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Getting to know Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia started out in 2000, under the name 'Virgin Blue', and after the collapse of Ansett Australia found themselves the second biggest airline in Australia. Starting out with only two aircraft, they have now expanded to service over 42 cities in Australia and 5 in New Zealand under the leadership of famous founder Richard Branson, who also manages the Virgin Group across the world.

Virgin Blue underwent a transformation in 2011, renaming to 'Virgin Australia', along with new aircraft, new uniforms, new menu options and a roll-out of Business Class across the network. They also purchased 'Tiger Airways Australia' in 2014 and run it as a low cost carrier across Australia.

Virgin's fleet currently numbers 94 (with 48 new aircraft on order), including A320's and Boeing 787's. They have a number of partner airlines, including Delta, Etihad, South African and Singapore Airlines, opening up many more destinations across the world for passengers.

As of 2019, Virgin have begun flying direct from their hub in Brisbane to Tokyo.

Where can I catch Virgin Australia flights?

Virgin Australia fly from Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Queenstown and Dunedin. All flights transit an Australian, east-coast hub such as Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne. Flights from Auckland also fly direct to the Gold Coast.

From Australia, Virgin flights go all over the world, including the United States, Asia, Africa, the South Pacific and Europe. Some flights may be operated by partner airlines such as Delta, Singapore Airlines or Etihad. Virgin Australia also operate an extensive network across Australia, along with their subsidiary Tiger, so you can get anywhere you need to in Aus.

Making the most of Virgin Australia Sale Deals

Virgin Australia Happy Hour

Every Thursday at 4:00PM EST (though sometimes the sales start early, at 12:00PM) Virgin release sale fares. These always include domestic routes, however there are often international destinations included. The sale ends at 11PM, so get in quick!

Virgin Australia Mates Rates

A monthly sale that pops up with sale fares across the network, including domestic and international. The routes on sale change each month, but always definitely worth a look. Fares have been known to be as cheap as $69 one-way.

Virgin Australia Birthday Sale

Every year in August Virgin celebrate their birthday, with the gift of cheap fares to all their passengers! The sale changes each year, but they offer up to 30% off flights across the network, including some international destinations!

They also have regular sales for Boxing Day (December 26th), Black Friday (after Thanksgiving), End of Financial Year (late June) and others. They may also feature destination-specific sales, such as the United States, Australia, Japan or Fiji. The best way to hear about these sales is to keep an eye on our page!

Virgin Australia Baggage Information

All fares include cabin baggage, checked baggage, meals and entertainment. Short-haul flights (less than three hours) include a snack.

Domestic/International Short-Haul:

Cabin/Carry On Baggage

  • Economy - 1 x 7kg standard piece (no larger than 56cm x 36cm x 23cm) OR 2 x small pieces (no larger than 7kg total and 48cm x 34cm x 23cm each) OR 1 x standard piece + 1 x small item (laptop, handbag etc) no larger than 7kg total.

  • Business - 1 x 7kg standard piece (no larger than 56cm x 36cm x 23cm) or 2 x 7kg smaller pieces (48cm x 34cm x 23cm) or 1 x 7kg standard piece + 1 x 7 kg smaller item (suit bag, handbag etc).

Checked Bagggage

  • Economy - 1 x 23kg (total size no larger than LxWxH 140cm)

  • Business - 2 x 32kg (each piece no larger than 140cm total LxWxH)

International Long-Haul:

Cabin/Carry On Baggage

  • Economy/Premium Economy - 1 x 7kg standard piece (no larger than 56cm x 36cm x 23cm) OR 2 x small pieces (no larger than 7kg total and 48cm x 34cm x 23cm each) OR 1 x standard piece + 1 x small item (laptop, handbag etc) no larger than 7kg total.

  • Business - 1 x 7kg standard piece (no larger than 56cm x 36cm x 23cm) or 2 x 7kg smaller pieces (48cm x 34cm x 23cm) or 1 x 7kg standard piece + 1 x 7 kg smaller item (suit bag, handbag etc).

Checked Baggage

  • Economy Light - 1 x 23kg (total size LxWxH 158cm).

  • Economy/Premium Economy - 2 x 23kg (total size LxWxH 158cm).

  • Business - 2 x 32kg (total size LxWxH 158cm).

Virgin Australia Check-In Information

You can check in for your Virgin Australia flight either online, via the Virgin Australia app, or in person at the airport. Check in via the app or online opens 48 hours prior to departure. You can also choose seats, pay for extras or upgrade.

You can also check in using the self-serve kiosks at Auckland airport. To check in at the airport counter, check directly with the airport website for the exact time the counter opens. However, in general check-in counters are open 3 hours prior to departure for international flights, and 1.5 hours prior to domestic flights.

The Virgin Australia frequent flyer program

Passengers can earn points with a 'Velocity' card, which is the name of Virgin's frequent flyer program. Points can be earned on Virgin Australia flights (including flights with partner airlines), as well as dining, shopping, spending or staying with one of their many partners.

Velocity 'status' credits can also be earned on Virgin Australia flights with a VA flight number, and determine the level of your membership tier. Entry level membership begins at 'Red', continuing through Silver and Gold to 'Platinum' level.

Velocity points can be used for reward tickets on Virgin-operated routes, upgrades or items on the Velocity store.

Other things to know about Virgin Australia

  • Pets are able to travel in cargo on Virgin Australia flights, and even earn velocity points for their trip.
  • Virgin Australia is part of the Virgin group, begun by famous enterpreneur Richard Branson.
  • Virgin Australia have an in-house doctor and 24-hour medical team.
  • At any given time, Virgin Australia have around 80 aircraft in the air.
  • All their aircraft are named after Australian bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers and bays.

How to contact Virgin Australia

Website: https://www.virginaustralia.com/au/en/help/contact-us/
Phone from New Zealand: 0800 67 0000
Email: via form at https://www.virginaustralia.com/au/en/help/contact-us/reservation-enquiries/

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