Virgin Australia

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia will end their trans-Tasman alliance in October this year following seven years of partnership.

Bookings through Air New Zealand to travel on Virgin Australia services prior to 28 October 2018 are unaffected by this change, the below will continue to apply.

Baggage allowance

With the Virgin alliance it's easy. For flights between New Zealand and Australia, the baggage allowance of the airline you book through applies, even if a flight is operated by the other airline.

Member rewards

We're making a change to our frequent flyer partnership with Virgin Australia effective 1 November 2017.

Airpoints members will continue to be able to earn and redeem Airpoints Dollars™ on trans-Tasman and domestic Australian Virgin Australia flights, however for bookings from 1 November you will no longer be able to earn Airpoints Dollars on Virgin Australia's long haul services (between Australia and Hong Kong or Los Angeles).

Long haul bookings on Virgin Australia which are made prior to 1 November 2017 for travel after 1 November 2017, will still earn Airpoints Dollars as displayed in the Partner Airline flights tab of the Airpoints Dollars look up table. Normal booking class limitations will apply.

Airpoints members will continue being able to access their frequent flyer benefits on trans-Tasman and domestic Australian Virgin Australia flights.

Seating options

We know that when it comes to flying, one size doesn't fit all. View the trans-Tasman seating options.

Advance seat request

Seat Select is not available for Air New Zealand customers on a Virgin Australia operated service. Air New Zealand Airpoints™ Gold and Elite and Koru members travelling on VA operated services will be allocated priority seating at check-in. Just provide your Airpoints number when booking and present your card at check-in.


At the airport, check in with the airline that is operating your flight.

Inflight entertainment

On flights between Australia and New Zealand inflight entertainment is provided:

  • On Air New Zealand operated flights through seatback screens
  • On Virgin Australia operated flights there is no seatback entertainment. Download the Virgin Entertainment app on your personal device before you board

Travelling with infants and children

On Virgin Australia operated flights, each infant must be accompanied by an adult. On Air New Zealand operated flights two infants are allowed per accompanying adult, provided one infant is ticketed as a child and able to be seated in an approved infant car seat, which the accompanying adult must provide. For more see Travelling with children.

Where a fare includes a meal, with Air New Zealand operated flights you can request a kid's meal when you book.

Booking for children travelling alone

Children travelling alone can be booked online or through our call centre but can only travel on Air New Zealand operated flights.


Virgin Australia from:

Australia 13 67 89 
New Zealand 0800 67 0000
Other counties +61 7 3295 2296

Air New Zealand from:

Australia 13 24 76
New Zealand 0800 737 000
Other countries +64 9 357 3000