Virgin Australia vs Qantas

We put two top Australian airlines head-to-head to see which airline is the one that you should be flying with.

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We looked at every aspect of airline travel to determine which Australian airline, Virgin Australia or Qantas, came out on top. From comfort to food, inflight entertainment, price, travel with pets, destinations offered and more, we know which airline wins each round after a comparison.

There’s no need to look further than this page to determine which is the right airline for you to fly with based on you personal needs, wants and budget.

Virgin Australia vs Qantas: Compare airline features

FeatureVirgin AustraliaQantasVerdict
Where does it fly to?55+ destinations in these regions:
  • Africa
  • Asia and the Pacific
  • Europe
  • The Americas
  • The Middle East
70+ destinations in these regions:
  • Africa
  • Asia and the Pacific
  • Europe
  • The Americas
  • The Middle East
Virgin Australia
What star rating is it?4-star4-starBoth
What classes are available?Business, “The Business”, premium and economy classes are available.First class, business class, premium economy and economy classes.Both
What is the baggage allowance?Economy allows one 7kg carry-on. A minimum of one 23kg checked bag is allowed on economy domestic and long-haul international flights. Short-haul international flights do not include checked baggage for the cheapest fare option.Economy allows one 7kg carry-on and one 30kg checked bag.Virgin Australia
Where does it fly from in Australia?
  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Sydney
  • Plus 39 other destinations
  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Sydney
  • Plus 31 other destinations
Virgin Australia
What's the in-flight entertainment like?Virgin Australia offers an in-flight entertainment app to use on your own device, or on iPads that are provided. Movies, TV shows, music and games are available.Qantas offers movies, TV, entertainment app, the Qantas magazine, radio and more.Qantas
Can I make changes/cancellations?Yes, on most tickets, though fees apply and some tickets are non-refundable.Yes, on most tickets, though fees apply and not all ticket types receive a refund.Both
What type of plane will I fly on?
  • A320
  • A330-200
  • ATR72
  • B737-700
  • B737-800
  • B777
  • Embraer 190
  • Fokker 100
  • A330
  • A380
  • B787
  • B747-400
  • B737-800
  • B717
Virgin Australia
Which frequent flyer programs is it with?Velocity Frequent FlyerQantas Frequent FlyerVirgin Australia
Is there Wi-Fi?Virgin Australia is in the process of rolling out Wi-Fi on both domestic and international flights.Qantas is in the process of rolling out Wi-Fi on select planes and domestic flights.Virgin Australia
Can I price match?Yes. If a lower price for the same flight is found on another website, Virgin Australia will match the price and Velocity Frequent Flyer members will receive 5 Velocity Points per $1 spent on all eligible domestic fares, Trans-Tasman and International Short Haul flights.Yes. If the same flight on another site is cheaper, Qantas will refund you the difference and Qantas frequent flyers will receive 1,000 Qantas points.Qantas
Does it serve alcohol?Yes, on domestic and international flights. Only complimentary on long-haul international flights or domestic flights between 5pm and 7pm Monday to Friday.Yes. On international flights a welcome drink is also served.Qantas
Is there online chat?Contact is available by phone and email.Contact is available by email and phone.Both
Does it charge for infants?Infants travel for free on domestic flights if they are under 2 and do not occupy a seat. On international flights 10% of the adult fare is charged.Infants under two years are charged 10% of the adult fare when they are accompanied by an adult and sitting on the adult’s lap.Virgin Australia
Does it fly pets?Yes, though all animals must travel as cargo unless they are an authorised assistance dog.Yes. Service dogs are permitted in the main cabin. All other animals must travel as cargo.Both
What are my payment options?
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Diners Club
  • American Express
  • Travel Bank
  • POLi
  • PayPal
  • Credit Voucher
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Diners Club
  • American Express
  • JCB
  • UATP
  • Qantas Cash
  • Qantas Points
  • POLi
  • BPAY
  • Credit Voucher
Qantas
Can I book round the world fares?YesYesBoth
Can I book multi-city fares?YesYesVirgin Australia
Any features to find the best price?Virgin Australia offers Early Fares and Happy Hour fares every Thursday from 4pm to 11pm.Qantas offers Flight Deals.Both

Who offers the best price?

Both airlines are flexible with times of day to fly and different class options, such as a saver options for budget flyers. We compared flights on both airlines from Sydney to Los Angeles round-trip for the exact same dates to see which airline came out cheaper.

Virgin Australia:

Virgin Australia Syd-LA

Qantas:

Qantas Sydney-LA

The verdict?

Virgin Australia wins this round, beating the Qantas flight prices by $148. Though this isn't an overwhelming difference, we love to know when you can save a little for extra spending on your trip.


Is it a good airline to fly with?

Based on Skytrax reviews, Qantas has a higher rating and leads with a 7/10 while Virgin Australia is just a step behind with 6/10.

The verdict?

Qantas pulls ahead in this round as their above-average ratings for inflight entertainment, seat comfort, staff service and value for money are rated 4 out of 5 stars. Virgin Australia ranks with only average ratings of 3 out of 5 stars for all categories.


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Which airline offers better deals, Virgin Australia or Qantas?

While both airlines offer sales, Virgin Australia has them more regularly.

Every Thursday, the airline offers a "Happy Hour" sale with discounted fares in the afternoon and evening. On top of that, the airline has frequent sales on domestic flights and to the South Pacific.

Qantas, too, offers sales for both domestic and international fares, but they aren't as frequent.

Fares tend to be lower in Virgin Australia sales than Qantas sales, often dipping as low as $79-$89 for domestic fares where Qantas rarely drops below $99 for flights within Australia.

Latest deals with Qantas and Virgin Australia

Deal

Flights between NSW and Melbourne from $99 each way

Verified Today Expires 25 Sep 2021
Available on select Qantas flights from January - March 2022. Destinations include Sydney, Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay, Merimbula and more.
Deal

Up to 50% off domestic flights

Expires 30 Nov 2021
Available on flights from October - November 2021. Destinations include Hamilton Island, Cairns, Adelaide, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Gold Coast and more. T&Cs apply.
Deal

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

Expires 30 Nov 2021
Available on flights from October - November 2021 to destinations including Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Hobart, Adelaide, Hamilton Island, Cairns, Darwin, Broome and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Launceston.
Deal

Australia flights from $59 each way

Expires 2 Nov 2021
Available on flights from October 2021 - June 2022. Destinations include Adelaide, Melbourne, Launceston, Canberra, Gold Coast, Darwin, Cairns, Perth and more. Sample fare is Ballina-Sydney. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Perth flights from $149 each way

Verified 5 days ago Expires 30 Sep 2021
Available on flights until June 2022. Sample fare departs from Adelaide. Other flights depart from Broome, Kalgoorlie and more.
Deal

Canberra flights from $92 each way

Verified 5 days ago Expires 30 Sep 2021
Available on flights from October 2021 - April 2022 departing from Adelaide, Melbourne and more. Sample fare departs from Gold Coast.
Deal

New Zealand from $574 return

Verified 5 days ago Expires 30 Sep 2021
Available on flights from January - July 2022. Sample fare is Sydney-Queenstown. Other flights depart from Brisbane, Perth, Canberra and more.
Deal

Alice Springs flights from $120 each way

Verified 5 days ago Expires 30 Sep 2021
Available for travel from October 2021 - May 2022. Sample fare departs from Adelaide. Other flights departs from Brisbane and more.
Deal

Flights to Norfolk Island from $583 return

Verified 5 days ago Expires 30 Sep 2021
Available for travel from October 2021 - January 2022. Sample fare is Sydney-Norfolk Island with Qantas.
Deal

Alice Springs flights from $206 return

Verified 5 days ago Expires 30 Sep 2021
Available on flights from September 2021 - February 2022. Sample fare departs from Adelaide with Virgin Australia. Other flights depart from Melbourne and more.
Code

Up to 15% off flights with code

Expires 30 Sep 2021
Available on Australia flights until July 2022 when you book 7 days in advance. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Sydney flights from $55 each way

Expires 30 Sep 2021
Available on flights from September 2021 - January 2022 departing from Brisbane, Ballina and more. Sample fare departs from Gold Coast.
Deal

Up to 50% off Australia flights

Expires 30 Nov 2021
Available on select travel dates 30 November 2021 with Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Rex and Fly Pelican. Destinations include Sydney, Cairns, Brome, Hamilton Island, Hobart, Launceston, Perth, Darwin and more. T&Cs apply.

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