Are you a Virgin Lounge Virgin?


Are you a Virgin Lounge virgin?  I was. For a long time.  But the first time was definitely worth waiting for.

Being the clever cookie I am,  when I first became an Owner Education Consultant and started to travel regularly; I signed up for Virgin Australia’s free membership program Velocity.

I have taken quite a few flights with Virgin over the years I have achieved enough “status points” to get me into the Velocity Gold tier, which gives me free Virgin Lounge access – among other benefits.

I absolutely LOVE the Virgin Lounge.  It feels like the epitome of being a VIP. From the moment I stepped into the Virgin Lounge I was taken in by its cool, modern décor and comfortable seating areas.

I hesitantly approached the serving counter and looked at the array of food available to the weary traveler.   When I realized it was all FREE and I could just take what I wanted, I promptly grabbed a plate and made a delicious wrap, sampled the soup and crusty bread, and seated myself gracefully (or so I like to think, but doubt very much) on a chair and continued to enjoy my meal.

With my hunger satisfied, I found myself inadvertently drawn to the bar area… Standing there staring at the lovely clean glasses and available bottles of wine and beer I nearly cried out in joy – it does help settle the nerves before Take Off!

I was very cautious in pouring myself a drink and discreetly taking it back to my seating area.  Sitting there sipping my wine, I was waiting with baited breath, for someone to tap me on the shoulder and hand me a Bill!

The Bill never came…  Beverages, whether they be alcoholic, juice, soft drink as well as Barista made Coffee (great for those early morning flights) is also FREE! Oh… Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!

Could life be more complete!

For those of you in the Privileges Platinum 100 Club – this has got to be one of my favorite benefits – you will receive One complimentary Virgin Lounge Membership per Ownership renewed each year (this allows you to bring a guest with you into the Lounge as well).

If you are interested in joining independently it’s around $750 for the first year to join and then $420 I believe, each year after that.

Unfortunately you do have to have a boarding pass for a Virgin Flight to enter the Lounge – otherwise I am sure you could find me there majority of the time drinking their lovely coffees and eating that wonderful food.

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2 comments

  1. Sounds cool.

    I’ve not joined the Virgin Lounge because (until recently) there wasn’t a lounge at Cairns (my second-most-regularly used airport).

    But I am a Qantas Club member – essentially, the same services are available as in the Virgin Lounge. And I love it!

    Oh – and here’s a tip – if you are a QC member, you can use the club _even when travelling on Jetstar_

    And best of all, with both the Qantas Club and the Virgin Lounge, if you are a member and travelling on a partner airline, you can use the partner airline’s lounge in many cases.

    For example, we recently flew to the US for my daughter’s wedding (a trip arranged through the Travel Club, using Privileges credits .. a great idea!). Anyway, we had a layover of some hours in LA at one stage, and as Qantas Club members were able to use the American Airlines ‘Admirals Club’ lounge. Unlike the Aussie lounges, you don’t get ‘all you can eat’ food and drinks – but we did get a couple of complimentary drinks and food .. and, most important, comfortable lounge chairs with wifi etc while we watched the planes take off and land, through plate-glass windows 🙂

    Finally, another tip: If you aren’t a regular flyer (and hence don’t get enough status points for either the Virgin Lounge or the Qantas Club) you can buy membership outright. Ask around for a corporate deal – there are discounted prices for various employers and associations. The ‘full fee’ for my Qantas Club membership is well below the ‘official’ rate.

    Or, if you only travel once in a blue moon, you can take out single-use Virgin lounge membership for about $65 (or 10,000 velocity points) … but if you are travelling on a flexi fare, you’d be better off to get upgraded to business for about 5000 velocity points – and get lounge access thrown in 🙂

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your tips and ideas Graham! I have also used partner Lounge’s on some of my travels and thoroughly appreciated the experience.

    Anne

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