Virgin Australia vs Delta

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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

Virgin AustraliaVirgin Australia

Up to 30% off Tasmania flights

Available on flights from July 2021 - March 2022. Destinations include Launceston, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Darwin, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.

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Virgin AustraliaVirgin Australia

Up to 15% off domestic flights with code

Available on Australia flights until May 2022 when you book 7 days in advance. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.

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Virgin AustraliaVirgin Australia

Up to 50% off: Flights from $70 each way

Available on flights from June - September 2021. Sample fare is Melbourne-Adelaide. T&Cs apply.

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Virgin AustraliaVirgin Australia

Australia-wide flights from $79 each way

Available on flights from 13 July 2021 - 31 March 2022 to Melbourne, Launceston, Gold Coast, Canberra, Darwin, Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Newcastle, Hobart, Adelaide and more. Sample fare is Ballina-Sydney. T&Cs apply.

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Virgin AustraliaVirgin Australia

Up to 10% off flights

Available on select travel dates until December 2022. Must be booked 7 days prior to departure. Destinations include Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Broome, Darwin and more. T&Cs apply.

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Virgin AustraliaVirgin Australia

Sydney flights from $39 each way

Available on flights until December 2021 departing from Ballina, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and more. Sample fare departs from Melbourne.

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Virgin AustraliaVirgin Australia

Melbourne flights from $39 each way

Available on flights until December 2021 departing from Gold Coast, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and more. Sample fare departs from Sydney.

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Virgin AustraliaVirgin Australia

Brisbane flights from $109 each way

Available on flights until December 2021 departing from Sydney, Mackay, Cairns and more. Sample fare departs from Newcastle.

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Virgin AustraliaVirgin Australia

Perth flights from $179 each way

Available on flights until March 2022 departing from Adelaide, Cairns, Melbourne, Darwin and more. Sample fare departs from Kalgoorlie.

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Virgin AustraliaVirgin Australia

Hobart flights from $99 each way

Available on flights until December 2021 departing from Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Gold Coast, Adelaide and more. Sample fare departs from Melbourne.

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Virgin AustraliaVirgin Australia

Adelaide flights from $59 each way

Available on flights until December 2021 departing from Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart and more. Sample fare departs from Melbourne.

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Virgin AustraliaVirgin Australia

Canberra flights from $69 each way

Available on flights until December 2021 departing from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Sydney and more. Sample fare departs from Melbourne.

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Virgin AustraliaVirgin Australia

Queenstown flights from $259 each way

Available on flights from September 2021 - January 2022 departing from Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and more. Sample fare departs from Melbourne. T&Cs apply.

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SkyscannerSkyscanner

Flights within Australia from $25 each way

Available on flights until December 201. Sample fare is Sydney-Melbourne with Jetstar. Destinations include Gold Coast, Ballina, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth and more.

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Flight Centre - DomesticFlight Centre - Domestic

Up to 50% off flights within Australia

Available on flights until September 2021 to select destinations including Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Broome, Alice Springs, Kangaroo Island, Darwin, Hobart, Townsville and more. T&Cs apply.

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$15 off all Australian activities with code

Available on select travel dates when you spend a minimum of $100. Activities include hot air balloon flights, tandem skydives and attraction passes. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Cairns, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and more. Exclusive for new members. T&Cs apply.

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Get $5 off activities with code

Available on experiences across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart and more. Minimum spend of $250 required. Activities include hot air balloon flights, hop-on hop-off bus tours, whale watching cruises, skydives, high teas, quad biking experiences and more. T&Cs apply.

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Exclusive

Get $10 off activities with code

Available on experiences across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart, Sunshine Coast and more. Minimum spend of $300 required. Activities include hot air balloon flights, hop-on hop-off bus tours, whale watching cruises, skydives, high teas, quad biking experiences and more. T&Cs apply.

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Virgin AustraliaVirgin Australia

Up to 30% off Tasmania flights

Available on flights from July 2021 - March 2022. Destinations include Launceston, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Darwin, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.

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KayakKayak

Australia flights from $54 return

Available on flights from June - September 2021 to Gold Coast, Cairns, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Alice Springs, Uluru and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Melbourne with Jetstar.

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SkyscannerSkyscanner

Jetstar sale: Australia-wide flights from $32 each way

Available on flights from April - September 2021 to Launceston, Gold Coast, Hobart, Adelaide, Whitsundays, Townsville, Hamilton Island, Darwin, Uluru and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Adelaide. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 50% off: Qantas flights from $70 each way

Available on flights from April - September 2021 to destinations including Sydney, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Launceston, Canberra, Darwin, Broome, Perth and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Launceston.

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KayakKayak

Up to 50% off domestic flights with Qantas

Available on flights from April - September 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Launceston, Hobart, Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.

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Skydive AustraliaSkydive Australia

Extra $40 off weekday skydiving with code

Available for use on all 5 days of the week until August 2021. Applies to 15,000ft tandem skydives. Destinations include New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia. T&Cs apply.

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KayakKayak

Rex Airlines sale: Flights between Sydney and Melbourne from $39

Available on select flight dates until December 2021.

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Get $20 credit

Get $5 off each of your first four rides in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Geelong, Perth and Newcastle. Valid on all dates for new users. T&Cs apply.

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DriveNowDriveNow

Campervan hire from $5/day

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

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Up to 20% off car hire

Compare car hire prices on Rentalcars.com and save up to 20% compared to booking direct.

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Up to 27% off flying experiences plus an extra $5 off with code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $250. Activities include hot air ballooning, skydiving, helicopter scenic flights. Destinations include Whitsundays, Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hunter Valley, Sydney and more. T&Cs apply.

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Skyscanner Car HireSkyscanner Car Hire

Gold Coast car hires from $34

Available on select rental dates in 2021 with Avis, Budget, Sixt, Europcar and more. Destinations include Brisbane, Toowoomba, Lamington National Park and more.

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Up to 36% off Australia and New Zealand hotels

Available on stays from July - November 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart, Queenstown and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 72% off today's deals

Check out today's deals at Catch and enjoy up to 72% savings on fashion items, jewellery, personal care, electronics and more from top brands. T&Cs apply.

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Flight Centre - DomesticFlight Centre - Domestic

Australia-wide flights from $44 each way

Available on flights until September 2021 to Gold Coast, Adelaide, Launceston, Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Brisbane and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Melbourne with Jetstar.

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Get $15 off Australia activities with code

Available on all experiences until 31 December 2021 across Australia when you spend a minimum of $100. Activities include hot air balloon flights, skydives and attraction passes. Destinations include Sydney, Whitsunday, Cairns, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and more. Exclusive for new members. T&Cs apply.

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KlookKlook

Extra 10% off Sydney activities

Available until 31 August 2021, including during Vivid Sydney Festival, on activities such as hot air balloon flights, whale watching cruises, Sydney Opera House tours, attraction passes and more. T&Cs apply.

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AdrenalineAdrenaline

Up to 50% off Australia experiences

Available on select travel dates for activities including skydiving, hot air balloon flights, quad biking, scuba diving, whale watching, bridge climbing, high tea and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne and more.

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Motorhome RepublicMotorhome Republic

Up to 15% off Apollo Motorhomes rentals with code

Available on one-way rentals to Northern Territory from 12 July - 17 December 2021. Pick up locations include Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Broome, Cairns, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 15% off hotels with code

Available on stays until 30 June 2022 when you spend a minimum of $150. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.

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EuropcarEuropcar

Up to 20% off Australia and New Zealand rentals

Available on 2+ days rentals until 11 December 2021 when you book 21 days in advance. Destinations include Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.

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Virgin AustraliaVirgin Australia

Up to 15% off domestic flights with code

Available on Australia flights until May 2022 when you book 7 days in advance. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.

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RedBalloonRedBalloon

Get $10 off Vivid Sydney experiences

Available from 6-28 August 2021 on activities including cruises, skywalks and more. Minimum spend of $300 required.

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Cheap FlightsCheap Flights

Australia-wide flights from $55 return

Available on flights until December 2021 to Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Hobart, Adelaide, Launceston and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Melbourne with Jetstar.

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Cheap FlightsCheap Flights

New Zealand flights from $287 return

Available on flights from June - November 2021 to Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Auckland with Jetstar.

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RedBalloonRedBalloon

Up to 28% off things to do in Sydney + Extra $5 off with code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of 250. Activities include hot air balloon flights, tandem skydives, whale watching cruises, dining, classes, high teas, spa treatments, getaways and attraction passes. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 50% off things to do in Gold Coast + Extra $5 off w/ code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $250. Activities include indoor skydiving, sightseeing cruises, hot air ballooning, getaways, jet boat rides, spa treatments and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 11% off Perth activities + an extra $5 off with code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $250. Activities include driving experience, bike tours, kayaking, art workshops, spa treatments, skydiving and much more.

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Extra $10 off Australia getaway packages

Available on select travel dates when you spend a minimum of $300. Destinations include Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Blue Mountains, Cairns, Canberra and more. T&Cs apply.

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Activities for kids from $17 + an extra $5 off with code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $250. Activities include day tour cruises, zoo experiences, hop-on hop-off bus tours, attraction passes, zoo and animal interactions and more. Destinations include Gold Coast, Cairns, Melbourne, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.

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RedBalloonRedBalloon

Extra $10 off Northern Territory activities with code

Available on select dates and activities include sightseeing tours, zoo and wildlife experience, spas, sailings, hot air balloon flights and scenic flights. Minimum spend of $300 required. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $10 off Adelaide activities with code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $300. Activities include winery tours in Adelaide Hills, tandem skydives, kayak tours and more. Sample price is for River Torrens sightseeing cruise. T&Cs apply.

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RedBalloonRedBalloon

$10 off hot air balloon experiences in Perth

Available on select travel dates when you spend a minimum of $300. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 25% off driving experiences + an extra $5 off with code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $250. Activities include rally driving, go-karting, quad-biking and more. Destinations include Sunshine Coast, Newcastle, Perth, Melbourne, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.

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RedBalloonRedBalloon

Up to $10 off Canberra hot air balloon flight experiences

Available on select travel dates when you spend a minimum of $300. T&Cs apply.

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