Here's a handy travel hack for the infrequent Virgin Australia passenger who still wants lounge access: enjoy 30 days' access to all Virgin Australia lounges for just $90.
Sign up for a temporary pass from Virgin Australia's partner Delta and you can have a pre-flight pitstop at Virgin's stylish new lounges in Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Mackay, and the existing lounges in Sydney, Perth, Canberra and Adelaide.
How it works
Delta offers access to its Sky Club lounges through a series of membership plans, among which is a $90 'temporary membership card' offering 30 days of lounge access.
This grants access "to all Delta lounges, Virgin Australia Lounges and Alaska Board Rooms, as well as select Air France and KLM lounges".
We ran this past Virgin Australia to double check, and a spokesperson confirmed that "anybody presenting a Delta Sky Club 30 day membership card will be allowed entry at Virgin Australia lounges for the period of that card's validity."
That makes it a top option if you're not flying in Virgin Australia business class, and don't fly enough to merit Gold or Platinum status with Virgin's Velocity frequent flyer scheme -- or if your Qantas status match from last year is about to expire and you haven't racked up the status credits for renewal.
(You might also know someone who's just starting to travel on business who could benefit from lounge access, so let them know about the deal and explain what they get.)
That $90 is less than double the price of the old single-entry lounge passes, which were cut earlier this year -- and you get a full 30 days' worth of entry instead of being restricted to a single visit.
For longer periods, the Delta program is roughly comparable with Virgin Australia's own lounge program.
Thanks to regular AusBT contributor Chris Neugebauer for the tip. If you've spotted something interesting or useful that's relevant to your fellow business travellers, shoot us an email or give us a shout on Twitter: we're @AusBT!