011 5 Comments

  • We'll be in Asia, and I mean all of Asia, by the end of the year: Virgin Australia boss

    Virgin Australia chief John Borghetti has recommitted to having airline alliances in place to reach all Asian destinations by the end of this calendar year. Speaking on a conference call following the US Department of Transport's approval of a codesharing deal between Virgin Australia and Delta,...

    POSTED 12 May, 2011 3 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to replace business and economy seats in current domestic aircraft

    If you liked the look of the leather seats in Virgin Australia's factory-fresh Boeing 737-800, here's good news: the airline is going to fit them into most of the current Virgin Blue aircraft. "The new Boeing 737-800 business and economy class interiors will be rolled out across the majorit...

    POSTED 6 May, 2011 0 Comments

  • Did Virgin Australia's TV ad girl arrive on a Qantas flight?

    We'd never want to suggest that people in the advertising industry have too much time on their hands, but we were tipped off by some insiders that there are some humorous anomalies visible in the new Virgin Australia ad if you watch carefully. For example, Virgin Australia girl is pictured being...

    POSTED 5 May, 2011 12 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

  • In-depth: full details of Virgin Australia's new seats and service

    The Australian Business Traveller team went over Virgin Australia's new Airbus A330 and Boeing 737-800 aircraft with a fine toothcomb yesterday to bring you an in-depth look at the details of the seats and service you're likely to encounter on the new Virgin Australia. The seats  ...

    POSTED 5 May, 2011 4 Comments

  • Video: Richard Branson introduces the new Virgin Australia

    Sir Richard Branson was guest of honour at today's launch of Virgin Australia, an airline which now firmly extends his aviation empire across the globe. We recorded his presentation for your viewing pleasure: Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti was up next, to flesh out some of the details on ...

    POSTED 5 May, 2011 0 Comments

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