- Virgin Australia Lounge members now get lounge access after their flight
- 60 minute time limit for on-arrival access for Velocity Gold, Platinum
Members of the Virgin Australia Lounge program can now access the airline’s network of domestic airport lounges after arriving on a Virgin Australia flight, enjoying the same perk as business class passengers and Velocity Gold and Platinum frequent flyers.
It's a welcome opportunity to grab a coffee and a bite to eat, tackle some urgent emails and perhaps freshen up with a shower after a red-eye flight from Perth.
However, Virgin Australia Lounge members and Velocity Platinum and Gold card-holders will be limited to a 60 minute stay in the lounge after their flight.
That's a new twist for those top-tier frequent flyers, who previously faced no such time restrictions on their post-flight visit.
No similar limitations apply to Virgin Australia business class passengers using lounges on arrival.
By comparison, Qantas doesn’t offer lounge access on arrival for its paid Qantas Club members, Gold frequent flyers or business class passengers (except those flying business class overnight from Perth) – keeping ‘arrivals’ access for Platinum, Platinum One and Chairman’s Lounge members only.
That said, Virgin Australia Lounge members can currently access Air New Zealand’s network of lounges in Australia and New Zealand before eligible flights, but with AirNZ ending its alliance with Virgin Australia and forging a new partnership with Qantas, this perk isn't expected to continue beyond October.
Access to Virgin Australia lounges for all departing passengers remain unchanged, which means there's no 60-minute time restriction in place if you choose to check-in early and enjoy the lounge.
As before, holders of single-use Virgin Australia lounge passes – such as awarded to Velocity Silver members and via eligible credit cards like the Virgin Money Velocity High Flyer Visa – are not eligible for lounge access after their flight.
Virgin Australia lounge access continues to be available to travellers brandishing an American Express Platinum charge card or the invitation-only Centurion Card before departure, but as before, access to lounges on arrival isn't available via these cards: unless flying business class, of course.