- The coffee, with baristas on-hand all day: plus bar service from noon
- WiFi speeds certainly need a boost, and the showers remain closed
- At the time of writing, Perth is one of only two Virgin lounges not closed due to travel restrictions
Virgin Australia's Perth Airport lounge made its debut back in 2015, yet with a contemporary design within the airport's most modern terminal, the space still feels fresh and vibrant some six years later.
Being one of only seven lounges remaining in the Virgin Australia domestic network, here's a look at what awaits in the WA capital, whenever you're next able to travel.
Location & Impressions
After zipping through security in Perth's Terminal 1, you'll find the Virgin Australia Lounge to your immediate left.
Complete the entry formalities, and you'll emerge in a space reminiscent of many other lounges in the airline's network.
That familiar feel brings Virgin Australia's mood lighting into play, complemented by the airline's signature furnishings.
Whether it's time to work or relax, there's bound to be somewhere suited to your needs.
Natural light fills much of the space, with views of the airport also to be had.
Virgin's T1 lounge opens from 60 minutes before the airline's first flight departure until the day's final flight is called for boarding.
However, some Virgin flights also depart from Terminal 2 in Perth, where airline's separate regional lounge has been permanently closed.
Eligible T2 travellers have the option of arriving early and visiting the Virgin Australia lounge here in Terminal 1, or could visit the new Aspire Lounge in Terminal 2 as a paid guest or through Priority Pass – located in the footprint of the old Virgin lounge.
Virgin Australia's lounge at Perth Airport welcomes:
- Virgin Australia business class passengers, Velocity Gold and Platinum frequent flyers, members of The Club, and Virgin Australia Lounge and Lifetime Lounge members.
- Velocity Silver frequent flyers and various eligible credit card holders with a single-use Virgin Australia lounge pass.
- American Express Platinum Charge Card and Centurion cardholders on presentation of their eligible card and a Virgin Australia boarding pass.
- Gold and Platinum-equivalent frequent flyers of Delta, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
- Other travellers who pay $65 per person at the door, up to two hours prior to departure.
Notably, elite frequent flyers of Alitalia Millemiglia and Fortune Wings Club (the loyalty program of Hainan Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines) no longer qualify for access, unless otherwise available above.
On the food front, Virgin Australia's domestic lounges typically offer a range of fresh bites, with salads and fruits regular staples.
Sandwiches also star on the menu, with local restrictions in Western Australia allowing for DIY toasties once again.
Beyond the buffet, Virgin's Perth lounge features an Espresso Bar, as also seen in the airline's Brisbane lounge.
It's staffed throughout the day, so whether yours is a morning visit or you're in need of an afternoon pick-me-up, caffeine isn't far away.
A selection of teas are available too – and if you're in a rush, there's a station catering to DIY brews.
Alcohol is available from noon each day – a slight change on the pre-COVID service time of 11am – with beer lovers not shy of options.
Featured beers can change from time to time, including those on tap.
A selection of Australian wines are also at-hand – reds pictured below, with whites in the chiller nearby.
To reduce the use of plastics, still and sparkling water are on tap – ditto boiling water and soft drinks – with cardboard straws for those so inclined.
Many of the seats here cater to group pit stops, particularly for those about to embark on a lengthy flight, and who'd rather not add hours to their already-long day.
Those settling in for a longer stay have alternatives, as you'd expect.
Mirroring many of Virgin's other domestic lounges, Perth is home to these signature benches for any pre-flight laptop work.
This is where you'll find the largest collection of AC and USB power outlets – of particular importance in a port like Perth, and where access to inflight power is never guaranteed on Virgin Australia.
Due to local COVID-19 restrictions, the lounge's usual business centre (pictured below) is not currently available for use, although travellers can certainly set up and work on their own devices.
During this visit, WiFi speeds were just usable but not particularly zippy, with downloads averaging a mere 1.2Mbps and uploads hovering at 3.5Mbps.
As hinted above, most business travellers jetting through Perth aren't the types to add hours to their journey: but if you do arrive at the lounge with time to spare, the atmosphere tends to be casual and laid-back.
Shower suites exist within the lounge, but Virgin Australia has opted not to reopen these for now – despite its rival Qantas turning the taps back on months ago.
Otherwise, the lounge is a pleasant place to await your flight, albeit one where a faster Internet connection would work wonders.
Chris Chamberlin travelled to Perth at his own expense.