Free food and baggage with Virgin

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Free food and baggage with Virgin

In a move to muscle Qantas out of some of its current market share, Virgin Australia has announced it will start offering free food and checked baggage across its domestic network.

A further step in its transition into a full-service carrier, Virgin’s inclusion of checked baggage and food will be a standard aspect of fares from 15 April onwards. This update will include all regional routes, with free meals tailored to the time of day and duration of the flight.

The inclusion of checked baggage will bring Virgin into direct competition with Qantas who have always offered baggage at no extra cost.

Head of Virgin’s customer service, Mark Hassall, acknowledged the changes as “an important part of our ability to deliver a consistent, premium service across our network.”

With its acquisition of Tigerair Australia, to protect its share of the budget airline market and rival Qantas’ Jetstar, Virgin has been making the shift to a full-service carrier over the past five years.

What do you think? Will this change your choice of airline for domestic flights?

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    18th Apr 2015
    And of course the fares will remain the same??
    18th Apr 2015
    Yes, having all the necessaries in one price is excellent. As is Virgin's policy to at least offer member points when flying with your pet. Qantas has seemingly declared war on pets by recently cancelling their offer to fly pets as "luggage", picking up and dropping off at the airport, a terrific system I have used for three decades. No points and cost up to $70, plus you have to get a cab from airport to freight depot. So, maybe an extra $100 each way to fly the fur baby with Qantas.
    Thai Traveller
    18th Apr 2015
    Good on yer Virgin Airlines. I have been travelling with a low cost Asian airline for some years now, but they want to charge me for a 20kg checked bag, even if it weighs only a couple of kg. Along with charging me a packet for 'fuel levy', they've convinced me I'm not wanted.

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