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How to get free access to Virgin Australia Airport Lounges

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Virgin Australia has dozens of airport lounges in Australia, where travellers can relax in the lounge before their flight and enjoy complimentary food and drinks, while taking advantage of Wi-Fi and dedicated check-in. You can access these lounges for free, with the right credit card.

Single entry passes to the lounge have also previously been available to purchase at a cost of between $44 and $65, depending on your Velocity Status. However since the onset of the pandemic, the rules have changed; Virgin is no longer selling single entry passes for the time being, and Virgin has temporarily paused the sale and renewal of memberships.

That means the only way you can gain entry to the Virgin Australia lounge network is if you are an existing member; you are flying business class; or you have the right credit card.

Use this guide to discover the benefits you can expect when you visit a Virgin Australia lounge and compare credit cards with complimentary airport lounge passes.

Who can visit a Virgin Australia airport lounge?

You can visit a Virgin Australia lounge if you're a Velocity Platinum or Gold member, Virgin Australia Lounge member or a Virgin Australia business class guest. Velocity Silver, Red and non-members with a valid Virgin Australia boarding pass can purchase a single-entry pass to a lounge on the day of travel for $65. These passes are only available for domestic lounges, not international lounges operated by partnered airlines.

Virgin Australia lounge members will also have access to Air New Zealand lounges in Australia and New Zealand, totalling 24 lounges when on domestic and trans-Tasman departures.

Get free entry with a credit card with complimentary lounge invites

There are a number of credit cards in Australia that offer Virgin Australia lounge invitations. The details will vary between cards, but you may receive two complimentary single-entry invitations to visit a Virgin Australia lounge in Australia each year. These cards are often linked with the Velocity Frequent Flyer program, so you can earn points as you spend. Some of these cards also come with other perks to suit travellers including flight vouchers and complimentary travel insurance.

Features and benefits of Virgin Australia airport lounges

  • Complimentary food and beverages. Fill up before your flight on complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner served in the lounge. You can enjoy fresh barista-made coffee and treat yourself to snacks and cold drinks throughout the day. Premium wines and beers are also available from 11am daily.
  • Priority check-in. If you have carry-on luggage, you can skip the queues when you check-in at the lounge.
  • Flight information. Stay on top of flight information with large screens displaying departure times and flight updates located throughout the lounge.
  • Bathroom facilities. Freshen up with shower facilities and enjoy skincare products created by Hunter Lab.
  • Business services. Get some work done before you take off with business facilities including complimentary Wi-Fi, individual workstations and desktop computers, communal work tables, printers and photocopiers. You can also hire private meeting rooms in selected lounges.

Want to know more? Check out our latest hands-on Virgin Australia lounge reviews.

Compare credit cards with Virgin Australia lounge access

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Name Product Purchase rate Balance transfer rate Annual fee
American Express Platinum Card
Offer Extended: 150,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. Additional 50,000 points in the 2nd year.
American Express Velocity Platinum Card
20.74% p.a.
Get 50,000 bonus Velocity Points when you spend $3,000 for the first 3 months. Plus, 100 Status Credits and luxury travel perks.

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    MarkDecember 6, 2018


    If I get this card, Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature – Online Offer, do I select Amplify rewards or Qantas rewards to gain access to Virgin lounges?

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      JeniDecember 11, 2018Staff

      Hi Mark,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      Currently, you cannot access Virgin lounges with Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature card. You may receive 2 complimentary lounge invitations per year, which you can use when you travel on your next Qantas or Jetstar flight when you enrol at St George Amplify page.

      I hope this helps.

      Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other enquiries.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!


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    ScottSeptember 30, 2018

    so the question is my Westpac Altitude Black will get me onto the virgin lounges

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      JohnOctober 1, 2018Staff

      Hi Scott,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      Yes, you may be able to get in the Virgin Australia Lounge by converting your existing Altitude points to velocity points. There are different tiers as well that have different access to these lounges. You would need to register first via Velocity Frequent Flyer to start the process. Kindly check the different Velocity membership tiers to know the benefits you can get. Hope this helps!


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    HowardAugust 12, 2017

    I am flying on Delta One from LAX-SYD then transferring to an economy seat on Virgin Australia from SYD-AYQ. Will I have lounge access in Sydney?

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      MariaAugust 12, 2017

      Thank you for reaching out to us.

      Those who are eligible to get into a Velocity Airport Lounge are as follows:
      – Velocity Gold or Platinum members
      – Virgin Australia Lounge members
      – business and first class Virgin Australia passengers

      Though non-Members traveling with Virgin Australia can purchase Single Entry to the lounge on the day of travel with a valid Virgin Australia boarding pass for $65. Payable at lounge reception by credit card only and can only be used a maximum of 2 hours before departure time.


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    AlessandroAugust 3, 2017

    Hello Virgin Team, I am Silver Velocity member. Is there any way I can access the Virgin Lounge in Melbourne? Would there be a fee to pay? What would the fees as being a Silver Member? Thank You :)

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      RenchAugust 4, 2017Staff

      Hi Alessandro,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      For Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer Program, you can enjoy the facilities in the Virgin Lounge before you fly. Redeem your points for a single entry pass or an annual membership to the Virgin Australia Lounge. Silver members may also use points for the discounted annual lounge membership offer.

      Please feel free to read more about Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer Program and dsiscover more ways to take advantage of their offers.


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    RobJune 30, 2017

    If I join the Virgin Australia frequent flyer program and fly business class with a star alliance partner, can I access the lounge in Australia? What about accessibility in overseas lounges in Asia and Europe.

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      RenchJuly 1, 2017Staff

      Hi Rob,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      For Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer Program, you can enjoy the facilities in the Virgin Lounge before you fly. Redeem your points for a single entry pass or an annual membership to the Virgin Australia Lounge. You can check our guide on Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer Program.

      I suggest contacting Virgin Australia directly for further inquiries and confirm the information.


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    MikeyMarch 23, 2017

    Hi, I’m platinum and have 2 lounge passes in my benefits from my credit card. Can these be used by a family pooling member if I am not travelling with them?

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      MayMarch 23, 2017Staff

      Hi Mikey,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Usually, you can invite a guest (conditions apply), but you will need to accompany your invited guests at all times in the lounge, but need not be travelling with them. You may contact Virgin Australia to confirm.


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    mattNovember 18, 2016

    Hi I have 2 complimentary passes to virgin lounge could I use them if I`m travelling with Singapore airlines?

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      DianeJanuary 11, 2017

      How to become a member of Virgin Australia Lounge. Traveling from Adelaide to FiJi September 2017.

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      MayJanuary 12, 2017Staff

      HI Diane,

      Thanks for your question.

      To join the Virgin Australia Lounge you must be a member of Virgin Australia’s frequent flyer program. You can visit the official website of Velocity to register for the program.


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      MayNovember 18, 2016Staff

      Hi Matt,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Members with complimentary access to the Virgin Australia lounge who are travelling international flights with Virgin Australia or on an Eligible Partner Airline are allowed to use the lounge, but this is subject to all the Terms and Conditions and lounge Rules. So since Singapore Airlines Alliance is an airline partner, then you may use your complimentary access to the Virgin Lounge while flying with Singapore Airlines, but be sure to read the T&Cs for more details.


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    frankAugust 30, 2016

    what credit cards give you access to the virgin lounges??

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    JensenAugust 9, 2016

    I have a NAB velocity platinum visa card, am I eligible to any annual free passes to the Virgin Lounge?


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      MayAugust 9, 2016Staff

      Hi Jensen,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Unfortunately, the free access to Virgin Australia Airport lounges is not among the benefits and features of the NAB velocity platinum visa card. You can access the Virgin Australia Airport lounges for free if you’re a member of the Virgin Australia Lounge or holder Velocity Platinum or Gold membership.

      Though non-Members (non-Virgin Australia Lounge and non-Velocity members) travelling with Virgin Australia can purchase Single Entry to the lounge on the day of travel with a valid Virgin Australia boarding pass for $65. Payable at lounge reception by credit card only and can only be used a maximum of 2 hours before departure time.


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    HardishJuly 25, 2016

    I have a NAB QANTAS Platinum ONE American Express Card. I am travelling to Fiji on Virgin this Friday. How do I get my complimentary entry to the Virgin club lounge. I am already a member of Qantas lounge. I want to check out Virgin one then sign up

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      MayJuly 27, 2016Staff

      Hi Hardish,

      Thank you for your question.

      If you’re a Virgin Australia Lounge member or a Velocity Platinum and Gold frequent flyer account holder, you’ll be able to take advantage of using the Virgin airport lounge for free. You can actually join the Velocity frequent flyer program using our guide.

      If you own a rewards credit card that is linked to the Velocity program, you will also be given complimentary lounge passes that you can use when you fly.

      Hope this has helped.


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