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Virgin Australia Premium Entry offers high-flying passengers quite literally a private entrance to the terminal at Sydney and Brisbane airports, dedicated security screening facilities and direct access to the Virgin Australia lounge, but the door list here is much more restrictive than the lounge itself.
So, exactly who can use Premium Entry?
Virgin Australia business class passengers and Velocity Gold and Platinum frequent flyers are all welcome, and as goes without saying, members of The Club – the airline’s invitation-only tier – can glide through too.
Also on the list are Virgin Australia Lifetime Lounge members, being those who’ve stumped up almost $10,000 for the privilege, as well as Gold- and Platinum-grade cardholders of selected Virgin Australia partner airlines. That roster includes:
- Air New Zealand Airpoints Gold, Elite and Elite Priority One
- Alitalia Millemiglia Freccia Alata, Freccia Alata Plus and Freccia Alata Plus Per Sempre Club
- Delta SkyMiles Gold, Platinum and Diamond Medallion
- Etihad Guest Gold, Platinum and Exclusive
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Elite Gold, PPS Club, Solitaire PPS Club and Solitaire PPS Club Life
- South African Airways Voyager Gold, Platinum and Lifetime Platinum
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold
Other passengers accompanying the travellers above – who would otherwise be eligible for ‘guesting’ into the Virgin Australia lounge, such as one guest with a Velocity Gold member or three guests with a Velocity Platinum member – can also make use of Premium Entry.
In Sydney, Premium Entry opens daily: 60 minutes before the first Virgin Australia departure and closes before the last flight is called for boarding, while in Brisbane, it's open Monday to Friday from 45 minutes before the first flight until the last flight boards, but remains closed on weekends.
Virgin Australia Premium Entry: who doesn't make the cut?
Paid-up Virgin Australia lounge members (other than Lifetime members) don’t have access to Premium Entry, nor do travellers redeeming a single-use lounge pass, such as offered to Velocity Silver frequent flyers and with some high-end credit cards.
Air New Zealand Koru Club members are also left off the list and can only access Virgin Australia lounges via the general reception desk as opposed to Premium Entry – ditto Delta Sky Club cardholders, unless they also have Gold, Platinum or Diamond status with Delta, as above.
The same rule applies to American Express Platinum charge card, Business Platinum charge card and Centurion cardholders, who enjoy free lounge access on presentation of their AMEX card and boarding pass, but not Premium Entry too.
Finally, Premium Entry isn’t open to solo travellers purchasing lounge access at the airport: this $65 charge can only be paid at the main reception desks.