Virgin Airlines have been busy over the last few years in Australia, and abroad. Sydney’s premium lounge entry with direct kerbside access and Melbourne’s dedicated security screening have ensured select Virgin customers a painless and stress free trip. With the arrival of new planes in 2016, status credit earnings on Etihad, straight point sharing with Singapore Airlines and exciting new products like the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses, it’s easy to see why so many travellers have moved to Virgin domestically.
The new Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in Terminal 2 at Los Angeles captures the brand’s quirky nature in a beautifully designed lounge with contemporary furnishings and world class dining options. Passengers are greeted with a view toward the Hollywood Hills in a space with design cues from the USA’s west coast landscape – including accents of gold to represent sunshine, and artwork from both Californian and British artists. An extensive cocktail menu, fully stocked bar and solid wine list allow travellers to take the edge of before boarding while sampling nibbles prepared by local restaurant Hinoki and the Bird.
I’m yet to read a bad word about Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses with many travel writers claiming the Heathrow and Gatwick (with complimentary Spa and Barber) and the JFK example to be some of the best lounges in the world. As an airline partner of Virgin Australia, Velocity Frequent Flyer members could opt for a one-stop journey to London via LA – flying with Virgin Australia to the USA and then with Virgin Atlantic on the second leg, with access to the Clubhouse for Gold and Platinum Velocity members and Business Class travellers. Virgin Atlantic also have Clubhouses at JFK, Newark, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Tokyo.
Feature Image: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Tokyo