Virgin Australia Excess Baggage
Virgin Australia is the second-largest airline in the country (after Qantas). Commencing operations as Virgin Blue in 2000, the airline today services more than 50 destinations, both domestic and international. Its main hubs are Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland airports. With more than 130 aircraft in its fleet, Virgin Australia offers Economy, Premium and Business Class flights, as well as ‘The Business’ – a private suite on domestic A330 coast-to-coast services and long-haul international B777 flights.
After some years operating as a budget airline, Virgin Australia changed its model and now describes itself as a ‘New World Carrier’. This means that passengers still have the option of purchasing a ‘no frills’, low-cost carrier style ticket, or may choose to pay extra for services in the style of a full-service airline. The airline’s frequent flyer program, Velocity, allows members to accrue points when flying with Virgin Australia and its airline partners, as well as through Velocity partners such as hotels and restaurants.
Virgin Australia’s checked baggage allowance varies depending on your travel class, destination and type of flight. However, the general baggage allowance ranges from one piece of 23kg luggage to three pieces of 32kg luggage per passenger. No single item of baggage may weigh more than 32kg. Excess baggage charges apply for additional pieces of luggage: $70 for the first additional piece, $90 for the second, and $150 each for other additional pieces (up to nine allowed in total). Any single piece of baggage exceeding specified weight limits will also incur an overweight fee of $70 per item.
Virgin Australia allows passengers to pre-purchase additional baggage allowance before check-in. For passengers on domestic flights, all additional baggage is charged per piece. Up to two pieces of additional baggage may be purchased in addition to the included baggage allowance specified for your journey. The total cost of pre-purchased additional baggage may vary depending on type of fare and Velocity membership, but generally, one additional piece costs $35 and two additional pieces cost $70.
Even with the option to pre-purchase additional baggage, things can get expensive pretty quickly – and Virgin Australia only accepts excess baggage on a space-available basis, meaning your luggage may not end up on the same flight as you. Luckily, there’s another option for transporting excess baggage: an air cargo service like the one offered by Pack & Send.
This service is ideal for passengers who have picked up one too many excess items in their international travels. Pack & Send’s air cargo service is able to transport goods worldwide on a fixed price basis, making it a more transparent, economical option. (Excess baggage transported through airlines tends to accrue additional fees and charges on top of the airline cost when it arrives at its destination.) Pack & Send also offers peace of mind to its customers, providing high-level, reliable service that ensures your excess baggage finds its way safely and securely to its destination.