A closer look at the free Virgin Australia flight benefit that comes with the ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card

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POSTED: January 10, 2019
UPDATED: May 23, 2019
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The ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card is aimed at Virgin Australia enthusiasts and those who are interested in rewards points.

In this guide, we delve into the complimentary return domestic Virgin Australia flight benefit that you receive each year you hold the card.

When the benefit becomes available

The complimentary domestic return flight is available each year until the card is cancelled, and becomes available after meeting a $500 minimum spend requirement within three months (note that it lower than the $1,500 minimum spend requirement to unlock the bonus points).

Virgin Australia plane on tarmac

Where you can fly

The first key thing to understand is that there a list of routes between cities that you can redeem your Economy Class flight for—here is the table, which, thankfully, is actually fairly extensive.

You can use your complimentary flight in either direction between each city pair in the list below but double-check on the ANZ website for any changes that may have occurred since this guide was published.

City Pairs 
AdelaideGold Coast
AdelaideCanberra
AdelaideAlice Springs
AdelaidePerth
AdelaideBrisbane
AdelaideMelbourne
AdelaideSydney
AlburySydney
Alice SpringsAdelaide
Alice SpringsDarwin
Ayers RockSydney
Ballina / ByronSydney
BrisbaneProserpine
BrisbanePerth
BrisbaneNewcastle
BrisbaneHobart
BrisbaneSydney
BrisbaneTownsville
BrisbaneRockhampton
BrisbaneCloncurry
BrisbaneCanberra
BrisbaneDarwin
BrisbaneEmerald
BrisbaneAdelaide
BrisbaneHamilton Island
BrisbaneMount Isa
BrisbaneMelbourne
BrisbaneMackay
BrisbaneCairns
BroomePerth
CairnsSydney
CairnsBrisbane
CairnsMelbourne
CanberraBrisbane
CanberraGold Coast
CanberraMelbourne
CanberraSydney
CanberraAdelaide
CloncurryBrisbane
DarwinPerth
DarwinAlice Springs
DarwinSydney
DarwinMelbourne
DarwinBrisbane
EmeraldBrisbane
GeraldtonPerth
Gold CoastSydney
Gold CoastAdelaide
Gold CoastCanberra
Gold CoastMelbourne
Hamilton IslandMelbourne
Hamilton IslandSydney
Hamilton IslandBrisbane
Hervey BaySydney
HobartSydney
HobartBrisbane
HobartMelbourne
KalgoorliePerth
KalgoorlieMelbourne
KarrathaPerth
KununurraPerth
LauncestonSydney
LauncestonMelbourne
MackayBrisbane
MelbourneAdelaide
MelbourneBrisbane
MelbourneNewcastle
MelbourneSydney
MelbourneMildura
MelbournePerth
MelbourneGold Coast
MelbourneSunshine Coast
MelbourneLaunceston
MelbourneKalgoorlie
MelbourneCanberra
MelbourneCairns
MelbourneDarwin
MelbourneHobart
MelbourneHamilton Island
MilduraMelbourne
Mount IsaBrisbane
NewcastleMelbourne
NewcastleBrisbane
NewmanPerth
ParaburdooPerth
PerthAdelaide
PerthBroome
PerthBrisbane
PerthDarwin
PerthGeraldton
PerthKalgoorlie
PerthKununurra
PerthKarratha
PerthMelbourne
PerthNewman
PerthParaburdoo
PerthPort Hedland
PerthSydney
Port HedlandPerth
Port MacquarieSydney
ProserpineBrisbane
RockhamptonBrisbane
Sunshine CoastSydney
Sunshine CoastMelbourne
SydneyHobart
SydneyHervey Bay
SydneyGold Coast
SydneyLaunceston
SydneySunshine Coast
SydneyMelbourne
SydneyPerth
SydneyPort Macquarie
SydneyTownsville
SydneyAlbury
SydneyAdelaide
SydneyAyers Rock
SydneyBrisbane
SydneyBallina / Byron
SydneyCanberra
SydneyCairns
SydneyTamworth
SydneyHamilton Island
SydneyDarwin
TamworthSydney
TownsivlleBrisbane
TownsvilleSydney

The available city pairs between which you can use the complimentary flight are fairly extensive compared to other similar benefits from other banks, with East – West Coast routings allowed between Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane and Perth.

How to maximise the benefit

It really depends on which your home airport is—someone in Albury only has one option (Sydney) to choose from and with flights starting at $238 return, may find this benefit useful for popping up to Sydney for a long weekend.

Cardholders in a larger city like Melbourne have 15 options to choose from. You may choose to use the benefit on a flight on a route with lots of competition, like Brisbane, getting you about $200 in value; or, if you had a reason to fly to Kalgoorlie via Perth, you’d be getting at least triple that in monetary value.

It is interesting that routes requiring a layover, like Melbourne – Kalgoorlie, are still included in this benefit—that is quite generous of ANZ-Virgin Australia.

layover route map

How to make a booking

To make your booking, phone the ANZ Rewards Centre on 1300 367 763 between Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm AEST (excluding public holidays).

Key terms

A key restriction is that ANZ state that ‘bookings are subject to availability and some flights may not have complimentary seats available’—it depends on the fare class/es available on the specific flights you are looking at.

Next, the complimentary domestic flight is going to work best for people who can plan their trips in advance, as it must be booked at least 60 days before travel.

There is another set of restrictions to know about too—the account holder must be the traveller on the complimentary flight when it is redeemed, and you will not earn Velocity Points or Status Credits or able to upgrade to Business Class.

The terms and conditions of the free flight benefit are available here.

Summing up

The ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card is already a solid offering with no overseas transaction fees and a healthy sign-up bonus.

The free flight on Virgin Australia that comes with the card each year you hold it definitely helps to offset the annual fee.

Depending on where you are located and what your travel preferences are, you may be able to get outsized value from this benefit by flying on routes that suffer from high ticket prices.

A closer look at the free Virgin Australia flight benefit that comes with the ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card was last modified: May 23rd, 2019 by Matt Moffitt