Virgin Australia becomes the first Australian airline to offer flexible bookings until 2021

Posted: 11 September 2020 11:37 am

Here's what the new and improved Passenger Promise means for you and your future flights.

Fly across Australia with added confidence thanks to Virgin Australia's latest policy change.

Going forward, passengers can make the most of unlimited free date changes for travel up until 31 January 2021. That's right, no limitations or change fees for those all-important Christmas break holidays.

So how does this measure up?

To make sure you're getting the best offer we've compared Virgin Australia's flexible flying policy to the other major Australian airlines.

As part of their flexible fares, Qantas and Jetstar are currently offering one free date change on bookings made until 30 September for travel up to 30 November 2020.

With Virgin Australia's flexible flying policy, you'll score a longer travel time period and no limits on how many times you can change your booking free of charge.

Although REX hasn't confirmed any flexible flying policies outside of its standard fare rules, it is implementing COVID-safe protocols.

Many international airlines have also introduced flexible fare policies to encourage more people to travel.

A Virgin Australia spokesperson has said, "Virgin Australia is an airline that offers great value fares and award-winning service and today's announcement is a testament to that commitment."

"We're hopeful that borders will reopen by Christmas and this new initiative to help get travellers on their next flight is the right step forward to rebooting the Australian tourism industry."

The Passenger Promise also aims to implement pre-flight health screenings, increased social distancing measures, reduce in-flight movement and increased hygiene practices that include contactless check-in and complimentary face masks.

Other policies feature daily deep cleaning of the aircraft as well as HEPA filtration present on all flights. Customers are still able to gain their loyalty points through the Velocity Frequent Flyer club.

Want to make the most of this while you can? Head over to Skyscanner to lock in your next Australian escape.

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