About Virgin Australia Airlines (VA)

Virgin Australia Airlines (VA) — more frequently called Virgin Australia — is a major Australian airline with one of the largest fleets in the nation. Based in Brisbane, Virgin Australia also has primary hubs in Melbourne and Sydney, serving 42 destinations in all states and territories. Although mainly a domestic carrier, the airline flies to 15 international destinations and maintains a regional hub in Auckland, New Zealand.

Virgin Australia has codeshare and interline agreements for U.S. destinations with Alaska Airlines (to Seattle—Tacoma) and Horizon Air (to Portland); and Ethiad Airlines in the Middle East.

  Popular Destinations

Domestic destinations top the charts at Virgin Australia, with Gold Coast and Adelaide among the carrier’s “focus cities”. Popular international destinations include Fiji (Nadi International Airport), Hong Kong (Hong Kong International Airport), Christchurch, New Zealand (Christchurch Airport), Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Vanuatu. With direct flights to Los Angeles, Virgin Australia’s codeshare agreements link further destinations on the West Coast.

  Choosing your car

We exist to help you get the best deal on a car hire — regardless of your destination. One way to maximize your savings is to team up your Virgin Australia flight with a car hire from Alamo, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, or Thrifty. Choose from minicars, compact 3-door and economy 4-door sedans. Select from standard, intermediate, and fullsize sedans. Or opt for a premium or luxury vehicle — convertibles are popular in Australia. You’ll be offered a full range of all-wheel drive SUVs and a comprehensive selection of 7-12 seater minivans, all from the most reliable car makers on the road today.

  Tips for Virgin Australia Airways Passengers Renting Cars


Last-minute deals are typically available, but for traveling during peak holiday seasons in Australia, book well in advance to avoid higher prices and limited availability on vehicles.


To rent a car in Tasmania, you must have held a driver’s license for at least 3 years prior to the rental period, but check your rental conditions to be sure in case of exceptions.


Airline car rentals in Australia generally require a modest deposit (cash or credit), as opposed to placing a hold on your credit limit.


Each of the major airline car rental companies have different policies for a wide range of requirements and restrictions. For example, Hertz doesn’t charge extra for additional drivers, while Thrifty and Europcar do. Likewise, the use of debit cards for rental deposits. It’s recommended that you read the “Important Information” section of any potential car hire agreement.


Standard Collision/Loss Damage Waivers (CDW/LDW) come with your car hire, but you’ll be offered additional coverage, generally known as Excess Reduction (ER) or Excess Waiver. If paying by credit card, your travel insurance may cover the excess and additional deductibles. You may be able to save on your rental by doing a short bit of homework.


GPS is a standard feature of most car rentals, but you may be thinking about using your mobile device for navigation instead of paying daily rates to access the online GPS. Check with your cell provider about roaming charges. It might be cheaper to rent the GPS.