Qantas Gold, Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers – along with paid-up Qantas Club members – can now visit Virgin Australia lounges prior to Virgin Australia domestic flights when booked to fly in Economy X, as part of a promotion until the end of August.
For rusted-on Roo travellers, Virgin Australia Economy X isn’t the airline’s standard economy service, so don’t get the two confused: it includes extra legroom on board and dedicated overhead locker space above, plus priority security screening and priority boarding on the ground (where available) in return for a modest $29-59 fee per flight.
Read the AusBT review of Virgin Australia Economy X
It works like this – book yourself a Virgin Australia domestic flight for travel between now and August 31 2017, and purchase an Economy X seat during the booking process, via Virgin’s ‘manage my booking’ tool for existing bookings or during online check-in, by choosing a purple-coloured Economy X seat on the seat selection page and paying the added charge.
(Business travellers on company-funded bookings can pay the Economy X cost themselves through Virgin Australia’s website if the company itself won’t fund the purchase, without tickets having to be re-issued or hassling the corporate travel agent for a better seat.)
Economy X seats can also be purchased at the airport on departure day at the same price.
However you get yourself into an Economy X seat, present your Economy X boarding pass at any of Virgin Australia’s domestic lounges, along with your Qantas Club or Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold, Platinum or Platinum One membership card, for lounge access.
Virgin Australia’s lounges can be found in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide, Darwin, Cairns, Gold Coast, Mackay and Alice Springs, with Qantas members able to enter up to two hours prior to their Virgin Australia flight’s scheduled departure time.
Eligible Qantas members travelling in Economy X can bring one guest into Virgin Australia’s lounges during this period, although that guest must also be travelling in Economy X with the Qantas cardholder on the same flight.
Lounge access is not available to Qantas Club or Qantas Frequent Flyer members booked to fly in ‘regular’ Virgin Australia economy – as opposed to Economy X – unless the traveller is also a Velocity Gold or Platinum frequent flyer, holds Virgin Australia Lounge membership or pays $65 at the door.
This promotion isn’t available to Economy X passengers on Virgin Australia international flights, and once more, covers domestic Economy X flights taken until August 31 2017 only.
For more information on this offer, head to the Virgin Australia website.