Virgin Australia has overhauled its economy airfares to introduce three new fare types – Economy Lite, Economy Choice and Economy Flex – along with a new, simplified business class fare.
Following a review of fares, pricing and bookings which found that 30 per cent of customers did not use their checked baggage allowance, the airline is introducing an Economy Lite seat-only fare, giving travellers the option to remove the unwanted cost of checked baggage from their ticket price.
There’s also no seat selection with this fare type unless you’re a Platinum frequent flyer, it’s not upgradeable, and it doesn’t count as an eligible sector for earning Velocity status (though you’ll still earn points and status credits, albeit at a reduced rate).
Economy Lite seat selection can be purchased for $7-$10 until 3 hours before departure, when all remaining seats become available to select for free.
Travellers will continue to receive 23 kilograms of checked baggage and seat selection when they book an Economy Choice or Economy Flex fare.
Economy Choice will also offer bonus points and status credits and booking flexibility for changes up to 14 days prior to departure without paying a fee.
Here’s a snapshot of what’s included with each fare.
And here are the frequent flyer inclusions.
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