Virgin Australia vs Delta

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Undecided between Virgin Australia or Delta for flights? Whether you’re going on holiday or a business trip, we’ve taken the hassle out of choosing the best airline with our comparison of the two airlines.

Virgin Australia vs Delta

FeatureVirgin AustraliaDeltaVerdict
Where does it fly to?
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Asia
  • The United States
  • Australia
  • The United States
  • Europe
  • Africa
  • The Middle East
  • Asia
  • Latin America
  • The Caribbean
  • Canada
Delta flies further around the world.
What star rating is it?4-stars3-starsVirgin Australia has a higher star rating.
What classes are available?Economy, premium economy and business class.Economy, premium economy, business and first class.Delta has more cabin classes.
What is the baggage allowance?The carry-on limit is two bags plus one personal item weighing a total of 7kg. The checked baggage limit is 23kg in economy, two bags up to 23kg each in premium economy and two bags up to 32kg each in business class.One bag up to 56 x 35 x 23cm plus one personal item are allowed as carry-on. The check-in limit in most locations is two bags up to 23kg each in economy and premium economy, and two bags up to 32kg each in business and first class.Both airlines have similar baggage allowances.
Where does it fly from in Australia?Virgin Australia flies from all Australian cities, as well as many rural locations.Sydney.Virgin Australia has many more Australian locations.
What's the in-flight entertainment like?Films, TV shows, music, flight information and audiobooks. Available on seatback monitors and on your own device via Wi-Fi.Movies, TV shows, music, podcasts, games and live satellite TV on select flights. You can also stream it to portable devices thanks to Delta Wi-Fi.Both airlines have excellent in-flight entertainment.
Can I make changes/cancellations?Eligible ticket types can be changed and cancelled online. Some cancelled fares can be refunded with credits for use toward future bookings.Yes. Refundable tickets can be changed or cancelled for free, and of course refunded. Changes to non-refundable tickets are subject to fees and limitations.Both airlines allow changes and cancellations.
What type of plane will I fly on? Does it have an A380?Virgin Australia flies Airbus A330 and ATR 72-600, and Boeing 737 and 777 aircraft.Delta uses Boeing, Airbus and McDonnell Douglas models, but not the A380.Neither airline flies Airbus A380 aircraft.
What are its associated frequent flyer programs?The Virgin group’s rewards program, Velocity, gives points for flights with Virgin and airline partners.Delta Skymiles allows members to earn miles on flights with Delta and over twenty partner airlines.Both offer in-house and alliance-based frequent flyer programs.
Is there Wi-Fi?Yes.Yes.Both airlines offer Wi-Fi on most flights.
Can I price match?Yes.Yes.You can price match with both airlines.
Does it serve alcohol?Yes.Yes.Both serve alcohol.
Is there online chat?No. However, 24-hour assistance via Facebook and Twitter is available.No.Neither offers online chat.
Does it charge for infants?On international flights, yes. The fare is 10% or 75% of the adult fare, depending on if a seat is needed.Yes, on international flights. Infants travel free on domestic flights if seated on an adult’s lap.Both airlines charge for infants on international flights.
Does it fly pets?Yes. Aside from service dogs, all pets fly in the hold. Only IPATA pet agents can transport pets on international flights.Yes. Small pets can travel in the cabin between most locations. Pets can also fly as checked baggage or cargo.Both airlines fly pets.
What are my payment options?
  • Credit card
  • Debit card
  • Travel Bank
  • POLi
  • Gift voucher
  • Credit card
  • Debit card
  • PayPal
  • Alipay
  • Bank transfer
  • Gift voucher
Delta has more payment methods available.
Can I book round the world fares?Yes.No.Virgin Australia lets you book round the world fares.
Can I book multi-city fares?Yes.Yes.Both airlines offer multi-city fares.
Any features to find the best price?Flight specials and holiday deals pages feature current deals. When booking a flight, you can compare prices on surrounding dates.The flight deals page lists all current offers by region.The fare-finding features on both airlines’ websites are different, but with a similar number of benefits.
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Who offers the best price?

Virgin Australia and Delta both price match with generous benefit. Virgin will match any cheaper price and give an additional 500 Velocity points for domestic flights while Delta will refund the difference and give you a $100 voucher for your next purchase on cheaper fares found on another US website.

When it comes to flight prices between the two airlines things can get a little grey as Virgin Australia and Delta are codeshare partners, so it's likely you'll uncover the same flights and prices on certain routes, particularly those to the US, Canada and Mexico.

For the purposes of a pure price comparison, we chose destinations outside of their codeshare network to compare.

The verdict?

In a like-for-like comparison Virgin Australia wins by a mile sporting fares thousands less than Delta. With Virgin’s home base in Australia it’s where most of its flights depart, whereas Delta's is in the US with the airline offering fewer flights out of Australia.

Prices may change when the tables are turned and you're searching for flights from or internationally throughout the US.


Is it a good airline to fly with?

Skytrax lists Virgin Australia as a 4-star airline and Delta as a 3-star airline. Delta scores 3.5-stars for all its cabin classes across both short and long haul flights, while Virgin Australia scores 4-stars for all flight types.

Based on customer feedback on Airlinequality.com, Virgin Australia scores 6/10, once again beating Delta, which scores 5/10.

Interestingly, despite their different overall ratings, both airlines are given a mean score of 3-stars for food and beverages, staff service, seat comfort, value for money and in-flight entertainment. This suggests that the differences between the two airlines are more subtle, or perhaps more subjective.

The verdict?

Virgin Australia and Delta are both good airlines to fly with, but don’t expect luxury. Statistically, Virgin Australia is a slightly better airline.


Any other differences worth noting?

Delta offers a premiere cabin class called Delta One on long-haul and select domestic flights. It features flat-bed seats which can be adjusted from fully-upright to horizontal positions, a dedicated in-cabin flight attendant, private suites on select international flights, priority check-in, premium boarding, airport club access and more.


What are the deals like?

Every Thursday from 4pm-11pm, Virgin Australia runs a Happy Hour with deals on flights. This is in addition to regular flight and holiday sales. Domestic flights can drop as low as $62 while international flights generally start from $239 to Asia and the South Pacific.

Delta deals cover a range of destinations, but none currently operate to or from Australia. Flights, inclusive holidays and partner deals are all available.

The verdict?

For Australians, it's a no-brainer as Virgin is an Aussie carrier dedicated to deals and flights from our nation. On the opposite side of the scale, Delta is US-based, offering the best deals for its home country rather than Australians.


Top Virgin Australia and Delta deals

Deal

Australia-wide flights from $59 each way

Expires 15 Feb 2022
Available from November 2021 – September 2022 to destinations including Cairns, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Ballina and Sydney-Coffs Harbour. T&Cs apply.
Deal

International flights from $505 return

Verified 4 days ago Expires 28 Feb 2022
Available on flights from 22 January – 23 September 2022. Destinations include Bali, Fiji and New Zealand. Sample fare is Brisbane-Nadi. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Sydney flights from $59 each way

Expires 15 Feb 2022
Available for travel from January – June 2022 departing from Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast and more. Sample fare departs from Ballina. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Melbourne flights from $69 each way

Expires 15 Feb 2022
Available on select flight dates from January – June 2022. Sample fare departs from Launceston. Other flights depart from Newcastle and more. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Brisbane flights from $59 each way

Expires 21 Jan 2022
Available on select flight dates from January – June 2022. Sample fare departs from Sydney. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Perth flights from $179 each way

Expires 15 Feb 2022
Available on select flight dates until September 2022. Sample fare departs from Adelaide. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Hobart flights from $79 each way

Expires 15 Feb 2022
Available on select dates from 20 January – 12 June 2022. Sample fare departs from Melbourne.
Deal

Gold Coast flights from $85 each way

Expires 15 Feb 2022
Available on flights from January – June 2022 departing from Melbourne and more. Sample fare departs from Sydney.
Deal

Cairns flights from $105 each way

Expires 15 Feb 2022
Available on select flight dates June 2022. Sample flight departs from Brisbane. Other flights depart from Sydney, Gold Coast and more.

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Deal

Up to 25% off Australia holiday packages

Verified 4 days ago
Available on select dates until December 2022 when you book you hotel and flights together. Destinations include Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast and more.
Deal

Up to 22% off worldwide getaways

Verified 4 days ago Expires 2 Feb 2022
Available on stays until February 2022 on select hotels across Australia, New Zealand, USA and United Kingdom. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Up to 25% off getaways for members

Verified 5 days ago Expires 2 Feb 2022
Available on stays until 31 August 2022 on destinations including Singapore, Honolulu, New York, Los Angeles, Gold Coast and more. Membership is free. T&Cs apply.
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Up to $50 off rides

Expires 31 Jan 2022
Get $5 off 10 rides in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Newcastle. Valid for new users only. Maximum of 4 rides per day. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Up to 15% off 2022 getaways

Expires 31 Mar 2022
Available on stays from 1 January – 31 March 2022. Destinations include Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and more.
Deal

Up to 25% off getaways

Available on select dates when you book your hotel and flight together. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Cairns, Uluru, Brisbane, Canberra and more.
Deal

Australia-wide flights from $41 each way

Expires 19 Jan 2022
Available on select flight dates until 15 June 2022. Destinations include Sunshine Coast, Hobart, Sydney and more. Sample fare is Adelaide-Melbourne with Jetstar.
Deal

Up to 20% off Australia escapes

Expires 31 Jan 2022
Available on select dates until September 2022. Destinations include Kangaroo Island, Sydney, Broome, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin and more.
Deal

Up to 50% off Qantas flights

Expires 28 Feb 2022
Available on flights until 28 February 2022 to destinations including Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Hobart, Adelaide, Hamilton Island, Cairns, Darwin, Broome and more.
Deal

Up to 50% off: Australia flights from $32 with Jetstar

Expires 28 Feb 2022
Available on flights from 1 December 2021 – 28 February 2022. Destinations include Sydney, Newcastle, Gold Coast, Hobart and more. Sample fare is Adelaide–Melbourne.
Deal

Australia-wide flights from $59 each way

Expires 15 Feb 2022
Available from November 2021 – September 2022 to destinations including Cairns, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Ballina and Sydney-Coffs Harbour. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Up to 35% off Australia getaways

Expires 31 Jan 2022
Available on stays until February 2022, including Christmas and New Year's Eve. Destinations include Gold Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne, Cairns, Adelaide, Townsville, Tasmania, Sydney, Broome and more.
Code

Up to 48% off Australia experiences + an extra 10% off with code

Available on activities including skydives, whale watching cruises, day tours, getaways and more. Must purchase 2 or more vouchers. Destinations include Gold Coast, Cairns, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Campervan hire from $5 per day

Available on select routes, dates and locations in Australia, including Darwin, Alice Springs, Cairns and Brisbane and New Zealand.
Deal

Perth campervan hires from $58 per night

Available on select travel dates. Sample rate is for a rental in Welshpool. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Flights to Melbourne from $54 return

Verified Today Expires 31 Jan 2022
Available on flights from January - May 2022, including during Australian Open. Sample fare is Sydney-Avalon with Jetstar. Other flights depart from Adelaide and more.
Deal

Global flights from $1,099 return

Verified Today Expires 28 Jan 2022
Available on flights until 31 August 2022. Destinations include London, Paris, Abu Dhabi and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Dubai. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Up to 41% off Australia Day cruise w/ lunch or dinner

Verified 3 days ago Expires 25 Jan 2022
Available on 26 January 2022 in Sydney Harbour with Magic Cruises.
Deal

Up to 25% off Qantas Airways flights

Verified 3 days ago Expires 17 Jan 2022
Available on flights from 2 February – 30 September 2022. Destinations include London, Dublin, Cairo, New York, Delhi and more. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Up to 47% off Australia holiday packages

Verified 4 days ago Expires 31 Jan 2022
Available on select travel dates in 2022 when you book your hotel and flights together. Destinations include Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra, Brisbane and more.
Deal

Up to 15% off Australia family getaways

Verified 4 days ago Expires 31 Jan 2022
Available on select dates in 2022 and on select properties across Sunshine Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Up to 26% off Gold Coast hotels

Verified 4 days ago
Available on stays until December 2022. Destinations include Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and more. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Up to 30% off Melbourne stays

Verified 4 days ago
Available on select stay dates in 2022, including during Australia Day and more. Destinations include Northern Suburbs, Southbank and more.
Deal

Up to 45% off Australia and New Zealand cruises

Verified 4 days ago
Available on select dates in 2022-2023 with Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line and more. Sample rate is for a 3-night cruise with Carnival Cruises.
Deal

Up to 60% off Australia sightseeing tours

Verified 4 days ago
Available on select travel dates in 2022. Destinations include Hunter Valley, Barossa Valley, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and more.
Deal

Australia stays from $29/night

Verified 4 days ago
Available on select stay dates in 2022 across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra and more. Sample accommodation is in Worsley. T&Cs apply.
Code

Up to $20 off skydiving with code

Verified 4 days ago
Get $20 off per person when you book for 4 or more. Destinations include Sydney, Byron Bay, Newcastle, Cairns, Brisbane and more.
Code

Up to $40 off skydiving with code

Verified 4 days ago
Get $40 off per person when you book for 8 or more. Destinations include Sydney, Byron Bay, Newcastle, Cairns, Brisbane and more.
Code

Up to 45% off worldwide tours + an extra 5% off with code

Verified 5 days ago Expires 31 Jan 2022
Available on select tours in 2022 to destinations including Croatia, Greece, Spain, Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Japan and more. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Up to 25% off Europe tours

Verified 5 days ago Expires 31 Jan 2022
Available on select travel dates until 2022 to destinations including England, Italy, Spain, Rome and more.
Deal

Up to 15% off Australia adventures

Verified 5 days ago Expires 31 Jan 2022
Available on select travel dates until 2022. Destinations include Melbourne, Perth, Rottnest Island, Cairns, Darwin, Sydney, Byron Bay, Uluru, Canberra, Jindabyne, Great Ocean Road and more.
Deal

Up to 71% off worldwide getaways

Verified 5 days ago Expires 31 Jan 2022
Available on select stay dates. Destinations include Phuket, Crete, New York and more. T&Cs apply.
Code

Earn 2,500 Qmiles with code

Verified 5 days ago Expires 20 Jan 2022
Sign up to become a Privilege Club member and earn 2,500 Qmiles bonus instantly. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Economy Class flights from $1,269 return

Verified 5 days ago Expires 18 Jan 2022
Available on flights until 31 October 2022 to Dublin, Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Athens and more. Sample fare is Adelaide-Johannesburg. T&Cs apply.
Code

Up to 10% off Queensland skydives

Expires 16 Jun 2022
Available on jumps until June 2022 when you use the code. Destinations include Cairns and Mission Beach. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Get $25 off NSW skydives

Expires 30 Jun 2022
Available until 30 June 2022 when you use your Dine and Discover vouchers. Destinations include Wollongong, Byron Bay and Newcastle. T&Cs apply.
Deal

3+ nights Australia holiday getaways with flights from $569

Expires 31 Jan 2022
Available on select travel dates until December 2022. Destinations include Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Hobart and more. Sample rate is for a getaway in Adelaide from Melbourne.
Code

Up to 20% off Apollo campervan hires

Expires 26 Jan 2022
Available on select rental dates until 27 February 2022. Pick up locations include Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Adelaide. T&Cs apply.
Code exclusive

Get $10 off activities with code

Available on select dates on destinations including Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart and more. Minimum spend of $300 required. Activities include hot air balloon flights, skydives, high teas and more. T&Cs apply.
Code exclusive

Get $5 off activities with code

Available when you spend a minimum of $250 on activities such as hot air balloon flights, rally driving, skydives, high teas and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.

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