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How to purchase a Virgin Australia lounge entry pass [2024]

Having access to an airport lounge can make a huge difference when travelling.

Not only does lounge access give you somewhere comfortable to work or relax before your flight, but if for some reason the flight is delayed, it makes waiting for it so much more bearable.

If you’re flying with Virgin Australia domestically, you can enjoy one of its lounges at major airports.

Currently, the airports with Virgin Australia domestic lounges are Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Gold Coast airports.

Passengers in business class and those with Velocity Gold or higher status (or the equivalent partner airline status), as well as customers with paid lounge membership, always get access.

Access is also complimentary for holders of the ultra-rewarding American Express Platinum Card, and they can also bring in a guest.

Many Velocity-branded credit cards also come with complimentary single-use passes, such as the American Express Velocity Platinum Card.

But if none of these options is available to you, you may still be able to get in by stumping up some cash.

That’s because Virgin Australia permits passengers to buy a single-entry lounge pass at reception on the day of travel.

The cost is $65, and it’s available from 2 hours before departure. The same price applies to children, but from 1 July 2024 this will be reduced to $45 for kids aged 2 – 17 years. (Presumably, infants get in for free).

Whether this is a good deal really depends on your personal circumstances.

As well as getting a stylish space to relax before your flight, the lounges offer guests complimentary food – typically a modest selection of hot and cold dishes – as well as bar service from 12pm.

Guests can also enjoy all-day barista coffee, complimentary wifi and shower facilities.

Virgin Australia Lounge, Adelaide

Virgin Australia Lounge, Melbourne

Be aware that Virgin no longer operates international lounges, so these spaces are only open to domestic travellers. However, guests travelling with Virgin Australia internationally from Adelaide and the Gold Coast can use the domestic lounge as the international and domestic departures are located within the one terminal.

For more information about Virgin Australia lounges and buying a pass, visit the airline here.

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  1. I recently used my yearly pass at Melbourne, with my husband as my plus one. I was totally underwhelmed by the food and the lack of knowledge that the staff had in regard to gluten free food. I can’t see where it is worth $65 if you had to pay.

  2. Can we pay to enter Lounge at Sydney T2 even if we are not flying with Virgin?
    We always use to use this lounge after transferring off an international flight from T 1.
    Happy to pay – such a great lounge.


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