Flying with Virgin Australia just got more affordable
Australia’s second largest airline has revealed a new Economy product, which the company promises will be more affordable and “passenger friendly”
From today, Virgin Australia is introducing brand new Economy fares including Economy Choice, Economy Flex and Economy Lite, each of which will offer different booking options.
In a statement, Virgin Australia says: “Travellers will continue to receive 23 kilograms of checked baggage and seat selection when they book an Economy Choice or Economy Flex fare. Economy Choice will also offer bonus Velocity Frequent Flyer Points and Status Credits and booking flexibility for changes up to 14 days prior to departure without paying a fee.”
VA stated that the move came following a review of fares, pricing and bookings, which found that an average of 30 per cent of customers did not use their checked baggage allowance.
The airline is also introducing an Economy Lite seat-only fare, giving travellers the option to remove the unwanted cost of checked baggage from their ticket price
The move positions Virgin Australia as the only Australian airline to offer Economy, Economy X, seat-only Economy fares and Business Class, giving customers the most diversified range of airfare options in the domestic market. It will also bring Virgin Australia in line with most major US and European carriers.
The new fares will reduce Virgin Australia’s lowest lead-in Economy fare to just $59, which is a 33 per cent reduction when compared to September 2019 prices.
A Virgin Australia Group spokesperson said the new fares follow an extensive review of the airline’s fare pricing and structure.
“We discovered that nearly one in every three Virgin Australia customers don’t bring a checked bag when they travel, despite a bag allowance built in to their airfare. On flights between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, that number is even higher.
“Today we’re putting the power back in the hands of our customers by leaving it up to them to choose what they want. If they don’t want a checked bag or seat selection, they won’t have to pay for it – it’s that simple. If they prefer to keep the extras, there are great value inclusive fare options available.
“Every customer is unique and has different needs and budgets, and we want to welcome all of them onboard to experience our award-winning service, in the way that best suits them,” they said.
Today’s announcement will see Virgin Australia customers have more fare flexibility
Virgin Australia Club members including eligible Velocity Frequent Flyer and Lounge members will continue to be welcomed to enjoy the airline’s premium and domestic lounges, irrespective of the ticket they buy.
The introduction of the new Economy fares follows the announcement earlier this week that Virgin Australia will retain its premium loyalty program and premium lounges (formerly known as “The Club”) in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
‘Sorry’ – Optus hacker releases statement changing demands
Australian telecommunications company Optus has been the victim of a hack, with the hacker now backflipping on releasing 10,000 customer records.
The hacker initially demanded one million dollars, or else a tranche of 10,000 records will be released every day over the coming four days.
But within hours the decision was changed.
“Sorry too 10,200 Australian whos data was leaked. Australia will see no gain in fraud, this can be monitored. Maybe for 10,200 Australian but rest of population no. Very sorry to you. Deepest apology to Optus for this. Hope all goes well from this,” the alleged Optus hacker posted to a forum.
The records that have been released so far include names, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth, and gender.
Optus is urging customers to change their passwords and is working with law enforcement to investigate the incident.
A total of 9.8m current and former customers have been impacted by the breach, which the government says is a major corporate failure.
Optus is working with law enforcement and has advised affected customers to change their passwords and online security questions.
This is a developing story and more information will be released as it becomes available.
Apple’s big shift away from China
Apple’s big shift away from China will see the iPhone 14 manufactured in India
APPLE’S BIG SHIFT – In a move that is sure to please Indian officials, Apple has begun manufacturing the iPhone 14 in India.
“The new iPhone 14 lineup introduces groundbreaking new technologies and important safety capabilities. We’re excited to be manufacturing iPhone 14 in India,” the company said in a statement.
It marks a big shift in Apple’s manufacturing strategy, with most of its products produced in China up until now.
Apple’s decision to move some of its production to India is likely due to the ongoing trade tensions between the U.S. and China.
For years, Apple has relied on Chinese factories to assemble its products. But current tensions have made it difficult for Apple to source parts from the nation.
Experts say India is an attractive option for Apple because it has a large population of potential customers. Their labour laws are also more relaxed than those in China.
In saying this, wage growth in India is outpacing that of China. This could eat into Apple’s profits.
India is the world’s second-largest smartphone market and Apple currently has just a 3.8 per cent market share. Low cost competitors including Samsung and Xiaomi are continuing to reign supreme.
In research by JPMorgan, experts suggest Apple to move 5 per cent of its iPhone 14 production from late 2022 to India. From 2025, the tech company is expected to produce one in four of its devices, including iPads and watches, outside China.
The best airlines to fly ECONOMY in 2023
There’s always so much attention on the pointy end of the plane – business and first class. But for most, the decision of which airline to fly comes down to the most comfortable economy seat.
Here are our picks for the best airlines to fly economy in.
JetBlue is an American low-cost carrier that is headquartered in New York City. The airline was founded in 1999 and operates over 1,000 flights per day to more than 100 destinations in the United States, Caribbean, and Latin America. JetBlue is known for its low fares, friendly service, and comfortable seats.
The airline plans to increase its focus on domestic operations in 2019 with the launch of a new loyalty program and the addition of new routes from New York City and Boston.
2. Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines is an American low-cost carrier that is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The airline was founded in 1971 and operates over 4,000 flights per day to more than 100 destinations in the United States and 10 other countries. Southwest is known for its low fares, friendly service, and frequent flyer program.
As of 2018, JetBlue serves 101 cities in the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. The airline plans to increase its focus on domestic operations in 2019 with the launch of a new loyalty program and the addition of new routes from New York City and Boston.
3. Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines is an American low-cost carrier that is headquartered in Miramar, Florida. The airline was founded in 1980 and operates over 600 flights per day to more than 60 destinations in the United States, Caribbean, and Latin America. Spirit is known for its ultra-low fares, fee-based services, and often controversial marketing campaigns.
In recent years, the airline has also made a push to appeal to more business travelers, with an expanded network of flights to major cities. As it looks to the future, Spirit is hoping to continue to grow its market share and become a major player in the airline industry.
4. Allegiant Air
Allegiant Air is an American low-cost carrier that is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. The airline was founded in 1997 and operates over 400 flights per day to more than 120 destinations in the United States. Allegiant is known for its low fares, focus on leisure travel, and unique business model.
In addition to its scheduled services, Allegiant Air also offers charter flights and vacation packages. The airline is known for its low fares and friendly customer service.
5. Frontier Airlines
Frontier Airlines is an American low-cost carrier that is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The airline was founded in 1994 and operates over 1,000 flights per day to more than 90 destinations in the United States, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Frontier is known for its low fares, “unbundled” pricing structure, and animal mascot
In addition to its domestic operations, Frontier also offers flights to Mexico, Costa Rica, and Jamaica. With its growing fleet of Boeing and Airbus aircraft, Frontier is well-positioned to continue its expansion in the years ahead.
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