Virgin Australia flights: The little-known travel hack to skip airport queues for as little as $35

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As tens of thousands of Australians flowed through airports across the country over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, some shrewd travelers found a way to avoid queues and delays.

The country’s two largest airports, in Melbourne and Sydney, have urged travelers to arrive two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights to allow plenty of time for check-in and security screening.

Melbourne Airport was expected to have its busiest day since the COVID-19 pandemic hit on Friday, with more than 95,000 passengers expected to travel. Another 80,000 people were expected to pass through Sydney.

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And all of these travelers must eventually return home.

Some travelers have now revealed how they skip the Virgin Australia queue for as little as $35 and it can be done at a kiosk in the airport terminal.

Members of the public queue at Sydney Domestic Airport in Sydney. File picture. Credit: FLAVIO BRANCALEONE/AAPIMAGE

Virgin Australia Economy X the service includes up to 40% extra legroom, priority screening by airport security, priority boarding where applicable and, most importantly, priority check-in.

The service is available on all domestic and international flights and can start from just $35.

Prices may vary depending on the flight route, for example – Economy X on Sydney to Ballina (Byron Bay) starts at $35 while Perth to Brisbane starts at $75.

The upgrade can be selected during the online reservation process or by telephone, it can be added once the reservation has been made or as a last resort, during check-in either online or at the airport via the counters or kiosks. check-in, subject to availability.

Huge queues are seen at Virgin’s domestic departures terminal at Sydney Domestic Airport. File picture. Credit: DEAN LEWINS/AAPIMAGE

In a statement to 7NEWS.com.au, a Virgin Australia spokesperson said demand for the airline’s business class travel in 2022 had doubled pre-COVID 2019 levels.

Demand for Economy X or Premium Economy Class has also increased by 60% compared to pre-COVID 2019 levels.

The main business routes for Economy X this year have been Melbourne to Perth, Sydney to Perth and Sydney to Melbourne.

Travelers traveling with Qantas can access priority check-in at select airports if they are traveling in business class or if they are Platinum, Gold, Silver Frequent Flyer or Qantas Club members.

The industry says staff shortages exacerbated by isolation rules have led to chaos at airports as Easter approaches.

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