Paying for checked baggage on Virgin Australia domestic flights will soon be a thing of the past with the airline to afford every economy class passenger at least one 23kg bag at no charge.
‘Saver Lite’ economy tickets, the only remaining domestic fare type without an inclusive baggage allowance, will be ditched from March 17 – after which all of the cheapest tickets will be sold in the ‘Saver’ category, with free checked baggage as standard.
A Virgin Australia spokesperson confirmed the changes to Australian Business Traveller, adding that the tweaks “had been made as a result of strong customer feedback”.
There's concern from some frequent flyers that axing Saver Lite tickets could cause Virgin Australia's entry-level fare prices to increase, although this remains to be seen.
Passengers who have already booked Saver Lite tickets for travel beyond March 17 will still be stung for checked baggage at the airport, but with these fares soon disappearing from the roster, VA’s basic economy baggage allowance aligns with the same at Qantas.
For frequent flyers, the changes boost the minimum allowance from 1x23kg for Silver and Gold members to 2x23kg, and from 2x23kg to 3x23kg for Platinum members on entry-level fares:
That’s particularly useful on deep-discount Happy Hour tickets, all of which will now be Saver fares and include checked baggage for every traveller when booked after March 17.
Saver Lite tickets which exclude checked baggage will continue to be sold on VA trans-Tasman flights and on codeshare services with Air New Zealand, with the Kiwi carrier doing likewise with its separate ‘Seat’ and ‘Seat + Bag’ ticket types.
All Virgin Australia passengers travelling to Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi already receive a complimentary checked baggage allowance.
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