Virgin Australia ends Priority Pass lounge access

By David Flynn, June 15 2011
Virgin Australia ends Priority Pass lounge access

Update: Virgin Australia has advised Australian Business Traveller that "following further discussions with Priority Pass, we have agreed to extend Priority Pass access to Virgin Australia lounges to July 31", representing a two-week extension to the date previously listed on their website.

Previous: Virgin Australia will end its relationship with the global Priority Pass scheme next month.

From July 14, members of the airline-independent airport Priority Pass lounge program will lose access to all domestic Virgin Australia lounges.

Your choices? Stump up for a $65 walk-up casual entry fee or plan ahead and buy a 'single-entry pass' online for $55.

(If you're really into planning ahead, you should buy a handful of those single-entry passes at the current $35 rate before Virgin Australia's higher lounge fees come into effect on August 1.)

Losing the Virgin Australia partnership seriously undermines the value of Priority Pass in Australia, leaving the scheme with only one lounge on the local menu – United's Red Carpet Club in Melbourne International Airport.

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


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