Hi, I am flying Qantas 1st class from London Heathrow to Melbourne, I see some articles saying that I can no longer use the other one world airling lounges in T3.

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LoveToFly

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 06 May 2012

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Hi, I am flying Qantas 1st class from London Heathrow to Melbourne, I see some articles saying that I can no longer use the other one world airling lounges in T3. However when i look at the one world website it doenst indicate this in the lounge section, or at least i cant see it. Any ideas? I was hoping to spend the afternoon before my flight checking out the Cathay Pacific and other lounges.

Thanks

am

Member since 15 Apr 2011

Total posts 216

The official line is that you can only use the lounge provided by the airline you are travelling with, unless you hold FF status that entitles you to use other lounges. So if you are a Platinum QFF then you continue to have access to all lounges, regardless of which carrier you're flying on, which cabin class you're flying etc.

It's worth trying your luck at the airport though, but bear in mind that CX has 3 flights departing in the evening, so might be strict on access to cut back on overcrowding...

John Walton

Member since 03 Jan 2011

Total posts 86

That's officially correct, but oneworld has been 'walking it back', in industry lingo.

What that means for passengers is that there's info saying both that you can and can't use the lounges. I've had spotty luck getting into LHR lounges solely on the basis of a business ticket, but you're right that a frequent flyer card (oneworld Emerald/Qantas Platinum) will get you into the first class lounges.

LoveToFly, I say chance it -- the worst that happens is that you have to "slum it" in the BA First Class Lounge in Terminal 3, which is actually a reasonable offering and much better than its business class sibling.

spinoza

Member since 01 Feb 2012

Total posts 218

Also as far as I know you can only go to 1 lounge per trip, so I don't think you can try out multiple.

John Walton

Member since 03 Jan 2011

Total posts 86

I've absolutely never heard or experienced that, spinoza -- do you have a source for that assertion?

spinoza

Member since 01 Feb 2012

Total posts 218

Sorry, I actually thought I read it on AusBT, this is not from personal experience.

Whenever I've flown Cathay, they give me an invitation to the lounge. If I have used the invitation to the Cathay lounge, can I still just walk out of it and go into the Qantas lounge (provided I am for example a Qantas Gold member?)

John Walton

Member since 03 Jan 2011

Total posts 86

Yes, if you're Qantas Gold you can get into the Qantas lounge when flying oneworld.

11sjw

Member since 11 Mar 2012

Total posts 159

Have to agree with John there spinozza.  Tried a couple of lounges (QF and CX) when last in HK.

LoveToFly

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 06 May 2012

Total posts 103

Thanks guys for all your repsonses. Apolgies I had issues with logging in and replying lately to asubt. I was confused by the below text on the one world website. Its the only thing I found about lounges on the website but I may have missed something on another section.

I guess Il arrive early and see If I can access the other lounges. Im the kind of person thats happy to sit with a drink in the lounge and watch the various aircraft land and take off for a few hours so If its just the BA lounge then thats not a issue.

Thanks again.

************** Taken from one world website*********

oneworld lounge access for First Class or Business Class travellers

Indulge yourself before departure in a wider range of airport lounges when you fly First Class or Business Class with a oneworld member airline.

Customers flying First or Business Class have access to the equivalent class of lounge regardless of their frequent flyer status. (First Class passengers may be accompanied by one guest travelling on a flight operated and marketed by a oneworld airline).

Customers flying in Economy class on the domestic or intra-European segment to connect to or from a oneworld longhaul First or Business Class flight can also use the lounge applicable to the class in which they are travelling the longhaul segment.

Exception:  American Airlines AAdvantage® Program members, regardless of their tier status, may not use lounges when travelling solely on North American itineraries (defined as within or between the USA, Canada, Mexico [except Mexico City], the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Caribbean). In these cases, access rules are governed by American Airlines' own rules (i.e. paid lounge-access membership).

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