Virgin Australia Lounge access for Red and Silver Velocity members
If you haven't managed to rack up enough Status Credits to reach Gold or Platinum with Velocity Frequent Flyer don't worry, there are still other ways to access Virgin Australia's excellent domestic lounges. Here's a quick summary of the top four ways to access the lounges.
Silver lounge passes
If you've travelled enough to reach Velocity's Silver tier, you can redeem one of your two single entry lounge passes, valid at all of Virgin Australia's lounges. You must also have an eligible Virgin Australia boarding pass to gain access. Silver members receive two single entry vouchers every 12 months.
Velocity members can swap 10,000 Velocity Points for a single entry lounge voucher for entry into the lounge, provided they are also travelling with Virgin Australia on the same day. Entry is subject to capacity restrictions.
Upgrade to Business Class
Depending on the route you're travelling and the type of fare you've booked, you might find better value by upgrading your flight to Business Class with points. If confirmed in advance, you'll be able to access the lounge as part of your ticket.
For example, if you're travelling from Brisbane to Sydney on the cheapest Getaway Economy ticket, you can upgrade to Business Class for 10,000 Velocity Points, the same price as what it costs to redeem a single visit lounge pass. Upgrades are awarded on a space available basis.
Failing all other options, parting with $65 cash at the front counter will also score you entry into the lounge. It's worth noting that this can only be used up to 2 hours before your flight, so can't be used for an extended layover of eating and drinking.