Having access to an airport lounge can be a godsend when travelling. Not only does it give you somewhere comfortable to work or relax, but if for some reason your flight is delayed it makes waiting so much more bearable.

Virgin Australia operates a network of domestic lounges in Australia, with spaces in all state and territory capitals except Hobart, and in Alice Springs, Cairns, the Gold Coast and Mackay.

The only lounge for international travellers that Virgin operates itself is in Wellington – everywhere else, customers use partner lounges. More information about lounge locations is available here.

Virgin Australia operated lounges offer guests complimentary self-service dining – typically a modest selection of hot and cold dishes – as well as booze from 11 am, all-day barista coffee, newspapers, complimentary wi-fi, and business services (computers, printers, meeting rooms and the like). You can read more about lounge benefits here.

The lounges are quite modern, with a very ”Virgin” design and fit-out.

Virgin Australia Lounge, Cairns

Virgin Australia Lounge, Melbourne

If you’re flying with Virgin Australia domestically but don’t have lounge access courtesy of your class of travel, frequent flyer status or credit card, you may still be able to enter by paying with money or points.

Unlike its rival Qantas, Virgin Australia permits passengers to buy a single-entry lounge pass at a cost of $65. This can be purchased with a credit or debit card at lounge reception on the day of travel, from 2 hours before departure.

Velocity Frequent Flyer members can also purchase a single entry pass via the Velocity Reward Store at least 3 business days before flying, at a cost of 10,000 Velocity Points.

If you’re travelling internationally, since Virgin doesn’t operate any lounges except in Wellington (where you can’t pay to enter) you should research what pay-per-use lounge options are available in the terminal. For example, Virgin’s partner lounges in Australia all offer paid entry – that’s Brisbane’s ‘My Lounge’, and Melbourne and Sydney’s ‘The House’ – but there may also be other options, such as in Melbourne where you can also choose from the marhaba or Plaza Premium¬†lounges.

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