Virgin Australia Introduces New Fare Options
9th Aug 2016
Customers of Virgin Australia can now take a pick between nine different fares when booking domestic or international flights. The nine options provide varying levels of flexibility and fees, including things like the ability to select your own seat.
According to the carrier, the move is made in order to provide passengers: "greater control over various product inclusions in their fare".
When the new fare options go "live" on 7th September, VA Economy Class passengers will have the following four options to choose from: Getaway, Freedom, Go and Go Plus. Their Business and Premium Economy counterparts will be able to choose from: Premium Saver, Premium, Business Saver and Business fares.
Fares start from the cheapest ? "Getaway" ? with which passengers get complimentary food and drinks, along with checked baggage, but will have to pay extra fees if they want to change their booking or choose the spot where they want to be seated prior to Check-In opening.
With "Elevate", the passengers will be able to select their own seat and will have a bit more flexibility in their options.
The "Freedom" option offers Virgin Australia guests the most flexibility when they're looking to change their booking plans.
Virgin Australia also introduced "Premium Saver" and "Business Saver" fares. Those who book either of these two will be able to choose between getting a seat in the pointy end of the aircraft for a discount, but less flexibility in other options.
Finally, VA's passengers on short-haul international and trans-Tasman routes can pick "Go" and "Go Plus" fares for a chance to select their seating spot in the plane.
Virgin Australia is now longer offer "Saver" and "Flexi" fares, as they were replaced with the two above.
A spokesman for the Australian airline said the new fare options will go "live" on 7th September this year.
Virgin Australia Global Sales Manager Shirley Field said:
"Fares for You will offer guests a range of options to match their travel occasion, providing choice, value and flexibility like never before. As always, Virgin Australia's renowned high service standards will be maintained no matter what fare our guests are travelling on."
John Borghetti, Virgin Australia chief executive officer earlier said that Business fares on trans-Pacific routes will increase in order to better reflect the high standard of the carrier's new product on Boeing 777s.