Member since 16 Feb 2012
Total posts 133
Qantas Platinum no access for First Class International Lounges in MEL SYD BNE LAX AKL
Now that Qantas have successfully introduced Platinum-One as their top-tier QFF, what would be the possibility of Qantas dropping Platinum access from the eligible entry list into First class lounges?
Leaving Chairmans Lounge and PlatinumOne frequent flyers to actually find some space in the First lounges?
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 11 Sep 2013
Total posts 15
Doubt it, seeing as first class lounge access is a OneWorld privilege for Emerald status.
Member since 10 May 2011
Total posts 249
Not a chance unless they will classify Platinum One as OW Emerald and Platinum as OW Ruby. Don't see that happen.
Member since 09 Oct 2014
Total posts 36
Platinum to OW Saphire, but I totally agree with what you're saying.
Thanks for the correction, I meant Saphire
Member since 02 Jul 2011
Total posts 835
No chance. Would be totally empty. P1s would be at best 10% of the P population - the lounges were built to fit the number of Emeralds
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 24 Aug 2011
Total posts 384
Anything is possible. There is a weak rumour that P1 will be the new P.
Member since 07 Oct 2012
Total posts 761
I don't see it happening... if you were gold and directing all your traffic to QF, unless you would get enough status to reach P1, you'd probably considering mixing some VA flights to obtain status with that airline. You already have lounge access with Gold, so why bother pushing to Platinum?
I doubt it as well. It'll be interesting to see how much the Platinum population changes one year after the 2014 shake up of earnings for status credits - I guess this will free up some room. They've already made it harder to reach Platinum so I'd be surprised if they cut privileges like this any time soon.
Member since 21 Apr 2012
Total posts 2,058
Who cares what the calibration of Emerald is in the QFF framework, as long as the OW access rules don't change.
But yeah...highly unlikely.
How is it that you cannot find space in the First Class lounges?
The LAX First Class lounge was practically deserted when I was there. And this was during the evening peak with BA and CX flight departures.
In MEL the lounges are quiet in the evenings, despite QF9 and only gets mildly busy if QF 93 is delayed.
Member since 26 May 2014
Total posts 305
TRB, on my last visit to SYD First Class lounge, it was very crowded. This was in the morning before a QF107. Had to wait for a table for breakfast and then after eating struggled to find seating elsewhere. The meal service was also not what I have experienced previously. (not complaining, just stating it as it was).
I would think that the P1 population is less than 10% of P.
At some of QF's regional airports, the solution to crowded lounges is to simply close them to new guests once they are full - and eventually build a bigger lounge (KTA).
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