A premier lounge for the Premier State? Angus Kidman investigates.
At the beginning of 2018, I set myself a project: to visit every single Velocity lounge in Australia and review it. Adelaide was the second of these I tackled, after the Gold Coast lounge, with an early-morning visit on a Saturday in late March.
Having zipped around to several more Virgin lounges between visiting Adelaide and writing up this review, I've realised that Adelaide is a prototypical example of a mid-tier Velocity lounge. It's not quite as spacious as the flagship Sydney and Melbourne lounges, but it's not as compact as the smaller locations (like Mackay). Here's what I experienced.
What I liked
- A good variety of spaces. A mixture of lounge chairs, bar stools, work desks and alcoves means you can enjoy a degree of solitude, or spend time catching up with your travel companions.
- Solid range of food. I was on an early morning flight, so chose to go for the basics: bacon and toast. Had I been of a healthier mindset, I could have chosen cereal and fruit. Had I fancied thickening my waistline even further, the pancake machine also looked tempting.
- Plenty of power outlets. As well as an island bench with charging options all down the middle, you can also charge your phone while perched on a bar stool, or at some of the lounge chairs. The Wi-Fi works well throughout the lounge.
- Spaces where you can escape the TV. There's an alcove with individual seats adjacent to the main area, so you're not stuck listening to early morning shows.
- A couple of PCs for working on. These have become less common in lounges, and I'll admit they're not so tempting when everyone has a smartphone. That said, it's a handy option if you want to do some research on a larger screen.
- Friendly and cheerful staff. A happy staffer quickly whipped up the skinny flat white I needed to properly launch myself into the morning.
INSIDER TIPIn my opinion, Adelaide has the best public airport bus in Australia, with frequent service and no surcharge for the airport. You can get yourself from the airport to the CBD for under $5. So save your taxi money for more flights (and more points).
What I didn't like
Only one real bugbear springs to mind:
- No view of the tarmac. Adelaide Airport's design means you get to look out over a parking area. (To be fair, this is also true of the Qantas and Rex lounges.)
Points Finder Lounge Rating: ★★★★☆☆
THE POINTS FINDER TAKEConveniently located for Virgin's gates at Adelaide, this lounge ticks all the main boxes. You can't do any plane spotting, but there's plenty to eat and drink and a wide range of spaces to work or relax in.
THE FINDER LOUNGE REVIEW PROMISE: Our lounge reviews are based on a visit to the actual lounge during normal operation. We offer an honest and open critique from one of our frequent flyer experts, and update with any relevant news as it comes to hand. Being in a lounge should always be more pleasant than just being stuck with waiting at the gate, but we won't shy away from highlighting issues. Learn more about how our scoring works.
Velocity Lounge Adelaide details
Location: Airside opposite gate 18, turn left after you pass through security.
Opening hours: From 1 hour before the first flight until the last flight.
Who can get in? Fliers on a Virgin-operated service with Gold or Platinum Velocity status (or equivalent with partners) or a current lounge membership. Learn more in our Velocity lounge overview.
How many Velocity Points can you earn flying from Adelaide?
Virgin Australia allocates Velocity Points based on the amount you spend on your fare, with a base rate of 5 points per dollar and tier bonuses for Silver, Gold and Platinum Velocity fliers. That means you can't easily say "Adelaide-Sydney flights are worth 600 points". To learn more about how Velocity Points work, checked out Points Finder's detailed guide to the Velocity scheme.
Virgin Australia offers direct flights from Adelaide to the following destinations:
- Gold Coast
- Sunshine Coast