Virgin Australia lounges: access rules explained

Virgin Australia lounges: access rules explained

With Virgin Australia boasting an array of partner airlines, each with its own frequent flyer scheme and status-based privileges, it can be confusing trying to determine exactly who is eligible to use Virgin's growing network of Australian lounges.

With the assistance of Virgin Australia, we've pulled together the official Virgin lounge doorlist. If you're on it, you're in!

Lounge access for Virgin Australia travellers

Virgin Australia business class passengers: well, that goes without saying, although travellers in the pointy end have no guest privileges on their own.

Virgin Australia lounge members: if you're a paid-up member of Virgin's lounge program, both you and a guest are eligible for lounge entry.

Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyers: Platinum-grade members can bring three guests and Gold-level passengers one guest, and these guests don't need to be flying.

Another less-known lounge perk for Velocity Platinums and Golds: you also get 'on arrival access' to use the Virgin Australia lounge at the other end of your flight.

That's handy if you want to quickly freshen up, grab a cuppa or a bite to eat or check your email before heading to your hotel, the office or home.

Lounge access for Virgin Australia partner airlines

Air Berlin: Topbonus Gold and Platinum members, plus one guest

Air New Zealand: Koru Club and Gold, plus one guest; Gold Elite members, plus five guests (subject to space)

Delta SkyMiles: Gold, Platinum and Diamond Medallion members, plus one guest

Etihad Guest: Gold and Gold Elite, plus one guest

Singapore Airlines: KrisFlyer Elite Gold, PPS Club and Solitaire PPS Club members, all plus one guest

Virgin America: Elevate Gold members, plus one guest

Virgin Atlantic: Flying Club Gold members, plus one guest

Don't fit into any of the above categories? Virgin Australia also sells one-off lounge access for $65 at the door, while 10,000 Velocity Frequent Flyer points can buy you a lounge pass online for up to six months in advance.

Read: Virgin Australia offers paid entry to airport lounges

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Chris Chamberlin
Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!
 

25 comments

  • roby

    roby

    20 Mar, 2014 11:52 am

    Children do not count as guests and can enter in addition to above entiltements correct?

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  • Journey_Agent

    Journey_Agent

    20 Mar, 2014 12:19 pm

    Black American Express (Centurian) card holders also have access to the lounge, regardless of travel of class.

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  • Hugo

    Hugo

    20 Mar, 2014 01:43 pm

    For a $5000 a year fee, you'd hope to get *something* out of it other than a nifty titanium card that you can use to look like a wanker impress people.

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    20 Mar, 2014 03:02 pm

    Good to know – Centurion benefits aren't exactly advertised on the Amex website!

    I believe AMEX Platinum Charge cardholders also enjoy the same perk, although we chose to focus this article just from an airline perspective.

    (Many cards offer lounge access with either VA, Qantas or Priority Pass – if we mention one, then we realistically have to mention them all...)

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  • markpk

    markpk

    29 Mar, 2014 11:50 am

    Correct Chris,

    AMEX Platinum Charge card holders get lounge access. I've used this method several times in Brisbane and Sydney

     

    mark

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  • madge

    madge

    20 Mar, 2014 12:49 pm

    It looks like you could credit your QF flights to AB and end up with access to both QF & VA lounges.

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  • Merc25

    Merc25

    20 Mar, 2014 01:15 pm

    I agree with Journey-Agent  Centrurion card members have access by showing their amex card.

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  • Hugo

    Hugo

    20 Mar, 2014 01:42 pm

    Huh, I was unaware of the "on-arrival" lounge access perk. But I checked the VA website and sure enough it does exist; neato!

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  • KG

    KG

    20 Mar, 2014 01:42 pm

    Thanks Chris, maybe you can do a follow up article explaining to which lounges worldwide VA FF have access to when travelling.

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  • Mal

    Mal

    20 Mar, 2014 03:03 pm

    Doesn't the VA website explain that pretty well?

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  • KG

    KG

    20 Mar, 2014 03:11 pm

    Although they do have an overview it would be nice to see it all together in an article. In essence I can get all info I need from airlines websites, but it is nice AUSBT sometimes puts it in an article for us.

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  • Al Glidden

    AlG

    20 Mar, 2014 04:47 pm

    On that basis though KG wouldn't you also want an article on what worldwide lounges various grades of QF frequent flyers have access to?

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  • KG

    KG

    20 Mar, 2014 05:13 pm

    Yes and no. The reason it would be handy for VA is that they are not part of an alliance but work with individual partners. With QF I know I can at least walk up to any OW operated lounge and get in.

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  • Hugo

    Hugo

    21 Mar, 2014 12:45 am

    Yes, it also explains this pretty well. Ausbt specialises in regurgitating information easily acquired from other sources and putting ads on it.

    (I mean, I assume there are ads. I don't know anyone without adblock but they have to be out there, right?)

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  • bmc

    bmc

    21 Mar, 2014 10:35 am

    I disagree. I think AusBT provides a good summary of available info for the TimePoor and check in on the website daily

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  • Al Glidden

    AlG

    21 Mar, 2014 10:36 am

    Hugo what is your beef with AusBT? This is a useful article, and you should appreciate that AusBT actually lets you post comments like that, being 'fair and open'.

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  • LinoNAC

    LinoNAC

    21 Mar, 2014 10:50 am

    Plus one

    I think austbt do a great job

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  • sogg86

    sogg86

    20 Mar, 2014 03:05 pm

    If im not travelling but my guest is, can we use the lounge?

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  • LinoNAC

    LinoNAC

    20 Mar, 2014 10:12 pm

    Never knew we could use the lounge on arrival

    So

    1: On arrival at BNE international can we use the domestic Virgin lounge ?

    2: Does it have to be a Virgin flight or can a AIRNZ TT flight be ok ?

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  • Paulkai

    Paulkai

    21 Mar, 2014 03:45 pm

    Lounge member must bee travelling.

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  • mitchimus

    mitchimus

    21 Mar, 2014 06:10 pm

    I've used the Virgin lounge on arrivala number of times. Also done the same with QF domestically.

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  • henry20

    henry20

    11 Apr, 2014 10:45 am

    Not quite accurate re Koru club. If you are travelling into and out of Auckland on Virgin, to any Pacific Islands, you cant use Koru.  Not so good when you have 4 or 5 hour connection in Auckland

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    14 May, 2014 05:35 pm

    Hi henry20,

    This is the access list for Virgin Australia's own lounges, not that of its partner airlines – including in Auckland, where the Koru lounges are run by Air NZ.

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  • eminere

    eminere

    8 Sep, 2016 11:07 pm

    Can Alitalia status holders bring a guest?

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    9 Sep, 2016 08:02 am

    Yep - one guest.

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